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Arizona State University parts ways with coach Herb Sendek

Arizona State announced Tuesday that coach Herb Sendek’s contract had been terminated following an 18-16 season in 2014-15 which ended with a first-round exit from the Pac-12 Tournament and a second-round ouster in the National Invitation Tournament.

After joining the Sun Devils in 2006 from Raleigh, where he was at the helm of North Carolina State for a decade, Sendek’s teams have compiled a 159-137 record. ASU has twice qualified for the NCAA Tournament under Sendek and finished second in the Pac-12 in 2009-10. The coach never advanced a Sun Devils team past the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

In a statement, ASU vice president for university athletics Ray Anderson said:

We have a four-prong approach when it comes to evaluating all of our head coaches: integrity, academics, performance, and fan affinity advancement. Herb has been a true leader in the first two categories and his dedication to ensuring our student-athletes become successful young men has been unrivaled.

However, our athletics department, university and community expect our men’s basketball program to compete consistently for Pac-12 titles, make regular trips to the NCAA Tournament, keep the best in-state talent, and energize our fans and donors. Unfortunately, we have fallen short of these expectations.

In December, Sendek’s contract was extended through June of 2017 and bonus money was added to the terms, along with a $100,000 bump in 2015.

Sendek is just one of two coaches Arizona State has employed since 1998. He was preceded by Rob Evans, who compiled a 119-120 mark in eight seasons on the Sun Devils’ bench.

Herb Sendek’s Coaching Tenure at Arizona State

Season G W L W-L% AP Pre AP High Notes
2006-07 Arizona State  30 8 22 .267 3.31 7.95
2007-08 Arizona State  34 21 13 .618 10.31 6.28 22
2008-09 Arizona State 35 25 10 .714 16.70 7.82 15 14 19
2009-10 Arizona State  33 22 11 .667 13.80 5.83
2010-11 Arizona State  31 12 19 .387 4.30 7.20
2011-12 Arizona State  31 10 21 .323 -1.01 4.31
2012-13 Arizona State  35 22 13 .629 8.86 4.60
2013-14 Arizona State 33 21 12 .636 13.32 7.41
2014-15 Arizona State  34 18 16 .529 9.61 6.75
Arizona State 296 159 137 .537 8.80 6.46
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CBB: View Original Table
Generated 3/24/2015.