Herb Sendek

Herbert Joseph Sendek Jr. (born February 22, 1963) is an American college basketball coach who is the current men's basketball head coach at Santa Clara.

Herb Sendek
Herb Sendek in 2016.jpg
Sendek in 2016.
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamSanta Clara
Record62–63 (.496)
Biographical details
Born (1963-02-22) February 22, 1963 (age 57)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1981–1984Carnegie Mellon
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1985–1989Providence (assistant)
1989–1993Kentucky (assistant)
1993–1996Miami (OH)
1996–2006NC State
2006–2015Arizona State
2016–presentSanta Clara
Head coaching record
Overall475–358 (.570)
Accomplishments and honors
MAC regular season (1995)
Pac-10 Coach of the Year (2010)
ACC Coach of the Year (2004)
MAC Coach of the Year (1995)

Early lifeEdit

Herbert Joseph Sendek, Jr. of Slovak descent,[1] grew up in Pittsburgh and attended Penn Hills High School. He starred as a point guard in basketball, lettering two years, serving as team captain, and earning All-East Suburban honors. He graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average and was valedictorian of the Class of 1981. Sendek's father, Herb Sr., was a teacher and basketball coach at both the high school and junior college levels.[2]

College careerEdit

He played college basketball at Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a three-year letterman. He graduated summa cum laude in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in industrial management and earned the Carnegie Merit Scholarship.[2]

Assistant coachEdit

In 1984–85, Sendek served as an assistant coach at Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh.

Sendek served as a graduate assistant coach at Providence in 1985, then as an assistant coach at Providence from 1987 to 1989. He then served as an assistant coach at Kentucky under Rick Pitino from 1989 to 1993.

Head coachEdit

Miami (Ohio)Edit

In 1993, Sendek accepted his first college head coaching job, at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, succeeding Joby Wright, who left to become head coach at Wyoming. In his first season, 1993–94, the Redskins (now RedHawks) posted a 19–11 record and finished second in the Mid-American Conference (MAC).[3]

In 1994–95, Miami improved to 23–7 overall, winning the MAC championship with a 16–2 record and earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament. In the Midwest Regional, #12 seeded Miami shocked #5 seeded Arizona 71–62, before losing to #4 seeded Virginia in overtime in the Second Round.[3]

In Sendek's third season at Miami, 1995–96, the team went 21–8 and finished third in the MAC. Miami earned a berth in the NIT, losing a first-round game to Fresno State, 58-57.[3] Sendek was named the 1995 MAC Coach of the Year.[3]

North Carolina StateEdit

After three seasons at Miami, Sendek was hired at North Carolina State in 1996, becoming the youngest head coach in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).[4] He immediately improved upon the Les Robinson era, winning 17 games for the program's first winning record in six years. The Wolfpack ended the season winning eight of 11 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, was named 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 16, NC State's deepest run into the tournament during Sendek's years.

Due in part to an 8–38 record against Duke and North Carolina combined with failing to win an ACC championship, fan and booster support was in steep decline. This ultimately played a factor in Sendek deciding to leave NC State for the head coaching vacancy at Arizona State.[5]

Arizona StateEdit

On April 3, 2006, Sendek accepted the head coaching job at Arizona State.[6] 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 2007–08 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 2008–09 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.

After 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 #1 Seed in the NIT and lost 67-66 to the Jacksonville Dolphins in Tempe. With three returning seniors, there were high expectations for the 2010–11 season with an expected run at the Pac-10 title again. However, the Sun Devils finished in last place with a record of 12–19 (4–14).

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.[7] The season became even more troublesome as Sendek dismissed his leading scorer, Keala King, from the team on January 7, 2012 for undisclosed reasons.[8] The season resulted in a tenth-place finish in the new Pac-12. A sixth-place finish followed in 2012–13 with a trip to the NIT. In 2013–14, ASU finished with a 21–12 record and a loss in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.

On March 24, 2015, Sendek was fired by Arizona State after an 18–16 record, losing to USC in the Pac-12 Tournament, and a trip to the NIT.[9]

Santa ClaraEdit

On March 28, 2016, Sendek accepted the head coaching job at Santa Clara, replacing recently fired coach, Kerry Keating who was fired after nine years.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Sendek is married to Melanie (Scheuer); they have three daughters.[2]

Sendek was inducted into the Penn Hills Hall of Fame and into the East Boros Chapter of the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame.

Head coaching recordEdit

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Miami Redskins (Mid-American Conference) (1993–1996)
1993–94 Miami 19–11 12–6 2nd NIT First Round
1994–95 Miami 23–7 16–2 1st NCAA Division I Second Round
1995–96 Miami 21–8 12–6 3rd NIT First Round
Miami: 63–26 (.708) 40–14 (.741)
NC State Wolfpack (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
1999–00 NC State 20–14 6–10 6th NIT Semifinal
2000–01 NC State 13–16 5–11 7th
2001–02 NC State 23–11 9–7 T–3rd NCAA Division I Second Round
2002–03 NC State 18–13 9–7 4th NCAA Division I First Round
2003–04 NC State 21–10 11–5 2nd NCAA Division I Second Round
2004–05 NC State 21–14 7–9 T–6th NCAA Division I Sweet 16
2005–06 NC State 22–10 10–6 4th NCAA Division I Second Round
NC State: 191–132 (.591) 72–88 (.450)
Arizona State Sun Devils (Pacific-10 Conference / Pac-12 Conference) (2006–2015)
2006–07 Arizona State 8–22 2–16 10th
2007–08 Arizona State 21–12 9–9 5th NIT Quarterfinal
2008–09 Arizona State 25–10 11–7 3rd NCAA Division I Second Round
2009–10 Arizona State 22–11 12–6 2nd NIT First Round
2010–11 Arizona State 12–19 4–14 10th
2011–12 Arizona State 10–21 6–12 10th
2012–13 Arizona State 21–12 9–9 6th NIT Second Round
2013–14 Arizona State 21–12 10–8 T–3rd NCAA Division I First Round
2014–15 Arizona State 18–16 9–9 T–5th NIT Second Round
Arizona State: 159–137 (.537) 72–90 (.444)
Santa Clara Broncos (West Coast Conference) (2016–present)
2016–17 Santa Clara 17–16 10–8 T–4th
2017–18 Santa Clara 11–20 8–10 7th
2018–19 Santa Clara 16–15 8–8 T–5th
2019–20 Santa Clara 20–13 6–10 7th Postseason not held
Santa Clara: 64–64 (.500) 32–35 (.478)
Total: 477–359 (.571)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ Weber, Chris A. (July 2009). "Point Person". Carnegie Mellon Today. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c http://www.thesundevils.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30300&ATCLID=208247396
  3. ^ a b c d "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-03-03. Retrieved 2014-03-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2199&dat=19960417&id=6qcyAAAAIBAJ&sjid=7uYFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5667,310620
  5. ^ http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/college/mensbasketball/bonus/2006-11-02-sendek-ariz-state_x.htm
  6. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=2393517
  7. ^ "Jahii Carson ruled ineligible". Scout.com. Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  8. ^ "Keala King gives statement on twitter for leaving Az". arizonasports.com. arizonasports.com. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
  9. ^ "Arizona State fires Herb Sendek". espn.com. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  10. ^ "Report: Herb Sendek hired as Santa Clara's head coach". azcentral. Retrieved 2016-03-28.

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