'No change' in Shiprock girls hoops coaching

Henderson to remain coach despite job being listed as open

Karl Schneider
  • On Friday, the Shiprock girls basketball head coaching position was listed as open.
  • Larenson Henderson was unaware of any changes in his role as the Lady Chieftains head coach.
  • Henderson has reached the state title game in three of his five seasons at Shiprock.

FARMINGTON — The Shiprock girls basketball head coaching position is listed as open, but it appears the job still belongs to Larenson Henderson.

Larenson Henderson, seen here consoling Ashley John after Shiprock lost in the 3A girls state championship game on March 14, 2014, in Albuquerque, was named Farmington's head girls basketball coach. Henderson spent the past six seasons at Shiprock, winning a state title in 2017, making the state finals twice and the state semifinals three times.

The position was posted on the Central Consolidated School District's career opportunities webpage on Friday, a little more than two months after the Lady Chieftains won the 4A state title, and remained listed as open as of this afternoon. However, CCSD athletic director Ben Tensay said today that there won't be any changes.

"As far as I'm going to say, there's no change," Tensay said regarding the Shiprock girls basketball coaching position. "We're just following some processes, that's all. There's nothing going on as far as changes."

Tensay added that posting the job to the district's careers page was "just a formality," and "nobody is out of a job."

Word of the position being open came as a surprise to Henderson, who said he was unaware of any changes involving his role as Shiprock's coach.

"I was just as shocked as everybody. On Saturday, I got texts and a of people were calling me, and I didn't know anything," Henderson said. "I was just as surprised as you were. As far as I know, I'm still going to be coaching (next season)."

Henderson said he plans to coach at Shiprock for as long as possible.

"When things like this come up, I can't take (coaching) for granted. I've always wanted to be coaching in my community," Henderson said. "I'm a graduate from here, and I've always wanted to come back and give back. I'd like to keep going and stay here 25 (or) 30 years if I can — but you never know."

Henderson has been the Lady Chieftains head coach for five seasons and has continued the program's storied history as one of the best in the state.

During Hendrson's tenure, Shiprock has never lost more than five games in a season, compiling a 134-19 overall record.

The team has at least reached the state semifinals every year Henderson has been the head coach, advancing to the championship game three times. In March, the Lady Chiefs won the state title over Hope Christian. It was the program's sixth state title and first since 2002.

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.