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New Book "The First Season"

Pastor Haywood Henderson was known as "Hollywood" Henderson during his teenage/college days of basketball.  Coach Carter could not believe the skills these young men had for the game of basketball.  They played it because they loved it as a favorite hobby, but they did not understand or know the rules of the game.  Coach Carter took them to the top by teaching them the actual game.  This is his book featuring the team of a century.  To know Pastor Haywood Henderson, a pastor, preacher and wonderful man of God, you would never have known.  He gave up the game for God when his life was almost taken from him in a tragic car wreck during his college years. His is the pastor of two churches and sincere about the call of God more than anything else.  But before this, he was "Hollywood" Henderson, a basketball pro.

Coach Johnny Carter features our own Pastor Haywood Henderson in his new book, The First Season. Soon it will be a movie. God bless the coach and all involved in this wonderful endeavor. God bless Pastor Henderson!


   THE FIRST SEASON  The True Story of How a Rookie Coach Took a Newly  Integrated Team to a Texas State Championship

   “The First Season brings back many memories of my playing days in the 1950s and of the people and teachers who helped shape and form who I am today.”  —Carroll Dawson  Senior Consultant, Houston Rockets  Former Assistant Coach, Houston Rockets  Retired General Manager, Houston Rockets  “This book is a good learning tool for coaches, players, and fans.”  —Guy V. Lewis  Retired Head Basketball Coach, University of Houston  “A championship read, written by a championship coach, about a team of champions!”  —Dr. Charles Breithaupt  Executive Director, University Interscholastic League  Austin, Texas  “Coach Carter’s unique story combines the rich human relationships of To Kill a Mockingbird with the sports drama of Hoosiers.”  —Rick Sherley  Executive Director, Texas Association of Basketball Coaches  Sugar Land, Texas  “Coach Carter helped me prepare for life with lessons from the basketball court.”  —Sam Worthen  Harlem Globetrotters

Author Coach Johnny Carter

Coach Johnny Carter

Coach Johnny Carter was born and raised in Madisonville, Texas, and graduated from Madisonville High School in 1961. After an excellent basketball career at Madisonville, he went to Lon Morris Junior College on a scholarship. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston and finished his master's degree at Sam Houston State University.

Coach Carter's first coaching job was at Kennard High School in 1967. In four years there, his teams compiled a record of 160—13, winning three State Championships in 1967, 1968, and 1970. The 1968 Kennard Tigers set three Texas State Tournament scoring records, the last of which—most points scored in a three-game series—still stands.

Carter served at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas, as an assistant coach for three years. They were the Lone Star Conference Tri Champions in 1971 and played in the National AAU Tournament.

Carter was head coach at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas, for seven years, finishing second in the conference in his first season in 1974. Thereafter, his teams won six consecutive conference championships. They qualified for the Regional Tournament every year, reaching the National Junior College Tournament in 1976. He was voted Junior College Coach of the Year by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches that season. In 1980, his team was the winner of the highest scoring game in the history of basketball: 169—165 against Kilgore. The game ball is in the trophy case at the National Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. He coached two players at MCC who went on to the NBA: Vinnie “The Microwave” Johnson and Sam Worthen. Vinnie, the seventh player taken in the draft, played on two NBA championship teams for the Detroit Pistons in 1989 and 1990. Sam is on the coaching staff with the Harlem Globetrotters.

Coach Carter was an assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma for two years, reaching the NIT Final Four in 1982. Carter was head coach for twenty-two years at Madisonville High School and had sixteen playoff teams—in 1995, he reached the State finals.

Throughout his career, Carter's teams were known for their aggressive full-court pressure defense, which he used every year after that memorable first season. His teams compiled an overall record of 903 wins and 241 losses.

Several of Coach Carter's players went on to have outstanding coaching careers. Among those are Danny Kaspar, Tony Mauldin, Eddie Nelson, and Randy Weisinger.

Carter is married to his wife of fifteen years, Sallie, and they have three children: Candice, Ben, and John Reid. 


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