Rob Senderoff

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Rob Senderoff
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamKent State
Record157–108 (.592)
Biographical details
Born (1973-07-25) July 25, 1973 (age 46)
Spring Valley, New York
Alma materUniversity of Albany
Miami University
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1995–1997Miami (OH) (GA)
1997–1999Fordham (assistant)
1999–2001Yale (assistant)
2001–2002Towson (assistant)
2002–2006Kent State (assistant)
2006–2008Indiana (assistant)
2008–2011Kent State (Associate HC)
2011–presentKent State
Head coaching record
Overall157–108 (.592)
Accomplishments and honors
MAC East Division championship (2015)
MAC regular season championship (2015)
MAC Tournament championship (2017)

Robert Andrew Senderoff (born July 25, 1973) is the head men's basketball coach at Kent State University.

In September 2010, The Hoop Scoop rated him as the fourth-best Mid-Major assistant basketball coach in the nation. In May 2015, Kent State extended his contract by five years.

Personal and early life[edit]

Senderoff is a native of Spring Valley, New York. He played basketball for his high school team.[1] He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from University at Albany in 1995, and was also a student assistant with the basketball program.[2]

He then moved on to Miami University, where he was a graduate assistant and earned a master's degree in sports studies in 1997.[2] He is married to Lauren (nee Edelstein), and has two daughters, Samantha Brooke and Rachel.[2][3] He is Jewish, and is a member of Temple Beth Shalom in Hudson, Ohio, and lives in Stow, Ohio.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Senderoff served as an assistant coach at Fordham University (1997–99), Yale University (1999–2001), and Towson University (2001–02), and as a graduate assistant at Miami University.[2]

Senderoff had two stints with the Kent State program before moving into the head job. First, he was an assistant to coach Jim Christian from 2002-06. Then, he was hired by former head coach Geno Ford to be his associate head coach.

Senderoff was then hired by Kelvin Sampson to be an assistant for two seasons at Indiana. Sampson and Senderoff resigned in October 2007 in the midst of a recruiting controversy.[4] The NCAA eventually handed Senderoff a 30-month show-cause penalty for his role in the scandal. Unlike the vast majority of coaches given such a penalty, he retained a coaching job during it.[5]

He was hired by Kent State as an assistant coach in April 2008.[4] In September 2010, The Hoop Scoop rated him as the fourth-best Mid-Major assistant basketball coach in the nation.[6]

He was hired as the 24th head coach in the 95-year history of Kent State basketball on April 7, 2011, to replace Geno Ford, under whom Senderoff had served as associate head coach for the previous three seasons.[6] His contract called for three years at $250,000 per year, with built-in bonuses for meeting incentives.[7] In May 2015, Kent State extended his contract by five years, with compensation of an estimated $350,000 per year.[8]

Senderoff led the Golden Flashes to their first MAC Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in eight years in 2017, but lost to UCLA in the first round. Following their NCAA Tournament appearance, Kent State would extend Senderoff's contract an additional two years.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Kent State (Mid-American Conference) (2011–present)
2011–12 Kent State 21–12 10–6 4th (East) CIT First Round
2012–13 Kent State 21–14 9–7 3rd (East) CIT Second Round
2013–14 Kent State 16–16 7–11 5th (East)
2014–15 Kent State 23–12 12–6 T–1st (East) CIT Quarterfinals
2015–16 Kent State 19–13 10–8 T–3rd (East)
2016–17 Kent State 22–14 10–8 4th (East) NCAA Round of 64
2017–18 Kent State 17–17 9–9 2nd (East)
2018–19 Kent State 22–11 11–7 3rd (East) CIT First Round
Kent State: 157–108 (.592) 78–62 (.557)
Total: 157–108 (.592)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ a b "MAC battle shoots for ‘chai lights’" |
  2. ^ a b c d "Rob Senderoff - 2009-10 Men's Basketball" - Kent State University Athletics
  3. ^ Indiana Hoosiers - Sampson Completes Coaching Staff
  4. ^ a b "Senderoff to join Kent State's staff next season"
  5. ^ O'neal, Dana (April 21, 2011). "Kent State shows faith in Rob Senderoff". ESPN. Retrieved March 22, 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Kent State Names Rob Senderoff Men's Basketball Coach"
  7. ^ "Kent State introduces Rob Senderoff as its new men's basketball coach" |
  8. ^ "Kent State extends basketball coach Rob Senderoff for five years" |

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