The Littlerock High School football team will have a familiar face leading it next season.
Dennis Henderson, Littlerock’s athletic director, has agreed to return as head coach for the Lobos. Last season was his first year at the helm.
“The biggest key for us was stability of these kids and trying to get a coach that would be on campus,” Henderson said.
Stability will be Henderson’s main goal this season. He said he wants to find the right coach to lead the program in the coming years, and will only step down as head coach after he finds the right fit at that position.
Henderson said he hopes that individual will be someone on this year’s coaching staff.
“The biggest thing we’re trying to do is groom some coaches who will be on campus and they’re a great fit (and) they have the kids in mind as far as what’s going on,” Henderson said.
Henderson took on the head coaching duties last year because another coaching candidate had problems getting in paperwork on time, he said. He decided to give it another go this season because the other seven applicants either were not on campus or could not commit to multiple years as head coach, Henderson said.
“Usually when I’m interviewing coaches, I want those coaches to at least say, ‘Hey, I’m gonna give you four years, if not five,'” Henderson said. “It can’t be a revolving door. It has to be someone who wants to set some roots and stay at a place.”
The Lobos went 2-8 overall last season, and Henderson hopes to improve on that mark next season. Henderson said the team is already getting in work lifting weights and working on drops, coverages and passing.