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Adam Henry Named Wide Receivers Coach
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Published: February 03, 2012, 04:30 PM (CT)
by Michael Bonnette (@LSUBonnette), Sr. Assoc. Athletic Director/SID

BATON ROUGE - Adam Henry, who spent the past five seasons on the coaching staff of the Oakland Raiders, has officially joined LSU as wide receivers coach, head coach Les Miles announced on Friday.

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.

"Adam is a very talented coach," Miles said. "He's a tremendous teacher on the field and he comes to us with a very strong background having spent five years in the NFL with the Raiders and another 10 years at the collegiate level at McNeese.

"He has shown the ability to teach and instruct at the very highest levels of the game. We are excited about what he brings to the staff. He's going to give us a youthful energy that will help us continue to develop our receivers."

Henry is one of four LSU assistant coaches with NFL coaching experience, joining quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe, defensive line coach Brick Haley and special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey.

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.

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