Henderson State Reddies football
First season1905
Athletic directorShawn Jones
Head coachScott Maxfield
14th season, 99–54 (.647)
StadiumCarpenter-Haygood Stadium
(capacity: 15,000)
Field surfaceGeoGreen
LocationArkadelphia, Arkansas
ConferenceGreat American Conference
Conference titles15
RivalriesOBU Tigers
Consensus All-Americans25
ColorsRed and gray[1]
Fight songThat Old Reddie Spirit
Marching bandThe Showband of Arkansas
WebsiteReddie Athletics
For information on all Henderson State University sports, see Henderson State Reddies

The Henderson State Reddies football program is a college football team that represents Henderson State University. The team is a member of the Great American Conference which is in the Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Reddies are currently coached by Scott Maxfield, who is in his seventh year at the university. Home games are played at Carpenter-Haygood Stadium in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.[2] Henderson State shares the longest rivalry in Division II football with Ouachita Baptist University Tigers, the Battle of the Ravine, which began in 1895. Gus Malzahn, who played wide receiver for the Reddies, is one of their most famous alumni.

Head Coaches

Main article: List of Henderson State Reddies head football coaches

The Henderson State Reddies have had 18 head coaches since they began play in 1905.[3]

The team has played 1,028 games in 116 seasons of Reddie football. In that time, Scott Maxfield led the Reddies to four postseason bowl games. Seven coaches have won conference championships: Bo Rowland, Bo Sherman, Duke Wells, Jim Mack Sawyer, Clyde Berry, Sporty Carpenter, and Scott Maxfield. Jimmy Haygood also claimed four Arkansas state championships.

Sporty Carpenter is the leader in seasons coached and games won, with 119 victories during his 19 years at Henderson. J.H. Lassiter has the highest winning percentage with .833. Patrick Nix has the lowest winning percentage with .136.

The current head coach is Scott Maxfield, who was hired in 2005.


Ouachita Baptist Tigers

Main article: Battle of the Ravine


  1. ^ "Henderson State University Visual Identity and Brand Standards". Retrieved July 16, 2017.
  2. ^ "Henderson State Historical Data". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2014-02-10.
  3. ^ "FOOTBALL RECORD BOOK NEW SUMMER 2020 UPDATE (PDF)" (PDF). Henderson State University Athletics. Retrieved 2021-01-15.