Jolene Henderson
Jolene Henderson

Player Profile

Elk Grove, Calif.

High School:
Sheldon HS






Pac-12 Honors Henderson as Pitcher of the Week

Henderson ties Michele Granger's program-record 13 weekly Pac-12 honors


Beavers Edge Bears, 1-0, to Stop Sweep

Cal produced just two hits in its first shutout loss


Bears Homer Twice for Series Win

Breana Kostreba and Victoria Jones hit home runs in a 3-1 rout of Oregon State in game two of the series


Cordes Goes Yard to Deal Oregon State Run-Rule Shutout

Cheyenne Cordes hit a two-RBI home run in the fifth inning to shut out Oregon State 8-0


Total Team Effort Shuts Out Broncos 5-0

Cal used all 17 of its healthy players to shut out Santa Clara


2012 Cal Softball - Year in Photos

2012 Cal Softball - Year in Photos


Cal-Kentucky Photo Gallery

Cal gets by Kentucky, 1-0, in its second game at the Columbus Regional.

Career Highlights:
Top 10 Finalist USA Softball Player of the Year (2013)
Top 10 Finalist Senior CLASS Award (2013)
Senior CLASS Award First Team (2013)
4x NFCA All-Pacific Region First Team (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010)
3x All-Conference First Team (Pac-12 2013, 2012; Pac-10 2011)
NFCA Second Team All-American (2013)
2x NFCA First Team All-American (2012, 2011)
13x Conference Pitcher of the Week
2x Honda Sports Award Finalist (2012, 2011)
2x Conference Pitcher of the Year (2012 Pac-12, 2011 Pac-10)
Academic All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention (2012)
Honda Sports Award Finalist (2011)
All-Pac-10 Second Team (2010)
Pac-10 All-Freshman Team (2010)
Cal's all-time winningest pitcher (130 wins)
All-time pitching appearances leader (186)
Second all time for games started (143), saves (9), complete games (123) and innings pitched (1,095)
Third all time for shutouts (54) and strikeouts (1,124)

As a Senior (2013):

Top 10 finalist for USA Softball Player of the Year and the Senior CLASS Award...Voted one of two team captains for the season...Named to the ESPN Preseason All-America team...Owns a 130-35 career pitching record...Became Cal softball's all-time winningest pitcher with career win No. 120 in a 4-1 victory over Utah (3/24)...Tossed 1,124 strikeouts in her collegiate career...A member of Cal's 1000K club, of which only three other Golden Bear pitchers are members of...Ranked second all-time for games (186), games started (143), saves (9), complete games (123) and innings pitched (1095)... Named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week in back-to-back weeks (3/12 & 3/19), and again named Pitcher of the Week (3/22)...Ranks tied for third all-time in the Pac-12 for weekly conference honors (13) and tied for first all-time in the Cal softball program...Tossed 13 shutouts in 2013 with 31 complete-game performances...Finished season with a 32-11 record in 47 games played...Started every game of the Ann Arbor Regional...Pitched her fourth career no-hitter and second in Regional play against Valparaiso (5/18)...Matched her career-high 10.0 innings in the circle vs. UCLA (4/13)...Struck out 15 batters in seven full frames vs. Sacramento State (3/30)...Also a reliable hitter, batted .248 with 18 runs scored and eight home runs with five multi-hit and seven multi-RBI games... Homered in back-to-back games of a twinbill in the Arizona series...Homered with 3 RBI in the third game of the UCLA series (4/13) to keep the Bruins from sweeping... Selected to the Chevron Spring Fling All-Tournament Team...Led Cal to a 1-0 victory against Fresno State (3/9) with a solo homer.

As a Junior (2012):

Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year...finalist for national player of the year...five-time Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week...Hit .284 with two home runs in 47 games started in the batting lineup...started 38 games in the circle for a total of 282.1 innings pitched with 332 strikeouts and a 1.66 ERA

As a Sophomore (2011):

Pitched almost every game for the Blue and Gold after starting pitcher Valerie Arioto was injured in preseason practice...Named an Easton First-Team All-American and the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year...Placed on the NCFA All-Pacific Region First Team and the All-Pac-10 First Team...Had a 1.88 ERA in the postseason, posting a 6-3 record...Became the all-time single-season wins leader; ended the season with 40...Pitched 18 shutouts, two one-hitters, two no-hitters and one perfect game...Struck out 333 batters and limited them to a .189 batting average...Awarded the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award five times...Pitched all 19 innings at the Women's College World Series

As a Freshman (2010):

Heralded with placement on the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Region first team...Had a 1.43 ERA in 192.2 innings of work, notching three complete-game one-hitters...Placed on the All-Pac-10 second team and All-Freshman team...Possessed a 0.59 ERA in nonconference play prior to Supers

Bench Warmer:

During her first years as a young softball player, Jolene was not very good, Her first coaches had to move her from the outfield, where she sat picking flowers and chasing butterflies, to the infield because she wouldn't pay attention unless she had the ball.

Not a Natural Pitcher?

When Jolene first started pitching, she hated it because she wasn't very good, hurling the ball over the backstop on multiple occasions. She did that so much that her ball league made a limit to the number of times a pitcher could do that before being pulled. That did not matter to Jolene, who purposefully threw the ball over the backstop to be pulled.

Family Ties:

Her father, Joe, coached her and her younger sister Danielle for years. Danielle was Jolene's teammate on multiple teams before joining her at Berkeley. Jolene often jokes that she demanded Danielle attend Cal so that the younger Henderson wouldn't hit home runs off Jolene. The eldest Henderson sibling - David - also attended Cal.

Why I have my number:

I wear No. 54 because it was my dad's football number. I've always been a lot like my dad and I look up to him because he and my mom have taught me so much and made me into the person I am today. My parents do so much for me and always have. I wear 54 to be like my dad - strong, caring, determined and controlled - and I braid my hair for my mom.


American Studies

The Gold Standard