Former Hornet standout and all-Big Sky linebacker Henry Fernandez joined the Sacramento State coaching staff prior to the 2015 season. During his tenure, he has assisted coaching linebackers and cornerbacks.
During his first season on the staff (2015), Fernandez helped coach his former teammate Darnell Sankey to All-America honors. Sankey became the first consensus All-American in the school's Div. I era after being recognized by the top four organizations. The senior finished the season ranked second in the Football Championship Subdivision and first in the Big Sky with 153 total tackles. His total was the second most in school history, placing him just one off the record set by Ryland Wickman in 1997. Along with 57 solo tackles, Sankey also had 9.0 tackles-for-loss, 3.5 sacks, 5 pass breakups and forced a fumble. During the year, he had at least 10 tackles in nine of the team's 11 games, including setting the school record with 27 stops at Weber State. That performance was also the most by an FCS player during the year.
Freshman Manoah Pearson ranked second on the team with 77 total tackles while playing next to Sankey. Pearson also had 4.5 tackles-for-loss and a pair of sacks.
In 2016, Fernandez coached the team's cornerbacks. Freshman Caelan Barnes led his group with 26 tackles despite playing in only nine games during the season.
In 2017, the Hornet defensive line had two first team all-Big Sky selections in Ben Sorensen and George Obinna. Sorensen, who was a third team Associated Press All-American, led Sacramento State with 10.0 sacks and finished the season with 12.5 tackles-for-loss. Fellow defensive end George Obinna was also named to the Big Sky first team after matching Sorensen's 12.5 TFLs and adding 8.5 sacks of his own. Dariyn Choates completed the honorees with 9.5 TFLs and six sacks while playing both end and tackle during the year. Overall, Hornet defensive linemen combined for 32 of the team's Div. I-era record 43 sacks.
A four-year letterwinner with the Hornets, Fernandez started all 12 games as senior where he earned honorable mention all-Big Sky honors at linebacker. During the season, he led Sacramento State with 106 total tackles which tied him for the ninth-highest single season total in school history. He had 10-plus tackles in six games, including his final three. Fernandez played a big role in the team's victory over UC Davis in the Causeway Classic where he had a career high 15 tackles, including two for loss, and forced a fumble.
The Oxnard, Calif., native concluded his career with 183 total tackles with 4.0 sacks and 10.0 tackles-for-loss. He also forced three fumbles and recovered two in his 42 career games.
Fernandez prepped at Oxnard HS where he was a third team all-state selection at linebacker, first team all-Ventura County and the Pacific View League Offensive Player of the Year as a senior.
He earned his bachelor's degree in economics from Sacramento State in December of 2014.
Henry and his wife, Katrina, welcomed their son Jax in June of 2018.
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