Collierville High School boys basketball coach resigns after internal investigation

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. — Collierville High School varsity boys head basketball coach Cedric Henderson resigned on Thursday following an internal investigation, the school district confirmed.

Shawn Taggart has been named the interim head coach.

According to Henderson’s LinkedIn page, he had only been the head coach for about three months. Before that, he was the assistant coach at Christian Brothers University from Oct. 2020 to Nov. 2021.

Henderson began his coaching career at Trezevant High School and was head coach from Jan. 2013 to Jan. 2018. He also coached at Southwest Tennessee Community College and Wooddale High School. Henderson played college basketball at the University of Memphis and was a four-year letter winner for the Tigers from 1993-97. When he left, he was the school’s 6th all-time leading scorer. Henderson was inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame in 2008.

FOX13 reached out to Collierville Schools for details of Henderson’s resignation. The district released the following statement:

The Collierville Schools Board of Education has adopted a Coaches’ Code of Conduct (see Policy 4.301), to which all coaches are required to adhere. Earlier this week, administrators and School Board members were alerted to certain actions of Collierville High School boys’ basketball coach Cedric Henderson that represented potential violations of that code. After an internal investigation and conversations with both school and district officials, Mr. Henderson elected to submit his resignation to Collierville Schools.

Collierville Schools, as a general practice, does not comment publicly on employment decisions. At this time, however, pursuant to the Tennessee Public Records Act (TCA 10-7-503), various media outlets have submitted official requests for certain documents related to this incident. The district intends to comply fully with these requests but will have no additional comments, as we consider the matter to be closed.

The district released a statement Friday naming Shawn Taggart as interim coach.

Taggart has been a Collierville High School support staff employee since 2020 and helped lead the Dragons to a state semifinal appearance last season as an assistant coach.

Taggart was a member of the University of Memphis Tigers basketball team that reached the NCAA national championship game in 2008. He also spent nine seasons playing basketball professionally overseas.

Henderson’s resignation makes three head coaches for the high school in the last three months.

Despite the leadership changes, the Collierville Dragons are playing well on the court, with more than ten wins this season.

“I am curious what happened since we’ve had so much turnover,” said Collierville parent Jamel Kirkland. “I’d imagine the school will put something out officially, let us know what happened. But it is kind of shocking we’ve had so much turnover.”

Kirkland said he does not have a child on the boy’s basketball team, but it’s impressive that the team has still managed to play well with all the changes.

“I think that speaks volumes about them and their character in these types of situations without solid leadership,” he said.