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M. Basketball Coaching Staff
Mitch Henderson
Franklin C. Cappon-Edward C. Green '40 Head Coach

58-32 Record through first three seasons 28-14 Ivy League record through first three seasons 3 NCAA Tournaments as a player 1 Ivy League Player of the Year honoree as head coach 6 All-Ivy League honorees as head coach

Mitch Henderson ’98, who has won more games through his first three seasons than all but two coaches in program history won in their first three campaigns, enters his fourth season as the Franklin C. Cappon-Edward C. Green ’40 Head Coach of Men’s Basketball in 2014-15.

Henderson has coached six All-Ivy League honorees in his first three seasons, including 2013 Ivy League Player of the Year and two-time first-team All-Ivy League honoree Ian Hummer, an AP honorable mention All-America, 2014 first-team All-Ivy Leaguer T.J Bray and 2014 Ivy League Rookie of the Year Spencer Weisz.

While maintaining Princeton’s place as an annual contender in the Ivy League, Henderson has challenged the team out-of-conference, playing at Syracuse, North Carolina State, Florida State and Pittsburgh and continuing the annual series with Rutgers. In those games, Henderson’s teams outlasted Florida State in a triple-overtime game in Tallahassee and posted Princeton’s first win at Rutgers since 1999.

Henderson returned to Princeton as the program’s head coach on April 20, 2011 following 11 seasons as an assistant coach at Northwestern under his former coach at Princeton, Bill Carmody.

While a player at Princeton, Henderson was perhaps most famous for his celebratory leap following the Tigers’ 43-41 upset of UCLA in the first round of the 1996 NCAA Tournament, but that was only one of many moments of success during his collegiate career.

The following season, in 1997, Henderson and the Tigers won 19 games in a row on the way to a 14-0 Ivy League season in the first campaign under Bill Carmody following the retirement of Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame head coach Pete Carril. Princeton drew California in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and came up just three points short, something the team wouldn’t do the next year.

In 1998, Princeton was ranked No. 8 in the nation in the AP poll after beginning the season unranked and climbing throughout a 20-game winning streak that culminated in a first-round NCAA Tournament win over UNLV as the East Region’s No. 5 seed. The Tigers were 26-1 in the regular season, with the only loss coming on the road to a No. 2-ranked North Carolina team that went on to the Final Four.

Henderson earned second-team All-Ivy League honors in 1998 and an All-Ivy honorable mention in 1997. He is sixth in career assists in school history with 304 and ninth in career steals with 142. During his senior season, Henderson was a team co-captain and a co-winner of the B.F. Bunn Trophy, Princeton's most prized annual men's basketball award, sharing both with classmate Steve Goodrich.

In his work with Coaches vs. Cancer, Henderson has traveled to New York and Washington advocating for cancer awareness and research. Within the Princeton community, Henderson gives his time as a fellow at the university's Forbes College, one of six residential colleges on campus. His dedication to community involvement extends to the team, which makes visits to the Princeton YMCA to play basketball with local children.

A 1994 alumnus of Culver Military Academy in Culver, Ind., Henderson was the school's first 12-time letterwinner, competing in football, basketball and baseball. Henderson was drafted by the New York Yankees as an outfielder with the 24th pick of the 29th round, 815th overall, in 1994.

Henderson resides in Princeton with his wife Ashley, two-year-old son Theo and infant daughter Pippa.

 Year  School  Overall  Conference
 2011-12  Princeton  20-12  10-4/3rd Ivy
 2012-13  Princeton  17-11  10-4/2nd Ivy
 2013-14  Princeton  21-9  8-6/3rd Ivy
   Total at Princeton  58-32  28-14

Princeton University, B.A. Economics, 1998

Playing Experience
Princeton University, 1994-98

Coaching Experience
Princeton University, Head Coach (2011-present)
Northwestern University, Assistant Coach (2000-11)

Position: Franklin C. Cappon-Edward C. Green '40 Head Coach
Alma Mater: Princeton
Graduating Year: 1998