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Deb Henderson to lead Demon girls

Dale Strode

Deb Henderson is going back, back, back … to basketball.

Henderson, the former coach at Eagle Valley, was named this week as the new girls basketball coach at Glenwood Springs High School.

She will take over for Charlie Brenzikofer, who led the Demons for three seasons before stepping down to devote more time to family and business interests.

“I’m excited about moving up a level to 4A,” said Henderson, who coached the Class 3A Eagle Valley girls for five seasons.

“I’m just extremely excited to meet the girls and develop a rapport with them … and let them get to know me,” Henderson added.

She said she plans to meet with the Glenwood Springs girls next week to line out plans for summer basketball camps, weight training and conditioning.

“Yes, I’m ready to get going,” she said, adding that she is eager to get back in the gym, back on the court, back on the bus and back into high school basketball.

After five seasons at Eagle Valley, Henderson has been in private business the last two years. And she’s been involved in basketball camps and private instruction, including stints with the Tricia Bader Basketball Camps, directed by the WNBA player and former Roaring Fork all-stater and Boise State all-star.

Now, she said, it’s time to get back to the business of coaching basketball. And the Glenwood Springs opportunity was far too good to pass up, said the former Montana high school standout.

Her love of basketball started in high school, Henderson said. And a trip to the Montana State Basketball Tournament as a senior, when her school finished fourth, accelerated her appreciation of the game, she said.

She went to Sheridan Junior College in Wyoming on a basketball scholarship. Her JC team won the Wyoming Conference both years she played in Sheridan.

“We missed going to nationals by two points!” Henderson said, her voice reflecting a competitive spirit that continues today.

She finished her college basketball career with two seasons at Tabor College in Hillsborough, Kan.

During her senior season, Tabor’s team reached the NAIA National Tournament, one of her basketball highlights, Henderson said.

At Tabor, Henderson played guard, forward, center, point guard – everywhere.

“I was famous for my defense,” Henderson said with a chuckle, adding that defense will be a primary focus for her Demons next year.

“Defense will be a huge focus … in-your-face defense with some pressing, trapping, some zone.

“If you can throw different defenses out there, that’s a big help,” she said.

“And I think I will definitely have a motion offense. We’ll run some set plays and work out of different sets,” said Henderson, who served as an assistant coach at Mesa State College in Grand Junction for one season before taking the Eagle Valley head coach’s position.

In each of her five seasons at Eagle Valley, the Devils sent a player on the college basketball – including familiar names like Jamie Mayne, who started at Otero Junior College and now plays at Western State in Gunnison.

She added that her familiarity with Western Slope basketball will help with the transition to the 4A ranks.

Plus, Henderson said she thinks it will be good for the Glenwood Springs girls to have a female coach.

“This is their first woman coach in a long time,” Henderson said. “It think it’ll be a nice change for the girls.

“Having a female role model is huge for girls,” Henderson added.

“I’m definitely excited … we’ll be runnin’ and gunnin’ before you know it.”


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