February 22, 1963 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
MAC Regular Season Championship (1995)
Pac-10 Coach of the Year (2010)
ACC Coach of the Year (2004)
MAC Coach of the Year (1995)
Sendek was formally introduced as the ASU head coach on April 3, 2006. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, he served as an assistant coach at Providence College and the University of Kentucky under Rick Pitino. He was then the head coach at Miami University and at North Carolina State University. He was the head coach at N.C. State for 10 years. He is the grandson of a coal miner. Herb Sr., his father, is a teacher and basketball coach at both the high school and junior college levels. During his youth, Sendek was influenced by several coaches who had a great impact on him, including legendary junior college coach Bill Shay. Sendek became a standout guard as a senior at Penn Hills High School, earning All-East Suburban notice as the team captain. He was also a leader in the classroom, graduating with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. He was recently named to the Penn Hills Hall of Fame and to the East Boros Chapter of the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame. From there, Sendek opted to attend Carnegie Mellon University, earning a Carnegie Merit Scholarship and the opportunity to play for coach Dave Maloney.
- Born on February 22, 1963 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
- Went to high school at Penn Hills High School, Pittsburgh, Valedictorian of Class of 1981, 4.0 Grade Point Average
- Played basketball at Penn Hills High School, Two-year letter winner and team captain.
- Went to college for a B.S. in industrial management from Carnegie Mellon University, in 1985; 3.95 grade point average, graduated summa cum laude and earned the Carnegie Merit Scholarship.
- Played basketball at Carnegie Mellon, Three-year letterman, 1981–84.
- 1984–85 – Assistant Coach, Central Catholic High School (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
- 1985–86 – Graduate Asst. Coach, Providence College
- 1987–89 – Assistant Coach, Providence College
- 1989–93 – Assistant Coach, University of Kentucky
- 1993–96 – Head Coach, Miami University (Ohio)
- 1995 – Honored as MAC Coach of the Year, also Miami(Ohio) won Mid-American Conference Championship.
- 1996–2006 – Head Coach, North Carolina State University
- 2004 – Honored as ACC Coach of the Year.
- 2006–present – Head Coach, Arizona State University
- 2010 – Honored as Pac-10 Coach of the Year
Sendek was hired at NC State in 1996 after three years at Miami (Ohio), his first head coaching experience. He immediately improved upon the Les Robinson era, winning 17 games for the program's first winning record in six years. In his first year at NC State, the Wolfpack also finished the year winning eight of eleven games, advanced to the finals of the ACC Tournament, and earned a trip to the postseason in the NIT.
Sendek coached NC State to the NCAA tournament five consecutive years from 2002 until 2006 (tying the school record). He won his 100th game at NC State in 2002. In 2004, Sendek won ACC Coach of the Year and Julius Hodge, one of Sendek's most prized recruits during his NC State tenure, won the ACC Men's Basketball Player of the Year. In 2005, NC State upset defending champion Connecticut in the second round of the NCAA tournament to advance to the Sweet Sixteen, NC State's deepest run into the tournament during Sendek's years. Due to an 8–38 record against Duke and North Carolina and failing to win an ACC championship, support for Sendek began to decline leading to an unpleasant atmosphere. Herb Sendek moved to Arizona State to rebuild the Sun Devil program.
On April 3, 2006, Sendek accepted the head coaching job at Arizona State. While his first year record in the Pac-10 was a paltry 2–16, recruiting went well: ASU signed Jerren Shipp, a highly regarded high school guard, point guard Derek Glasser from the LA Area, and Eric Boateng, a McDonald's All-American who transferred from Duke. His second recruiting class included highly touted McDonald's All-American James Harden and point guard Jamelle McMillan (a four star recruit and the son of former NC State Basketball star Nate McMillan).
The 2007–2008 season was a great improvement over the previous season. Sendek and freshman guard James Harden led the Sun Devils to fifth place in the Pac-10 Conference, including a sweep of rival Arizona. Arizona State was rewarded with a number 1 seed in the 2008 NIT. The 2008–2009 team led by Pac-10 Player of the year Harden improved to a 25–10 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Since the departure of Harden for the NBA, the Sun Devils program finished 2nd in the Pac-10 during the 2009–10 season in what was a weak Pac-10 Conference. That year, the conference RPI was so weak, it was the first time the 2nd place Pac-10 team didn't get an at-large invitation to the NCAA tournament. The Sun Devils instead were given a No. 1 Seed in the NIT and lost to the Jacksonville Dolphins in Tempe. With three returning Seniors there were high expectations 2010–2011 season was expected to make a run at the Pac-10 Title again. However, the Sun Devils finished in last place with a record of 12–19(4–14). Some of the program's troubles could be due to the high transfer rate of recent recruits.
The 2011–12 season was anticipated to be better with the addition of newcomer and 2010–11 Arizona High School Player of the Year Jahii Carson. However, Carson failed to gain NCAA clearance to play. The season became even more troublesome as Coach Sendek dismissed his leading scorer, Keala King, from the team on January 7, 2012 for undisclosed reasons.
Head coaching record
|Miami (OH) (Mid-American Conference) (1993–1996)|
|1993–94||Miami (OH)||19–11||12–6||2nd||NIT First Round|
|1994–95||Miami (OH)||23–7||16–2||1st||NCAA Second Round|
|1995–96||Miami (OH)||21–8||12–6||3rd||NIT First Round|
|Miami (OH):||63–26 (.708)||40–14 (.741)|
|NC State (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1996–2006)|
|1996–97||NC State||17–15||4–12||8th||NIT Second Round|
|1997–98||NC State||17–15||5–11||8th||NIT Second Round|
|1998–99||NC State||19–14||6–10||5th||NIT Second Round|
|1999–2000||NC State||20–14||6–10||6th||NIT Semifinals|
|2001–02||NC State||23–11||9–7||T–3rd||NCAA Second Round|
|2002–03||NC State||18–13||9–7||4th||NCAA First Round|
|2003–04||NC State||21–10||11–5||2nd||NCAA Second Round|
|2004–05||NC State||21–14||7–9||T–6th||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2005–06||NC State||22–10||10–6||4th||NCAA Second Round|
|NC State:||191–132 (.591)||72–88 (.450)|
|Arizona State (Pacific-10/12 Conference) (2006–present)|
|2007–08||Arizona State||21–12||9–9||5th||NIT Quarterfinals|
|2008–09||Arizona State||25–10||11–7||3rd||NCAA Second Round|
|2009–10||Arizona State||22–11||12–6||2nd||NIT First Round|
|2012–13||Arizona State||21–12||9–9||6th||NIT Second Round|
|Arizona State:||140–115 (.547)||64–78 (.447)|
National champion Conference regular season champion Conference tournament champion
- "Arizona State Names Herb Sendek Men's Head Basketball Coach" (Press release). Arizona State University. April 3, 2006. Retrieved 2006-04-03.
- "Keala King gives statement on twitter for leaving Az". arizonasports.com. arizonasports.com. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
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