LOS ANGELES, CA–One is preparing for the Sweet 16, the other for his next opportunity.
It’s the often harsh life coaches lead.
Wednesday afternoon Arizona Wildcats’ head coach Sean Miller addressed Arizona State’s decision to fire Herb Sendek. The two have a long history dating back to when Sendek, an assistant at Providence, recruited the Beaver Falls, Pa. standout point guard.
“I don’t know if there’s more a gentleman, combination better coach than Herb Sendek,” Miller explained. “Our conference lost a really, really good person and a great coach.”
Sendek, 51, spent nine years in Tempe going 159-137 and leading the Sun Devils to two NCAA Tournament appearances.
Athletic Director Ray Anderson made the announcement on Tuesday.
“This has not been an easy decision for me,” Anderson said in a statement. “Herb has been a tremendous asset to this university and a pillar of our community, and his tenure over the past nine years has helped shift the direction of this program.”