Kentucky baseball coach Gary Henderson has resigned.
John Hale of the Courier-Journal originally reported the news. Henderson, whose Wildcats failed to make the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year, said his resignation was his decision on Wednesday.
“Coaching in the SEC is not a job, it’s a lifestyle,” Henderson wrote in a letter attached to a university news release. “All aspects of the job, from recruiting to player development, are all-consuming and require a 24/7/365 commitment. After 30 years in coaching, I have decided it is time for me to step away for the time being.”
Henderson took over at Kentucky in 2009, compiling a 258-199 record in eight years. His teams never finished better than tied for second in the SEC, but he did get the Wildcats into postseason play twice, in 2012 and ’14.
Henderson’s resignation comes after a 2016 season in which Kentucky went 32-25, including 15-15 in SEC play. The Wildcats’ season ended in the first round of the SEC baseball tournament with a 5-2 loss to Alabama, whose coach Mitch Gaspard has also resigned.