LSU receivers coach Adam Henry is leaving the staff to join the San Francisco 49ers, the school confirmed Sunday afternoon.
A source told The Advocate earlier Sunday that Henry had planned to leave for a job with the 49ers, and team spokesman Michael Bonnette quickly confirmed the news.
Henry, 42, joined the staff in 2012. He recently signed a new two-year contract with the Tigers that included a $55,000 raise. He was set to make $375,000 this season. He has a buyout in his contact of 15 percent of his remaining salary — about $110,000.
Henry will join new 49ers coach Jim Tomsula’s staff, which includes former LSU special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey.
A Beaumont, Texas, native who played at McNeese State, Henry came to LSU from the Oakland Raiders. He was an offensive quality control coach for two years in Oakland before coaching tight ends his final three years there, 2009-11. His only other coaching job was as a 10-year stay at McNeese.
Henry’s exit means the Tigers will have three new assistant coaches in 2015. Kevin Steele was hired to replace John Chavis, who left for Texas A&M, and Ed Orgeron replaced Brick Haley, who was reassigned to an off-the-field role.
Henry leaves just a few days after National Signing Day, when LSU signed a top-10 class. Henry was the primary recruiter on two in-state receivers who flipped to LSU on signing day: Derrick Dillon (from Florida) and Brandon Martin (from Missouri). He was the secondary recruiter on QB Justin McMillan, athlete Lanard Fournette, receiver Tyron Johnson (the top-ranked player in Louisiana) and snapper Blake Ferguson.
Henry most notably tutored current NFL standouts Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry in 2012 and 2013. Beckham and Landry finished their LSU careers ranked among the top 10 in school history in receptions and 100-yard games. The duo combined for a historic season in 2013 as they became the first set of receivers in school history to exceed 1,000 yards in the same year.
As a player at McNeese State, Henry earned All-Southland honors in 1993. He signed a free-agent contract with the Saints in 1994, and he spent the preseason on the team’s roster in 1995 and 1996. He was on the Saints practice squad for the 1995 season.
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