Artesia’s Cooper Henderson steps-down after 14 New Mexico state football titles

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One of the all-time best high school football coaches in the history of New Mexico high school football is stepping down.

Cooper Henderson, who took over the Artesia High School football program in 1989, is leaving as the Bulldogs head coach after 14 state championships.  Henderson, who will stay-on as Artesia’s athletic director, leaves with a lifetime record of 293-103-1.  Henderson is fourth on New Mexico’s all-time coaching victories list.

In December, Henderson and his Bulldogs won the school’s 29th overall state title with a 42-34 win over Centennial in the 5A championship game.

Artesia’s 29 state titles ranks second on America’s all-time state championships list.  Washington High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota tops the list with 39 state titles.

New Mexico Career Wins List

  1. *Eric Roanhaus (Clovis) 335-137-5
  2. James Bradley Sr. (Mayfield/Roswell/Mayfield) 310-91-9
  3. Bill Gentry (Highland/Eldorado) 305-102-5
  4. Cooper Henderson (Ruidoso/Artesia) 293-103-1

*still active


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