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Eric Haut (‘04) begins his sixth season on the Kent State bench in 2014-15 and his 11th overall in the coaching profession.
Haut was the first hire for Kent State head coach Rob Senderoff in April 2011 after he took over the Golden Flashes program. By welcoming back Haut, Kent State returned one of the cornerstones to the finest era in program history. Haut, who has now been associated with Kent State for nine years as a student-athlete and assistant coach, returned to his alma mater following a three-year stint at Texas Christian.
“I could not be more excited to welcome Coach Haut back to Kent State,” said Senderoff. “He has been an intricate part of our tradition since his playing days and time as an assistant coach and knows what it takes to win at Kent State and in the Mid-American Conference.”
In his first two seasons back on staff, Haut has aided the Golden Flashes in continuing the strong postseason tradition that he helped established as a student-athlete. The Golden Flashes began his first year back on the sideline with an 80-70 win at West Virginia in front of a national television audience on ESPN before capping off a 21-win campaign with an appearance in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The 2012-13 season saw Kent State
In his eight seasons with the program, Kent State has played in seven postseasons and won 193 games and three MAC Championships.
While at TCU, Haut was primarily responsible for the development of the team’s guards. In each of his first two seasons with the Horned Frogs, he helped guide a pair of All-Mountain West Conference selections in point guards Hank Thorns (2010-11 Third Team) and Ronnie Moss (2009-10 Second Team).
“Kent State has always been a special place for me and I am thrilled to be back with the opportunity to continue the championship success of the storied program,” said Haut. “This is where my heart and loyalty is, so I am both thankful and appreciative to Coach Senderoff and the Kent State administration for allowing me to return and be able to build upon the strong roots of the Kent State basketball family.”
During his first stint on the Kent State staff, Haut helped lead the program to a pair of NCAA appearances and a 74-20 overall record in just three seasons. The 2007-08 campaign saw Golden Flashes capture a 28-7 record en route to winning the Mid-American Conference regular season and tournament titles, which led to a No. 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament, which was the highest seed in program history. Just two years earlier, he held the Director of Operations title while Kent State compiled a 25-9 record and the MAC regular season and tournament titles. The ensuing NCAA appearance was the first for the Golden Flashes since Haut donned the Blue and Gold himself.
A four-year standout and Second Team All-MAC selection during his playing career, Haut was a member of the finest team in MAC history as Kent State won a league record 30 games and advanced to the Elite Eight during the 2001-02 season. The Lansing, Mich. native was one of the top three-point marksmen in school history and concluded his playing career ranked second behind only Trevor Huffman in the Kent State record books with 200 three-pointers.
Haut wrapped up his career with 983 total points for the Golden Flashes and connected on 40.5 percent from three and 83.9 percent from the foul line. In all, he appeared in 123 games and helped Kent State post a 98-34 overall record to go along with three consecutive MAC East Division titles and four MAC Tournament Championship game appearances.
“Having already been part of the Kent State family for seven years, the experience Coach Haut has with our program is invaluable,” said Senderoff. “As a coach he is a great teacher of the game and does all the work needed to recruit the best student-athletes that will enable the continued success of our team.”
Following his highly successful playing days, Haut launched his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Western Kentucky during the 2004-05 season under head coach and current ESPN analyst Darrin Horn.
A 2004 graduate of Kent State, he earned a bachelor’s degree in business and is a member of the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches). Haut and his wife, Tonya, were married in the summer of 2009.
Bobby Steinburg, who has long been known as one of the most highly networked and knowledgeable coaches in the game today, is now in his seventh season as a member of the Kent State coaching staff.
The Kent State assistant was recently recognized by Basketball Times, as one of the 'Best Future NCAA Division I Head Coaches' in December 2011, ranking No. 6 nationally.
Joining the program as an assistant coach prior to the 2008-09 season, Steinburg came to the Golden Flashes after spending the previous two seasons as the head coach at Motlow State (Tenn.) College.
During his tenure on the Golden Flashes staff, Steinburg’s vaunted recruiting efforts have landed the program student-athletes from across the country, including First Team NJCAA Division I All-American Chris Evans, who went on to earn First Team All-MAC accolades for the 2012-13 season. In all Steinburg has recruited 5 All-Americans and 6 Top-100 recruits to the Kent State program in four years.
His work at Kent State has paid huge dividends, earning the Golden Flashes postseason appearances every season he has been on staff. Last year alone he helped the 2010-11 squad went 25-12 while becoming the first Mid-American Conference team in 21 years and just the second in 48 years to win back-to-back regular season titles outright. Steinburg assisted with a team that featured just one senior and 10 newcomers to the line-up and led the inexperienced group at the beginning of the year to the quarterfinals of the NIT by upsetting both Saint Mary’s and Fairfield on the road of the annual postseason tournament. The book on the NIT run was finally put to a close with a tightly contested loss at Colorado, and while the 2010-11 season ended, the experience and confidence gained over the final six games only began to build the fire for what is expected to be another monumental campaign this winter.
“Coach Steinburg has the rare combination of attitude, energy and innate basketball instincts that make him successful, says Doug Gottlieb, CBS Sports College Basketball Analyst. “His passion for his players and his desire to see them succeed in life is what I have grown to admire most. In my opinion it is no fluke that success has followed and will continue to follow Coach Steinburg.”
In his two seasons at Motlow, Steinburg turned a program that won only seven games in the season prior to his appointment into a national contender. In his first season at the helm in 2006-07, the Bucks compiled a 10-6 TJCCAA league record and a share of the Eastern Division regular season championship. In year two, given time to bring a full recruiting class aboard, Steinburg led Motlow to a school record 28-5 mark and a No. 15 final national ranking.
From 1969-2006, Motlow men’s basketball had only sent three student-athletes to the NCAA Division I level. In Steinburg’s two-year tenure, nine athletes moved on to college basketball’s elite level, a testament to his eye for talent on the recruiting trail, as well as his leadership in holding his student-athletes accountable in the classroom. Included in that list are former KSU student-athletes Tyree Evans, the sixth rated recruit by Rivals.com and Frank Henry-Ala, who was ranked 71st on the list.
The 15-year coaching veteran is widely respected in coaching circles as a great teacher of fundamentals with a gift for evaluating and establishing relationships with prospective student-athletes.
“Bobby Steinburg is one of the top recruiters in the country regardless of level,” says national recruiting analyst, Jerry Mullen, “His various coaching stops and engaging personality have enabled Steinburg to forge invaluable recruiting contacts both national and world-wide.”
Prior to his arrival at Motlow, Steinburg served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of California-Davis. Given the task to assist head coach, Gary Stewart in the Aggie’s transition from NCAA Division II to I reclassification, Steinburg responded by helping sign arguably the best recruiting classes in the Big West Conference during his tenure. In addition to his recruiting efforts, Steinburg played an instrumental role in skill development, scouting, marketing and public relations of the Aggie basketball program.
From 2001-2003 Steinburg served as top assistant at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky. He assisted in all areas of the Knight’s program including recruiting, on floor instruction, scouting, and academic development.
Steinburg spent 2000-2001 coaching at the University of Idaho under one of the game’s great teachers, C. David Farrar. His appointment distinguished him among the youngest Division I full-time assistant coaches in the country at age 25. Prior to his stint at Idaho, Steinburg served two seasons as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Motlow. His back-to-back recruiting classes helped put Motlow in the national top-25 in the National Junior College Athletic Association for two straight seasons; a feat that has not been accomplished until the Bucks’ recent pre-season ranking of #12 by the Sporting News magazine. He began his coaching career as both a student and graduate-assistant coach under Farrar and former North Carolina Tar Heel, Randy Wiel at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Steinburg received his bachelor's and masters degrees at Middle Tennessee State. Originally from Oswego, N.Y., he grew up in Richmond, Va.
Having played more minutes than anyone in Kent State history, DeAndre Haynes ('06) has now enters his third season as part of head coach Rob Senderoff’s staff after returning to the sideline at his alma-mater as an assistant coach prior to the 2012-13 season.
"We are excited to have DeAndre back at Kent State," said Senderoff. “There is no one better qualified who can share the Kent State vision and tradition of success with our current student-athletes and potential recruits. I've known DeAndre and seen him grow and develop from a 17-year-old kid into the hard-working, driven professional he is today."
Kent State's all-time leader in assists (625) and steals (229), Haynes entered the coaching ranks after wrapping up a six-year professional career with FIBA Europe that included stops in Belgium, Hungary, Germany and Finland. Most recently while playing for Namika Lappeenranta in Finland during the 2011-12 season, he averaged 14.2 points, 4.8 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game.
"This is a tremendous opportunity and I want to thank Coach Senderoff and the entire Kent State Administration for the chance to carry the proud winning tradition of the program forward," said Haynes.
Haynes was the first player in Kent State history named the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year when he earned the honor in 2006. An Honorable Mention All-American that year as well, he lead the Golden Flashes to the MAC regular season and tournament titles and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
The 6-2 native of Detroit was a four-year starter at point guard, totaling 89 wins and four postseason appearances during his time at Kent State. He currently ranks 12th in school history with 1,259 career points, while his 114 career starts are second all-time.
Director of Basketball Operations
A fixture of the Kent State program for the past eight years, former Golden Flash Mike McKee ('10) begins his third season as Director of Basketball Operations in 2013-14.
A four-year letterwinner and member of three Mid-American Conference championship teams (2006, 2008, 2010) as a student-athlete, McKee has been associated with the Kent State program since the 2005-06 season.
“Mike has been a valuable part of our program for the past eight years and I am very gratified that he is here to help carry our winning tradition forward,” said head coach Rob Senderoff. “Having been both a student-athlete and now part of the staff, he is well familiar with what it takes to succeed at Kent State and I think he will continue to be a vital part of our program in the future.”
A celebrated three-point marksman, McKee joined the coaching ranks as a graduate assistant after completing his playing career in 2010. During his first season in the coaching profession the Golden Flashes became the first MAC team in 21 years and just the second in 48 years to win back-to-back outright regular season titles.
McKee assists with coordinating the filming and editing of games and practices. Additionally, his numerous other daily office and game day duties include being responsible for the supervision of an eight-person managerial staff and overseeing the distribution of the film exchange and all mailouts associated with the program.
“Kent State has been a special place to me over the past eight years and I am thrilled that I am able to continue being a part of such a great program," said McKee. "I am just hoping to help keep the winning tradition going as part of the coaching staff.”
McKee wrapped up his time on the court in style by leading the Golden Flashes to their second MAC Championship in three seasons in 2010. Kent State compiled a 24-10 overall record and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the National Invitational Tournament. Also a member of the 2008 Kent State team that went 28-7 and earned a No. 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament, McKee poured in 143 career three-pointers during his time with the blue and gold, ending his career tied for ninth all-time in school history. McKee also closed out his career ranked eighth at Kent State with 128 games played and ninth with 88 wins to his credit.
The Plum, Pa. product was a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society and was an Academic All-MAC honorable mention selection in 2009. McKee is a two-time graduate of Kent State University, earning his undergraduate degree in education in December of 2009 and his master’s in sports and recreation management in May of 2011.