The Santa Clara
January 11, 2018
Now in his second season, Men’s Basketball Head Coach Herb Sendek has given the program a glimmer of hope following many years of disappointing play. While the team’s overall record currently sits at 6-10, their conference record of 3-1 has fans standing behind Sendek’s implemented changes. The Santa Clara recently interviewed Sendek, who is in his 24th season as a head coach.
Addy Camisa: How would you characterize your career at Santa Clara compared to your years at other schools like Miami, North Carolina and Arizona?
Herb Sendek: I’ll speak to Santa Clara, not necessarily as a comparison to other schools, but specific to Santa Clara, I love the spirit here. It’s just a good place to be. You’re surrounded by amazing and wonderful people, there’s a real caring, family atmosphere. I love the spirit at Santa Clara.
AC: What were your main goals going into the season and have you achieved them so far? Have these goals evolved from the beginning of the season?
HS: We have four daily goals: to learn, to improve, to connect and to serve. Each of us in the program tries to accomplish all four of those goals each and every day.
AC: The Men’s Basketball team advanced to the West Coast Conference Tournament semifinals last season for the first time in six years. How do you plan to achieve that again this season?
HS: Well, right now we’re just focused, like we always are, on today. We’re trying to learn and improve. We’re trying to connect with each other, help each other and take it one step at a time on our journey, trying to get better.
AC: What aspects of coaching at Santa Clara are you looking forward to the most in the future?
HS: I love the relationships with the players, the coaches, the staff, the managers, the administration, the faculty, the alumni. That’s what makes the journey worthwhile, fun and fulfilling.
AC: Do you have any personal goals for the future?
HS: To be the best version of myself.
Contact Addy Camisa at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (408) 554-4852.