Senderoff extended through 2028-29 at Kent State

Kent State Director of Athletics Randale L. Richmond has announced a contract extension for head men’s basketball coach Rob Senderoff through the 2028-29 season.

This extension adds three seasons on to the extension that Coach Senderoff signed in 2021. In total, the agreement amounts to a six-year contract extension and is the longest extension during Richmond’s tenure. Senderoff is approaching his 15th year at Kent State including the last 12 seasons as head men’s basketball coach.

“Coach Senderoff has done a tremendous job with our men’s basketball program and it is exciting to be able to recognize and reward he and his staff,” Richmond said. “Coach Sendy’s teams have excelled on the court, in the classroom and in the Kent Community and I am excited for the even greater heights that this program will reach under his leadership.”

The 2021-22 MAC Coach of the Year is the winningest coach in program history with 247 wins and counting. Coach Senderoff has led the Golden Flashes to eight 20-plus win campaigns including 28 wins in 2022-23, the most since the 2001-02 season and the team’s second berth in the NCAA Tournament during his tenure. In nine of his 12 seasons at the helm, “Sendy” has led a player to first-team All-Conference accolades including Sincere Carry winning the 2021-22 Player of the Year and Malique Jacobs earning the 2022-23 Defensive Player of the Year.

“I am really appreciative of the continued support that I and our program have received from Randale (Richmond), President Diacon and our Golden Flash community,” Senderoff said. “I am excited about the future of the program and what we have built and are continuing to grow.”

The Golden Flashes have excelled in the classroom under Senderoff, posting the program’s highest term grade point average in program history last semester. He has also served as an ambassador for the McLendon Minority Leadership Initiative, allowing for Future McLendon Leaders to participate in one-year internships within a college athletic department. He was recognized by College Insider as a finalist for the Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award, given to the coach with the greatest success both on and off the court.

Coach Senderoff’s journey to Kent State included previous assistant coaching stops at Indiana, Towson, Yale and Fordham. A native of Spring Valley, New York, Senderoff currently lives in Stow with his wife, Lauren, and their two daughters.

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