Henderson leaves Aquinas for LA Baptist

Aquinas football coach Josh Henderson, who has led the Falcons to two CIF titles in his career, resigned from Aquinas Thursday to take the head coaching job at North Hills Los Angeles Baptist.

Henderson, who won CIF titles in his first season in 2000 and in 2005, took the L.A. Baptist job because it included a full-time physical education teaching position, something that Aquinas could not offer him. He broke the news to his players this morning.

“It was an unbelieveably tough decision,” Henderson said. “Aquinas is a great place filled with some of the best kids you’ll find. It will be hard to leave them, but it would have been even harder had I been on campus. I missed teaching and LA Baptist provides that opportunity.”

Henderson leaves behind a loaded squad for the next Falcon coach. His younger brother Jake, who will be a senior, was a first-team All-Sun selection at linebacker last season while his nephew, incoming senior wide receiver Jim Jones, led the county in receptions and receiving yards en route to first-team All-Sun honors.

Henderson was also a standout linebacker under Dick Bruich in Fontana, graduating in 1993. Look for a more detailed story in Saturday’s Sun.