Arizona State men's basketball coach Herb Sendekhas decided to add professional experience to his staff.
A three-time conference Coach of the Year entering his 20th season as a college head coach, the 49-year old Coach Sendek has gone the NBA route to fill his staff, as he has named Eric Musselman and Larry Greer as assistant coaches, the first time since the spring of 2008 Coach Sendek has had to hire an assistant coach.
We are excited to welcome Eric Musselman and Larry Greer to the Sun Devil Family! fb.me/xcp19cFR-- Coach Sendek (@HerbSendek) September 4, 2012
"In talking to several people it was clear to me Larry and Eric were great additions to the Sun Devil family because of unique backgrounds and a passion for the game," says Herb Sendek, the 2009-10 Pac-10 Coach of the Year. "I love the fact Eric has coached at so many levels, including leagues where guys are trying to make the next step. Larry comes highly recommended by several people in the basketball world that I have a lot of faith in and are good friends with. Together with Coach Dedrique Taylor I am really looking forward to our future as we bring the experience of the NBA game to our program."
"Our goal as we approached this search, was to swing for the fences and enhance the experience, depth of knowledge and teaching skills of our men's basketball staff. All basketball players, like other athletes, dream of playing at the highest levels. The breadth and depth of the candidates who expressed interest in the open positions was very encouraging," notes Steve Patterson, Vice President for University Athletics, himself a NBA front-office veteran. "The addition of these two men to our staff accomplishes our goal while simultaneously helping our student-athletes become the best basketball players they possibly can be. Eric and Larry are both knowledgeable, energetic, hard workers and bring a great deal to the table in terms of helping players improve their individual and team play. They are a great fit with Coach Sendek and Coach Taylor. The number of games Eric and Larry have watched, opponents they have scouted and players they have worked with is staggering. All that knowledge will be a great addition to our program. Eric and his father both earned their coaching stripes recruiting, managing and coaching in the minor leagues before moving on to the NBA; while Larry started his career at successful college programs before making the same jump. Herb and I are both very excited they have decided to join Sun Devil Athletics."
Greer, who has spent the past five seasons working with Nate McMillan at the Portland Trail Blazers, was an assistant coach in 2011-12 and was the advance scout from 2007-2011. He also served as the advance scout for the Houston Rockets from 2005-07 under Jeff Van Gundy. He started his coaching career in the college ranks as an assistant at Brandeis for the 1992 ECAC champions and worked at Boston College from 1992-94 where he was part of the support staff for the team that reached the Elite Eight in 1994. He was an assistant at Boston University from 1994-2003 as the Terriers posted a record for single-season wins (25) and made the NCAA Tournament in 1996 and 2002 as well as the NIT in 2003. He also worked at Wright State from 2003-05 before taking the job with the Rockets. Greer graduated from Northeastern with a B.S. in June of 1989 and was team captain in 1988-89.
ASU expected to add Portland Trail Blazers assistant Larry Greer and former NBA coach Eric Musselman to Sendek's staff sometime next week.-- Doug Haller (@DougHaller) August 31, 2012
"I have known Larry Greer for over 20 years as a college basketball coach. I have had the good fortune to have him on our staff at Wright State University. When it comes to scouting the opposition there are few better," says Paul Biancardi, ESPN Basketball Director of Recruiting. "He covers all the details of the opponents and knows how to make a game plan that makes a difference. In practice and as a bench coach he knows the pulse of his own team and is ready to make in-game adjustments if needed. His knowledge about the game from college and NBA are in depth. His organization skills in the basketball office are strong and the players always know he is honest and can trust him as he will work diligently to make them improve. His loyalty, work ethic and experience will elevate the Arizona State basketball program immediately."
"The best recommendation I can give to anyone is would I would hire them in a second if I was given the chance? If I got a job tomorrow Larry would be a call I would make," says former NBA head coach and esteemed TV analyst Jeff Van Gundy. "He is an ideal fit and a wonderful addition to Herb's staff. He is professional and versatile and combines loyalty and hard work as good as one can expect. He embodies what you want in a staff member."
Musselman just recently finished earning league Coach of the Year honors with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League. His squad had eight NBA call-ups and won the regular season title with a 38-12 record, including wins in 21 of the final 23 games. He also coached the Venezuela National Team in 2011 and 2012 at the Pre-Olympics in Argentina while his 2011 team averaged a tournament-best 94.8 points per game. His NBA experience includes leading the Sacramento Kings to a 101.3 points per game scoring mark in 2006-07, eighth-best in the league as the Kings sold out every home game.
In 2002-03 he was second in NBA Coach of the Year voting as he led the Golden State Warriors to their two best seasons in ten years, including a 51-31 (.622) home record. The Warriors were the most improved team in the league with 17 more wins and the second-leading scoring team in the league at 102.4 points per game. He has served as an assistant coach under Mike Fratello (Memphis), Lon Kruger (Atlanta), Chuck Daley (Orlando) and Doc Rivers (Magic).
Much of his coaching knowledge was learned in the minor league level, as he has the second-best winning percentage in the 54-year history of the CBA (208-102) behind only George Karl. A five-time CBA All-Star Coach, his teams won six division titles and reached the postseason in each of his seven seasons. Twenty-four of his players eventually reached the NBA. He also coached in the USBL in 1995-96 where his teams went 54-3 (.947) and earned league Coach of the Year in 1996. The coaching started early for Eric as he took over the Rapid City (S.D.) Thrillers at age 23 in 1989-90, a year after serving as general manager and hiring then-college assistant Flip Saunders as head coach. In his five seasons (1989-1995), he guided the Thrillers to four division titles and two appearances in the CBA finals. In addition, his Rapid City teams posted the CBA's best record four times.
He was retained as general manager and head coach when the Thrillers franchise relocated from South Dakota to West Palm Beach, Fla. In two seasons there, he guided the Beachdogs to a 79-33 mark, reaching the conference finals in 1995-96 and the league finals in 1996-97. His 1996-97 Florida club ranks as the top defensive team in CBA history, surrendering just 90.8 points per game. A Minneapolis native, Musselman's international coaching experience is extensive and includes serving as an assistant for the USA team that won the gold medal at the 1997 Tournament of Americas in Uraguay.
He coached a CBA All-Star team that went undefeated in five games against the Chinese National Team in 1993 and was an assistant to Hubie Brown on a Nike/CBA All-Star team that won the Limoges Grand Trophy tournament in Limoges, France. A 1987 graduate of the University of San Diego, Musselman played under Jim Brovelli and Hank Egan and was a West Coast Conference (WCC) all-academic selection and twice played for NCAA Tournament teams.
Married to Danyelle Sargent Musselman, Eric and his wife have two sons: Michael (16) and Matthew (13), and a daughter Mariah (2). Eric's father is the late Bill Musselman, the only coach to lead teams in four professional basketball leagues (NBA, ABA, CBA, WBA).
THE FAMOUS COACHING TREE
Herb Sendek has had nine former assistants earn DI head coaching jobs, including eight currently as 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 and 12-year sidekick Mark Phelpsearned the Drake spot in the spring of 2008 after serving for 10 years on the staff at NC State and for two years at ASU. Former NC State sidekick John Groce also earned the Ohio University position in the spring of 2008 and is now the head coach at Illinois. The others are Jim Christian, formerly at Kent State and TCU and now at Ohio (Miami assistant from 1994-96), Larry Hunter at Western Carolina (NC State assistant from 2001-05), Ron Hunter of Georgia State (Miami assistant from 1993-94), Ohio State's Thad Matta (Miami assistant in 1994-95) and Arizona's Sean Miller (assistant at both Miami from 1993-95 and at NC State from 1996-2000). Charlie Coles retired after the 2011-12 season at Miami of Ohio and was a Miami assistant from 1994-96 under Coach Sendek.
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
Welcome Coaches Pritts, Musselman and Greer to the #asuathletics family!-- Melissa Luellen (@ASUGOLF) September 4, 2012
Note: All hires are pending until background checks are complete.