Podcast #14, Ashton Henderson (THE Florida State University)

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As we close out the summer term and quickly close in on the start of the fall semester, we are extremely fortunate to have our next guest with us.  This guest is someone who needs absolutely no introduction – please welcome Ashton Henderson to our podcast.  For the two of you out there who haven’t met him, Ashton is an Associate Director of Football Advising and the Coordinator for the Seminole Leadership Program for THE Florida State University.  You can hear Ashton’s podcast here:

Anchor: https: https://anchor.fm/wes-maas/episodes/Ashton-Henderson-THE-Florida-State-University-e1sngh

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Ashton Henderson was named the Associate Director of Football Advising in August of 2016.

He rejoined the Florida State University Athletic Department in January 2015 as an Senior Academic Advisor/Student-Athlete Development Coordinator. Henderson previously served as an Academic Advisor for the football and track & field teams at Florida State University during the 2012-2013 academic years for Student-Athlete Academic Services.

Henderson served as an Associate Director of Football Academic Services at Clemson. He worked with the offensive side of the ball from (2013-2015).  Henderson also served on various diversity committees and worked closely with campus stakeholders, to ensure the university was inclusive for everyone. While he was a Graduate Assistant at Michigan State University, he developed and administered a freshman mentoring program for football players called “Keeping It Real Mondays.” This program was designed to help freshmen football players get acclimated to college as well as teach essential life skills.

A native of Tallahassee, Florida, Henderson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising from Michigan State University in 2010. He was a four year letterman playing cornerback for the Michigan State football team. Henderson returned a blocked punt 33 yards for a touchdown vs. Northwestern to help fuel the greatest comeback in NCAA Division I-A history as the Spartans rallied from a 35 point deficit for a 41-38 victory in 2006. In 2012 he earned his Master’s degree in Public Relations from Michigan State University.

Ashton is married to Attorney Jasmyne Henderson and currently serves as the acting chair of the Ethic Concerns Committee for the National Association for Athletic Academic Advisors (N4A). Henderson is an active member of Bethel AME Church in Tallahassee.


N4A Board of Directors (2017-2019)
N4A Professional Development Institute Faculty – Student-Athlete Development Track
2017 NCAA Mental Health Task Force
SWA Mentoring Mentoring/Mentee Program Recipient (2017-2018)
N4A Division Director/ Student-Athlete Development
N4A Concurrent Workshop Presenter – “Managing Generational Differences” (2018)
N4A Model Practice Winner Concurrent Workshop Presenter – “LYFE Beyond the Spear” (2018)
Florida State University Diversity & Inclusion Certificate (2017)
N4A Concurrent Workshop Presenter – “It Takes A Village: Learning Specialist and Advisor Collaboration in Football Academics” (2016)
N4A Concurrent Workshop Presenter – “Best Practices for Successful Advising for African American Student-Athletes” (2016)
N4A Professional Promise Award Recipient (2015)
N4A Professional Development Institute Graduate – New Practitioner Track (2013)
N4A Individual Academic Advising Credential (2012)

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