American Football Database
Horace Hendrickson
File:Horace Hendrickson.jpg
Hendrickson pictured in The Agromeck 1953, NC State yearbook
Sport(s)Football, basketball, baseball
Biographical details
Born(1910-08-24)August 24, 1910
Delphos, Ohio
DiedMay 22, 2004(2004-05-22) (aged 93)
Raleigh, North Carolina
Playing career
Head coaching record
Overall35–28–1 (football)
95–21 (basketball)
109–56–1 (baseball)
Accomplishments and honors
2 North State (1938, 1941)

Horace James "Horse" Hendrickson (August 24, 1910 – May 22, 2004) was an American football, basketball and baseball player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Elon University from 1937 to 1941 and at North Carolina State University from 1952 to 1953, compiling a career college football record of 35–28–1. From 1937 to 1941, Hendrickson coached at Elon University, where he compiled a 31–12–1 record. His best season came in 1941, when his team went 8–1. For much of the 1940s, he was an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania. From 1952 to 1953, he coached at North Carolina State University, where he compiled a 4–16 record.

Hendrickson played football, basketball and baseball at Duke University. He then served as director of athletics at Elon University, and coached football, baseball and basketball from 1937 to 1942.[1] In 1942, he moved to the University of Pennsylvania replacing Howard Odell as the backfield coach on the football team.[2]


Hendrickson was married to Gene Fulton Swartz of Derry, Pennsylvania on June 18, 1938.[3] The couple had two sons: Richard Fulton and James Alva.[4]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Elon Phoenix (North State Conference) (1937–1941)
1937 Elon 7–1
1938 Elon 6–3 T–1st
1939 Elon 5–5
1940 Elon 5–2–1
1941 Elon 8–1 1st
Elon: 31–12–1
NC State Wolfpack (Southern Conference) (1952)
1952 NC State 3–7 2–4 T–10th
NC State Wolfpack (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1953)
1953 NC State 1–9 0–3 7th
NC State: 4–16 2–7
Total: 35–28–1
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


  1. "Elon gets $2 million donation". News14. December 5, 2007. Archived from the original on July 19, 2011. Retrieved January 1, 2011. "The Hendrickson's made their donation in honor of Jay's father and former Elon Coach Horace Hendrickson. He served as director of athletics, and coached football, baseball and basketball."
  2. "Penn Post to Hendrickson". The New York Times. March 3, 1942. Retrieved January 1, 2011. "Horace Hendrickson football coach at Elon College was named today to succeed Howard ODell as backfield coach at the University of Pennsylvania ..."
  3. "Derry Girl Wed on Saturday". Greensburg Daily Tribune. June 20, 1938.,5918130. Retrieved March 2, 2011.
  4. "Horace James Hendrickson". The Nystroms of Apex, NC. Retrieved March 2, 2011.

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