Henderson reaches 600-win mark

Posted 2/29/2020

Calhoun head baseball coach Chip Henderson recorded his 600th coaching victory on Saturday.

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Henderson records 600th career victory

Calhoun High School head baseball coach Chip Henderson tried his best to convince a reporter that he didn't draw up Saturday's dramatic one-run victory over Fannin County in eight innings that helped the legendary coach notch his 600th career victory.

The Jackets won the first game of a doubleheader in a thriller on Julian Ipac's walk-off RBI single that scored pinch runner Owen Goble for a 2-1 victory.

Then Calhoun took a 4-3 walk-off victory in the bottom of the seven in the second game of the doubleheader to sweep the Rebels and give Henderson his 601st victory.

"That certainly was not how we drew it up," Henderson said. "But I couldn't have asked for two more exciting games, two big wins over a very good Fannin County baseball team."

Henderson is only the 11th high school baseball coach in Georgia to reach the 600-win plateau. His 601 victories rank him sixth on the active coaching list. He trails only Saint Anne-Pacelli coach Bobby Howard, Westside-Augusta coach Gerald Barnes, Harlem coach Jimmie Lewis, Buford coach Stuart Chester and Harlin among active coaches.

Henderson was honored at home plate in between games after the milestone win. He improved his overall record to 601-182.

All of his victories have come at Calhoun, the only place he has ever coached.

"That means a lot ...being that it happened at the only place I've ever been, that means a lot," he said. "It was fun while it lasted, but I'm glad it's over. Now we can put it behind us."