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Herbert J. Sendek (born February 22, 1963 in Pittsburghmarker, Pennsylvaniamarker, United Statesmarker) is the head basketball coach at Arizona State Universitymarker.


Sendek was formally introduced as the ASU head coach on April 3, 2006.A graduate of Carnegie Mellon Universitymarker, he served as an assistant coach at Providence Collegemarker and the University of Kentuckymarker under Rick Pitino. He was then the head coach at Miami Universitymarker and at North Carolina State Universitymarker. 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.


Coaching career

NC State

Sendek was hired at NC Statemarker in 1996 after three years of success at Miami marker, 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 and had a winning conference record in each year but 2005. 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 Connecticutmarker 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. Sendek finished his NC State coaching career with a 71-88 record in the ACC (46-34 in those last 5 seasons) and a 32-87 record against RPI top 50 teams.

Arizona State

On April 3, 2006, Sendek accepted the head coaching job at Arizona Statemarker. 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 former McDonald's All-American who transferred from Dukemarker. 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 James Harden improved to a 25-10 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Style of Play

Sendek's teams have come to be characterized by tenacious match-up zone defense, and methodical offense. His style of offense incorporates many Princeton principles into a modified motion offense, and is often characterized by a center posting up at the top of the key, many handoffs and lateral screens, as well as numerous backdoor cuts. Sendek's teams often rely on the three point shot to set up the backdoor play, which has at times resulted in long scoring droughts on poor shooting nights. Herb is a methodical coach and demands the same from his players. Currently, Sendek has been using a modified 3-2 zone defense at ASU.

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