The task for new Tech High School football coach Tony Henderson is to make the Titans an annual contender in Class 6A.
It won’t be easy. Central Indiana is loaded with large school powers like defending state champion Warren Central, Carmel, Ben Davis, Pike, Fishers and others.
But Henderson, a former standout defensive lineman at North Central High School and the University of Michigan, knows that is the reality.
“That’s who you have to beat to compete in 6A,” said Henderson, who compiled a 12-7 record in two seasons at Marshall. “We have some talented kids at Tech; no different than Center Grove or Carmel. It’s a hungry group.”
Tech has been building steadily over the last few years, finishing 5-6 last season against a competitive schedule. The Titans lost 27-10 to Southport in the sectional championship, after which coach Emil Ekiyor told the team he had resigned.
Ekiyor, 16-15 in three seasons at Tech, was one of 59 Indianapolis Public School employees, many of them coaches without teaching degrees, who saw his position eliminated last summer.
Henderson, 42, coached one year at Howe prior to taking the job at Marshall. He had previously been an assistant at Warren Central, North Central and Howe after his nine-year career in Arena Football came to an end.
“I’m excited to be one of the 32 Class 6A coaches in the state,” Henderson said. “I think the first goal football-wise for us is to win the sectional. That’s where it has to start.”
Tech has never won a football sectional.
“We have a very good returning roster,” he said. “There are guys who are capable of earning all-city and all-state accolades. I’m excited to get started.”
Henderson’s hiring is pending school board approval at Tuesday’s meeting.
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