Former Redwood Christian High School Girls’ Basketball Coach Joe Hendren will be inducted into the Castro Valley Sports Foundation Hall of Fame on May 3, 2104. A member of only the third year of election, he will be part of the group of sixteen joining thirty-two-previously elected members.
Coach Hendren, always supported by his wife Sandy, started his coaching career coaching T-Ball at the CV Boys and Girls Club in 1984. Coach always wanted to be working with young people sharing with them his talents and time. After coaching at the junior high and boys junior varsity level, he accepted the Varsity Girls Basketball position in 1992. He coached the Varsity Girls Basketball Team for eighteen seasons, taking his team to the Section Play-offs fourteen times, with a league record of 134-62 (.683) and led the Lady Eagles to the State Play-offs in both 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 seasons, winning the State Championship in 1999-2000. All of this was accomplished without apologizing for or compromising his personal testimony of his love for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He coached more than athletes. He coached future generations of Christian leaders and moms and dads.
Coach Hendren was honored as the Alameda News Group (ANG) Coach of the Year for the 1999-2000 season, and last year was honored as the California Interscholastic Federation/North Coast Section’s 2013 Girls’ Basketball Honor Coach for his “Professional Conduct, Service to Interscholastic Athletics, Outstanding Coaching Accomplishments, and Contributions to School and Community.” Eight of his players went on to play at the college level.
Jim Cleveland, Redwood Christian Schools Director of Athletics, upon learning of Coach Hendren’s election responded “This is yet another well deserved honor for Coach Hendren. Coach was always successful in communicating his love for the game with the players he coached. In addition to being a great teacher of the game, Coach Hendren cared deeply for all of his players.”
Lowell Hickey, who was the Sports Editor at the Daily Review many years ago, will be interviewing and writing a story about Joe in an upcoming issue of the Castro Valley Forum. It will be published in a future News and Views.
Coach Hendren is the third member of the Redwood Christian Schools community to be elected to Castro Valley Hall of Fame. In 2010, the inaugural year, Superintendent Bruce Johnson (former coach and Director of Athletics 1974-1986) was elected, and in 2012, the second year, star athlete Allison Greenaway was elected. Allison was a member of Coach Hendren’s State Championship in 1999-2000 and second place finish in 2000-2001.
Congratulations, Coach! Your RCS family is very, very proud of you!
(You can read all about the Castro Valley Sports Foundation Hall of Fame at www.castrovalleysportsfoundation.org)