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Kent State boys hoops coach gets new pact and a raise

By ALLEN MOFF Record-Couirer reporter Published: July 5, 2017 1:00 AM
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KENT-- Kent State men's basketball coach Rob Senderoff has received a contract extension through the 2021-22 season after leading the Golden Flashes to the 2017 Mid-American Conference Tournament title, their first since 2008.

Sources close to the program indicated that Senderoff's base salary, which was increased to $350,000 when he signed his last contract extension in 2015, will be bumped around $20,000 annually.

The new contract reportedly includes several other provisions designed to help the program continue a long string of success, which features 18 seasons with 19 or more wins in the last 19 years.

"Rob and his staff have continued the outstanding basketball tradition at Kent State," said KSU Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen. "This extension represents our commitment to the men's basketball program as they seek even higher levels of accomplishments in the upcoming years. Winning championships and graduating student-athletes, Rob has certainly delivered."

The Flashes closed the 2016-17 campaign by winning nine of their last 11 games. They wound up with 22 victories in their sixth season under Senderoff, who is now KSU's third winningest coach with a record of 122-81. Kent State also captured a share of the 2014-15 MAC regular season crown under Senderoff.

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"I'm grateful in the confidence that [KSU] President Beverly Warren and Joel Nielsen have put in my staff and me," said Senderoff. "The support for basketball at Kent State is tremendous for our student-athletes. Our entire program is excited to defend the MAC championship next season and build on our success for years to come."

The extension is in line with Kent State's strategic vision for the athletic department: "The Game Plan." Through this strategic vision, men's basketball is Kent State athletics' initial vehicle to national distinction.

Senderoff has also led the Flashes to success in the classroom, Over six seasons, he has graduated every student-athlete that has made it through their senior season. The program currently ranks among the MAC's top five in graduation success rate and academic progress rate.

Senderoff has served as a college basketball coach for 22 years, 13 of which have come at Kent State. He first served as an assistant coach for the Flashes from 2002-06, then returned as the associate head coach from 2008-11. He currently serves on the National Association of Basketball Coaches Congress as the MAC representative.

Senderoff's previous contract was scheduled to expire following the 2019-20 season.


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