Kent State University men’s basketball coach Rob Senderoff has agreed to a five-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season, Kent State Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen announced on Monday.
“Rob Senderoff has done an excellent job the past four seasons building upon the rich history of Kent State men’s basketball,” Nielsen said. “I have continued confidence in Rob’s ability to lead the program to championships on the court while graduating our students.”
Senderoff led Kent State to a 23-12 mark and the sixth Mid-American Conference regular season championship in program history during the 2014-15 season, which ended in the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
“I am really excited to remain as the men’s basketball coach here at Kent State for the foreseeable future and want to thank President (Beverly) Warren and Joel Nielsen for their commitment to my family and me,” Senderoff said.
“Kent State is a wonderful university and there are great things on the horizon. The support from our students, our fans and our community is tremendous, and I am really looking forward to working with our players as we prepare for the upcoming season.”
One of only three head coaches to lead Kent State to at least three 20-win seasons, Senderoff has won 81 games over his first four seasons at the helm, which ranks seventh among NCAA Division I head coaches who were first-time head coaches for the 2011-12 season. He has guided the Golden Flashes to three postseason appearances and his three postseason victories are tied for the most in program history.
Under Senderoff’s leadership, the men’s basketball program has seen success in the classroom. In the spring of 2014, the team boasted a GPA of 3.03, which is the highest in recorded history. At the conclusion of the 2015 summer session, Kent State will have graduated all 14 students who have exhausted their basketball eligibility in the past four years.
The Flashes bring back five letterwinners led by the starting frontcourt of All-MAC First Team selection Jimmy Hall, Chris Ortiz and Khaliq Spicer. Additionally, point guard Kellon Thomas returns after using a medical redshirt this past season and guards Deon Edwin and Xavier Pollard and forward/center Marvin Jones will make their on-court debuts in a Golden Flashes uniform.