COLUMBIA — Missouri coach Gary Pinkel announced Monday that Josh Henson has been promoted to offensive coordinator and Andy Hill has been promoted to associate head coach and quarterbacks coach.
“I’m excited for both Josh and Andy and for our team,” Pinkel said in a statement. “They are both deserving of these opportunities, and I’m confident that they are going to do great things to move our program forward."
The 37-year-old Henson, who served on Missouri’s staff during the previous four seasons as the team’s co-offensive line coach, had reportedly been offered the offensive coordinator position at Southern Mississippi earlier in the week but decided to remain at Missouri instead.
Prior to joining Missouri, Henson served as a tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma State from 2001 to 2004 and held the same positions for LSU from 2005 to 2008. Henson is the only member of Missouri’s coaching staff to have won a national championship, which he did at LSU in 2007.
Since coming to Columbia in 2009, Henson has coached five All-Big 12 performers on the offensive line – Austin Wuebbels, Tim Barnes, Dan Hoch, Kurtis Gregory and Elvis Fisher. Just as importantly, though, he has used his prior recruiting ties to extend Missouri’s reach further into signature Southeastern Conference states such as Florida and Georgia.
“I’m so grateful to Coach Pinkel for the opportunity to take this next step,” Henson said in a statement. “We have a tradition at Mizzou of having a lot of success offensively, and I look forward to rolling up our sleeves as an offensive staff and getting us going. We have a lot of talented young men who are anxious to get out there and show what they can do. I’m excited to get to work.”
Henson replaces former Missouri offensive coordinator David Yost, who stepped down on Dec. 3 after 12 years at Missouri.
Hill, who has served as Missouri’s receivers coach since 1996, will now coach the quarterbacks and also become an associate head coach, a title Yost had earned prior to the 2011 season.
“This is a great opportunity, and I’m really eager for the chance to branch out in this new role,” Hill said in a statement. “We have a really gifted group of quarterbacks that I’ll get to work with, and I’m excited to dig in and get to work. Mizzou is such an important place to me and to my family. Not many people in this business get to coach at their alma mater for as long as I have, and I’m grateful to have that chance.”
While the details of their new contracts have not yet been finalized, Henson and Hill will likely receive significant raises. According to the university’s salary database, Henson made $221,500 last season in base salary, while Hill made $232,500. Yost, in comparison, made $354,750.
It has yet to be determined how the promotion of Henson will affect Missouri’s offense, which averaged 25.8 points per game last season in its inaugural year in the SEC. Missouri returns starting quarterback James Franklin and wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham next season, and head coach Gary Pinkel is hopeful that injured running back Henry Josey will return as well.
With Hill’s move within the coaching staff, Pinkel said a search for a new receivers coach is now under way.