FSN Arizona Airs 'In Their Own Words -- Herb Sendek' Tuesday At 7 p.m.

Nov. 20, 2006

A self-professed gym rat who was born into a basketball family, Herb Sendek has quickly become a proven winner and is known as one of his profession's hardest workers. After successfully resurrecting two college basketball programs, his mission is to now do the same at Arizona State University. What will it take to get that accomplished, why did he come to the desert and what prepared him for this point in his career?

FSN Arizona is set to detail the life and career of ASU basketball's first-year head coach when it debuts In My Own Words - Herb Sendek on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. This latest installment of the network's In My Own Words series has FSN Arizona's Kevin McCabe interviewing Sendek for this 30-minute documentary. Sendek discusses a variety of topics, including coaching at Kentucky and Providence with Rick Pitino, what the future holds for ASU basketball, taking his first head coaching job at the age of 30, the challenge of coaching in the Atlantic Coast Conference and how much he enjoyed growing up in a basketball family.

In My Own Words - Herb Sendek is part of a big night of Arizona State athletics television programming on Nov. 21. The evening also includes the network's Arizona State Sun Devils College Hoops Preview at 6:30 p.m. and then the ASU basketball team makes its 2006-07 television debut when it takes on San Jose State University at 7:30 p.m. (Trey Bender, Tom Kuyper, Jody Jackson).

Immediately following the game, Qwest Sun Devils Live has all the post-game news from Wells Fargo Arena and at 10 p.m., Qwest Sun Devil Rewind: UCLA at Arizona State takes its unique look back at the Sun Devil football team's game against UCLA.

Here are some of excerpts from In My Own Words - Herb Sendek:

On being at Arizona State: 'It's a little bit surreal because it happened so fast and you have so much of your life invested in one place and then a matter of hours later, you're someplace else, requiring a complete and total commitment and reinvestment. So, has it sunk in yet? Absolutely. But are there moments when you catch yourself being nostalgic, looking in the rear-view mirror? Absolutely.'

On his childhood: 'It was the world's greatest childhood. I can't imagine it being any better. My dad was a coach and a teacher and he always made time for me. He was never going to be with someone too important. He was never going to be too busy. He would always go out of his way and have me tagging along. My mom was a nurse, but when she had children, she became a stay at home mom. Every night we had a home-cooked meal on the table. My sister and I were brought up in a home full of love. We were cared for and we also had an extraordinary community of people who were good neighbors, good friends.'

Coaching at North Carolina State: 'At the end of the day, some people are going to accept you and others are not, but that doesn't necessarily define you in one way or another. We had a lot of wonderful support, terrific people helped us immeasurably. It was a great journey and when I say that, I mean the good and the bad because some of our greatest growth comes when we face those kinds of adversities, that we don't want to volunteer for, that we don't want to have to endure, but those 10 years were really good for me.'

Taking the NC State job at a young age (33): 'I went in simply as a wide-eyed, young 33-year-old coach with an opportunity to roll up his sleeves and coach in the ACC. I probably wasn't fully prepared for the monumental challenges that we faced.'

On Frank Kush who knew his father: 'I can remember when Arizona State football would come on television, my dad would always make sure that we sat and watched together or that he sat and recounted a story that had occurred in Windber (Pa.) when they were growing up. Coach Kush was a few years my father's senior, but was well aware of his legend even before I came to Arizona State.'

On 'recruiting his wife' in Kentucky: 'I needed all the help I could get. Coach Pitino recognized that. He was aware that I needed some intervention. He introduced me to my wife and then I had to pull off one of the greatest recruiting coups of all time. We eventually got married and now we have three daughters. I am very blessed with a great family.'

On being called reserved, quiet and passive: 'Just because someone uses a certain adjective to describe another person, doesn't necessarily align it with truth. It may be their perspective or their take given the exposure that they've had to that person, not someone else's exposure or experiences with that person. I am who I am and I'm very comfortable with that person. I'm working hard to improve on a number of levels everyday. Probably some of the descriptions made are more accurate than others, but that's the fun of it.'

FSN Arizona, which is celebrating its tenth year on the air, continues to televise the most regional sports action in the state and is the exclusive cable television home of the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Coyotes, Arizona Cardinals, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Arizona Rattlers and Phoenix Mercury. The network is currently seen in 2.3 million households in Arizona & New Mexico and can also be seen across the country via home satellite services.

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