No matter what you call her, Katie A. Henderson is thrilled to be the new head coach of the SMS Lady Bear basketball team. She has always gone by Katie Abrhamson-Henderson, but decided to shorten it. She let her players decide what they wanted to call her and chose Coach Abe. This is Henderson’s first head coaching job, after spending two years as an assistant and six years at Iowa St. as an assistant. At both locations, the staff she was a part of helped to turn things around. Henderson told Missourinet Sports, “I’ve always been a part of winning programs and I’ve always been a part of programs that have a lot of…pressure to win.” Even if Henderson finds early success, don’t blame SMS fans if they get a little nervous. Cheryl Burnette, who resigned in April, left looking for a bigger program. Fans also remember the departure of men’s coach Steve Alford who left for Iowa. So is Springfield the kind of place Henderson would want to plant her roots? “Yes, absolutely”, and she added, “I’m very loyal and hate jumping around.” Henderson has won applause from Lady Bears fans. Now she’s hoping for their cheers. Just win, Coach Abe, just win.