Hayfield hires Lake Braddock offensive coordinator Eric Henderson as head football coach


Eric Henderson, left, who led Lake Braddock’s offense with his son Caleb (right) at quarterback, has been hired as Hayfield’s head coach. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)
February 21

Eric Henderson, who spent the last two seasons as the offensive coordinator at Lake Braddock, has accepted the head football coaching job at Hayfield.

With Henderson’s son, Lake Braddock quarterback and All-Met Offensive Player of Year Caleb Henderson heading to the University of North Carolina in the fall and his older children in or finished with college, Henderson knew he would have more time for football in the fall.

Before joining the Lake Braddock staff, Henderson served as the head coach at former Patriot District rivals T.C. Williams and West Potomac.

“I’ve only heard great things about kids and the community,” Henderson said of Hayfield. “Teachers talk about the positive atmosphere in the school, and these are hard-nosed kids, so I felt I should put my name in the mix.”

With Henderson leading the offense, the Bruins completed an unbeaten regular season and advanced to the Virginia 6A North region semifinal. The averaged 45.8 points per game and finished the year ranked No. 8 in the final Post’s Top 20.

“It’s very difficult to leave,” Henderson said. “Coach Jim Poythress is one of the best in the Northern Region. With what he’s done with the program and the staff, it’s tough to leave. Kids are fantastic and worked hard. There was nothing bad about these past two years that would have driven me away and make we want to go somewhere else.”

Henderson has coached in Alexandria for 13 years between his three high school stops and brings 22 years of high school football coaching experience to the Hawks.

“I’ve seen it all or seen most of it,” Henderson said. “I feel like the past few years have been really good for me as far as offensive and defensive philosophy.”

He may be implementing his potent spread offense with the Hawks depending on the their quarterback situation. Last year’s starter, Ellis Knudson, signed with Towson after Hayfield’s 5-6 campaign last fall.

Henderson will take over full-time in late June but said he’s started working in the weight room with the football team. He will teach social studies at the school.

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