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Remembering Gordy Henderson

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Orcutt Academy High School lost a great man and one of its all-time favorite coaches two weeks ago in coach Gordy Henderson who passed away at the age of 80. Henderson spent almost 60 years coaching football and was regarded as a fantastic and invaluable coach by many as well as an overall inspiring leader.

Henderson spent last year coaching here at Orcutt Academy, helping our 8-man team become the best they can be. Current Head Football Coach Ben Alberry said on Twitter: “We lost a great man today… In my first year as head coach when I needed some help, Gordy joined our staff and helped propel our team and give us a great opportunity to win league and a CIF title. Without him, we never would have gotten that far! Thank you for everything, coach!”

Prior to getting involved with coaching, Henderson played football for Long Beach State in 1960. Henderson was a record-breaking tailback, and went on to coaching for multiple teams on the central coast over a 57 year period. In addition to working at Orcutt Academy, Henderson also coached at St. Joseph, Righetti, and Santa Maria High Schools.

Not only was he a great coach, but Gordy was a fantastic guy. OAHS senior and varsity quarterback Max Daniels had the privilege of being coached by him and said, “He had a real passion for the game and the players. Not only did he teach us about the game, but he cared about keeping us safe and making us better people along the way.”

A memorial service was held for Henderson on March 23 in the West Trails Barn in Orcutt. Burial services are scheduled for Saturday, March 30 at Green Hills Memorial Park, 27501 South Western Ave. in San Pedro at 1pm On behalf of all of Orcutt Academy and the Central Coast: thank you Gordy. May you rest in peace.

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