Patrick Henderson is in his second season (2014-15) at USC, serving as a graduate assistant working with the defense.
In 2014, USC’s defense was in the nation’s Top 20 in turnover margin, red zone defense and third down conversion defense. USC played in the 2014 Holiday Bowl.
He spent the previous 4 seasons (2010-13) as an assistant at Contra Costa Junior College in San Pablo (Calif.), coaching the defensive backs each year and also serving as the defensive coordinator in 2013. The Comets played in the 2012 and 2013 Living Breath Foundation Bowl, winning it in 2012. Contra Costa shared the 2012 Big Valley Conference title.
Henderson, 28, also served as a group facilitator and life coach at Contra Costa from 2012 to 2014 and was a recreation leader for the city of Oakland (Calif.) from 2011 to 2013.
He lettered 4 seasons (2006-09) as a cornerback at Oregon State, appearing in every game of his career primarily on special teams. He made 33 tackles in his career (including 15 as a senior) and had an interception. He also was a kick returner as a junior and senior, running back 12 kicks for 293 yards (24.4 avg). He redshirted in 2005.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Oregon State in 2010. He is working on his master’s degree in communication at USC.
He prepped at McClymonds High in Oakland (Calif.), earning 2004 San Francisco Chronicle All-Bay Area and All-Oakland Athletic League first team.
He was born Jan. 5, 1987. He has a daughter, Payton, 6.
BIRTHDAY: Jan. 5, 1987
FAMILY: Daughter, Payton, 6
HIGH SCHOOL: McClymonds HS, Oakland, Calif.
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, sociology, Oregon State, 2010
PLAYING EXPERIENCE: McClymonds HS, Oakland, Calif.
Oregon State, cornerback, 2006-09
COACHING EXPERIENCE: 5 years