Connors State's Lou Henson Named to Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame

WARNER — Lou Henson who played at Connors State College in 1951 and 52 has been named to the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame it was announced Wednesday.  Henson will be inducted in Oklahoma City on Feb. 19th.

Henson a native of Okay, graduated from Connors State in 1952 before transferring to New Mexico State University where he later coached from 1966 to 1975 then spent 21 years at the University of Illinois before retiring in 1996. His retirement was short lived as he returned to New Mexico State for one season, 1997-98.

Henson was the first Connors State player to have his number retired (11) in 1996. He was inducted into the Connors State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012. Henson was previously inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015 and the Illinois Hall of Fame in 2018.

Henson was born and raised in Okay. He started his coaching career at Las Cruces (N.M.) High School before moving on to Hardin-Simmons University, New Mexico State and Illinois. He finished his career with a record of 779-412, taking both the Illini and the Aggies to the Final Four.

The other inductees include former Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops, NFL Hall of Fame offensive lineman Will Shields, Olympic gold medal wrestler Kendall Cross, longtime Oklahoma softball coach Patty Gasso, World Series winner Mike Moore and three-time Silver Slugger winner Mickey Tettleton.