Pinkel stays loyal, hires from within

University of Missouri Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel announced today the promotions of two staff members on the offensive side of the ball. Josh Henson has been named offensive coordinator and Andy Hill has been named associate head coach and the quarterbacks coach.

Henson has been the Mizzou co-offensive line coach since joining the Tigers staff from LSU prior to the 2009 season. Six of his offensive lineman have won all-star honors nine times in his tenure, including true freshman guard Evan Boehm who was named to this year's First Team Freshman All-American Team.

Hill just finished his 17th season at Mizzou and has played a vital role in coaching and recruiting. He has helped develop three First Team All-Americans in the past five seasons - WR Jeremy Maclin, WR Danario Alexander and TE Michael Egnew. He has been apart of Gary Pinkel's staff for all 12 seasons at Mizzou after serving five seasons (1996-2000) on former Coach Larry Smith's staff.

â??Iâ??m excited for both Josh and Andy, and for our team,â?? said Pinkel. â??They are both deserving of these opportunities and Iâ??m confident that they are going to do great things to move our program forward. Josh has been a key part of our system for four years and he will bring his own style to how we will operate. Andy is an outstanding teacher of the game. His experience and knowledge of our complex passing game, as well as his energy and drive, will translate well, and will give him a unique perspective that heâ??ll bring to the quarterback position group.â??

Henson was part of staffs at both Oklahoma State and LSU which produced record-setting passing offenses and included NFL first-round draft pick receivers Rashaun Woods (2004), Dwayne Bowe (2007) and Buster Davis (2007).

â??Iâ??m so grateful to Coach Pinkel for the opportunity to take this next step,â?? Henson said. â??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. Iâ??m excited to get to work,â?? he said.

Hill, a Trenton, Mo. native, played receiver for Mizzou from 1980-84, and he earned his degree from MU in 1985.

â??This is a great opportunity and Iâ??m really eager for the chance to branch out in this new role,â?? said Hill. â??We have a really gifted group of quarterbacks that Iâ??ll get to work with and Iâ??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 Iâ??m grateful to have that chance,â?? he said.