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September 1, 2014

Sources: Sendek gets extension

Arizona State and its men's and women's basketball coaches Herb Sendek and Charli Turner Thorne have each agreed in principle on three year contract extensions according to two sources directly familiar with the development.

If approved by the Arizona Board of Regents, Sendek's new contract will run through the 2018-19 season and increase his annual compensation.

Turner-Thorne's contract would extend through the 2017-18 season.

When reached for comment, first-year ASU Vice President for Athletics Ray Anderson said he has been pleased with what he's seen from Sendek and Turner-Thorne and is optimistic about the future of both programs under their leadership.

Anderson would not discuss any potential pending extensions specifically because nothing has been submitted to ABOR for approval.

Sendek currently makes $1.2 million per year on a contract that runs through June 30 of 2016.

Turner-Thorne makes a base salary of $348,000 with additional compensation of $36,000 annually.

In eight seasons at ASU, Sendek is 140-119 overall and 64-80 in Pac-12 play. His teams have made the NCAA Tournament twice in those eight years, including in 2013-14, when ASU went 21-12 (10-8) and finished tied for third in the Pac-12.

Anderson repeatedly voiced public support for Sendek this off-season, even hinting that he anticipated Sendek would be the team's coach beyond the coming year.

ASU's 2013-14 NCAA Tournament inclusion, which saw it lose 87-85 in its opening game to Texas, proved to be enough of a success for Anderson to feel comfortable extending Sendek.

Sendek received a one-time retention bonus of $600,000 on July 1 of this year.

Turner-Thorne has a record of 325-207 overall and 171-135 in league play in 17 seasons at ASU, including a second-round NCAA Tournament appearance in 2013-14, when her team went 23-10 overall and 11-7 in the Pac-12.

It was a strong response to a down year (13-18 overall) in 2012-13 that followed a year away from the program for personal reasons.

Turner-Thorne's current contract runs through the 2014-15 season.


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