Adam Henry, who has coaching experience at both the NFL and collegiate level, has wasted little time in making an impact on the LSU passing game since joining the coaching staff in the spring of 2012. Since joining the Tigers after five years with the Oakland Raider organization, Henry helped the development of two of the most prolific receivers in school history in Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry.
Beckham Jr. and Landry both finished their LSU career ranked among the top 10 in school history in receptions and 100-yard games. The duo combined for a historical season in 2013 as they became the first set of receivers in school history to go over 1,000 yards in the same year. Landry led the Tigers with 77 receptions for 1,193 yards and 10 touchdowns, while Beckham Jr. caught 59 passes for 1,152 yards and eight TDs. Beckham Jr., who earned first-team All-America honors as a kick returner and an all-purpose player in 2013, was named the recipient of the 2013 Hornung Award as college football’s most versatile player. Beckham Jr. capped his third and final season at LSU by setting the school record for all-purpose yards in a season with 2,315. Beckham Jr. led the SEC and ranked No. 2 in the nation with 178.1 all-purpose yards a game.
Beckham Jr. was selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, while Landry was taken in the second round by the Miami Dolphins and backup wideout James Wright was picked in the seventh round by the Cincinnati Bengals.
As a unit in 2013, LSU ranked second in the SEC in passing efficiency with a 164.7 rating as the Tigers threw for 3,263 yards and 23 TDs in 13 games. The 3,263 yards ranks No. 3 in school history for a single season.
In his first year with the Tigers in 2012, Henry’s receiving unit featured four underclassmen and were led by sophomores Beckham Jr. and Landry, who combined for 99 receptions for 1,286 yards and seven touchdowns.
A native of Beaumont, Texas, Henry was a four-year letterwinner as a wide receiver at McNeese State from 1990-93 and later served on the Cowboys coaching staff for 10 years. Henry coached the wide receivers at McNeese State from 1997 to 2005 and then added assistant head coach and offensive coordinator duties in 2006.
Henry is one of three LSU assistant coaches with NFL coaching experience, joining offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and defensive line coach Brick Haley.
After 10 years at McNeese State, Henry joined the Raiders in 2007 as offensive quality control coach, a position he held for two seasons. Henry was elevated to tight ends coach in 2009 and he held that title for three years.
During his three years as Oakland’s tight ends coach, Henry continued the development of Zach Miller, who became the first tight end in franchise history to lead the team in receiving for three straight years. Miller caught a career-best 66 passes for 805 yards in 2009 and a year later he earned a spot in the Pro Bowl for the first time.
As the wide receivers coach at McNeese State, Henry produced the all-time leading receiver in school history in Jermaine Martin as well as the 2003 Southland Conference Player of the Year in B.J. Sams.
As a player at McNeese State, Henry earned All-Southland Conference honors in 1993. He finished his collegiate career with 93 receptions for 1,690 yards and 16 touchdowns, all of which remain top 10 marks in school history.
Following his career at McNeese State, Henry signed a free agent contract with the New Orleans Saints in 1994 and he spent the preseason on the Saints roster in 1995 and 1996. He was on the Saints practice squad for the 1995 season.
Henry graduated from McNeese State in 1998 and then followed with a Master’s degree in education in 2001. Henry has three children – Darian, Kynidee and Ava.
The Henry File
YEAR AT LSU: Third (appointed Feb. 3, 2012)
BIRTHDATE: April 27, 1972 in Beaumont, Texas
CHILDREN: Darian, Kynidee, Ava
HIGH SCHOOL: Kelly (Beaumont, Texas) HS
COLLEGE: McNeese State, B.S., 1998; McNeese State, M.S., 2001
1990-93 McNeese State
1994-96 New Orleans Saints
1997-2006 McNeese State (wide receivers, 1997-2005; offensive coordinator, 2006).
2007-11 Oakland Raiders (offensive quality control, 2007-08; tight ends, 2009-11)
2012-14 LSU (wide receivers)
As a player
Year Bowl/Playoff Team Opponent Results
1991 FCS 1st Round McNeese Nevada L, 22-16
1992 FCS 1st Round McNeese Idaho W, 23-20
FCS 2nd Round McNeese Northern Iowa L, 29-7
1993 FCS 1st Round McNeese William & Mary W, 34-28
FCS 2nd Round McNeese Troy State L, 35-28
As a coach
1997 FCS 1st Round McNeese Montana W, 19-14
FCS 2nd Round McNeese Western Illinois W, 14-12
FCS Semifinals McNeese Delaware W, 23-21
FCS Championship McNeese Youngstown State L, 10-9
1998 FCS 1st Round McNeese Massachusetts L, 21-19
2000 FCS 1st Round McNeese Georgia Southern L, 42-17
2001 FCS 1st Round McNeese Maine L, 14-10
2002 FCS 1st Round McNeese Montana State W, 21-14
FCS 2nd Round McNeese Montana W, 24-20
FCS Semifinals McNeese Villanova W, 39-28
FCS Championship McNeese Western Kentucky L, 34-14
2003 FCS 1st Round McNeese Northern Arizona L, 35-3
2006 FCS 1st Round McNeese Montana L, 31-6
2012 Chick-fil-A LSU Clemson L, 25-24
2013 Outback LSU Iowa W, 21-14