On Tuesday, Arizona State will take on Miami (Ohio) which has a special place in Coach Sendek's history. He coached at Miami from 1993-96, led them to a NCAA Tournament win in 1995 against Arizona.
Now in his 21st season as a head coach, Coach Sendek, like so many in college basketball, was saddened to hear of the passing of former assistant coach and Miami head coach Charlies Coles this summer. COACH TALKED ABOUT IT HERE and this Tuesday ASU has put Coach Coles on the ticket stub for the game and will honor him prior to the game.
Having great assistants has been a staple for Coach Sendek, and 10 of his former assistants have become Division I head coaches. That includes eight current head coaches, with the latest being Dedrique Taylor who led Cal State Fullerton to a 29-point win in its first game this season at Montana State on Saturday.
The eight former assistants is second in the nation only to Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino, who has 10. Below is a list of the top coaching trees in college basketball this year.
TOP COACHING TREES IN COLLEGE HOOPS (2013-14)
RICK PITINO, LOUISVILLE (10): Kareem Richardson, Missouri-Kansas City; Mick Cronin, Cincinnati; Billy Donovan, Florida; Steve Masiello, Manhattan; Marvin Menzies, New Mexico State; Richard Pitino, Minnesota; Herb Sendek, Arizona State; Tubby Smith, Texas Tech; Kevin Willard, Seton Hall; Reggie Theus, Cal State Northridge
COACH SENDEK, ARIZONA STATE (8): Jim Christian, Ohio; John Groce, Illinois; Larry Hunter, Western Carolina; Ron Hunter, Georgia State; Thad Matta, Ohio State; Archie Miller, Dayton; Sean Miller, Arizona; Dedrique Taylor, Cal State Fullerton
BILLY DONOVAN, FLORIDA (6): Anthony Grant, Alabama; Donnie Jones, UCF; Lewis Preston, Kennesaw State; Richard Pitino, Minnesota; Larry Shyatt, Wyoming; Shaka Smart, VCU
TRENT JOHNSON, TCU (5): David Carter, Nevada; Mark Fox, Georgia; Eric Reveno, Portland; Keith Richard, Louisiana-Monroe; Nick Robinson, Southern Utah
MIKE MONTGOMERY, CALIFORNIA (5): Trent Johnson, TCU; Stew Morill, Utah State; Eric Reveno, Portland; Russell Turner, UC-Irvine; Willis Wilson, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
TOM IZZO, MICHIGAN STATE (5): Tom Crean, Indiana; Brian Gregory, Georgia Tech; Stan Heath, South Florida; Mark Montgomery, Northern Illinois; Doug Wojcik, Charleston
JOHN CALIPARI, KENTUCKY (4): Tony Barbee, Auburn; Bruiser Flint, Drexel; Derek Kellogg, UMASS; Josh Pastner, Memphis
Herb Sendek has eight former assistants who are D-I coaches currently. Charlie Coles and Mark Phelps (former Drake head coach and now assistant at Missouri) also were former assistants who earned Division I head coaching gigs.
--Archie Miller, who was with him as player and assistant coach at NC state and at Arizona State (2006-07), earned the Dayton gig in spring of 2011.
--Former NC State sidekick John Groce also earned the Ohio University position in the spring of 2008 and moved onto Illinois in spring of 2012.
--Jim Christian, formerly at Kent State and TCU and now at Kent (Miami assistant from 1994-96).
--Larry Hunter at Western Carolina (NC State assistant from 2001-05).
--Ron Hunter of Georgia State and formerly head coach at IUPUI (Miami assistant from 1993-94).
--Ohio State's Thad Matta (Miami assistant in 1994-95).
--Arizona's Sean Miller (assistant at both Miami from 1993-95 and at NC State from 1996-2000).
--Cal State Fullerton hired Dedrique Taylor this past spring. He had been on the ASU staff since the day Herb Sendek was hired in the spring of 2006.
ASSISTANTS UNDER COACH SENDEK
1993-1994: Ron Hunter, Dave Manzer, Sean Miller
1994-1995: Charlie Coles, Thad Matta, Sean Miller
1995-1996: Brian Blaney, Jim Christian, Charlie Coles
1996-1997: John Groce, Larry Harris, Sean Miller
1997-1998: John Groce, Larry Harris, Sean Miller
1998-1999: John Groce, Larry Harris, Sean Miller
1999-2000: John Groce, Larry Harris, Sean Miller
2000-2001: Larry Harris, Sean Miller, Mark Phelps
2001-2002: Larry Harris, Larry Hunter, Mark Phelps
2002-2003: Larry Harris, Larry Hunter, Mark Phelps
2003-2004: Larry Harris, Larry Hunter, Mark Phelps
2004-2005: Larry Harris, Larry Hunter, Mark Phelps
2005-2006: Larry Harris, Mark Phelps, Archie Miller
2006-2007: Mark Phelps, Archie Miller, Dedrique Taylor
2007-2008: Mark Phelps, Dedrique Taylor, Scott Pera
2008-2009: Dedrique Taylor, Scott Pera, Lamont Smith
2009-2010: Dedrique Taylor, Scott Pera, Lamont Smith
2010-2011: Dedrique Taylor, Scott Pera, Lamont Smith
2011-2012: Dedrique Taylor, Scott Pera, Lamont Smith
2012-2013: Dedrique Taylor, Larry Greer, Eric Musselman