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Rob Senderoff
Head Coach

Rob Senderoff is in his second season as the head men’s basketball coach at Kent State.

The 39-year old took over the program in April 2011 after spending seven previous years on the Golden Flashes’ coaching staff.

In his first season as head coach the 16-year coaching veteran continued the  success of the storied program that he helped build by leading the Golden Flashes to a 21-12 record and a postseason appearance in the Tournament.

The inaugural year for Senderoff began with one of the most memorable debuts in the coaching profession.  Kent State recorded a monumental 70-60 win over West Virginia and Hall of Fame Head Coach Bob Huggins, snapping the Mountaineers’ 36-game non-conference home winning streak.  The victory also marked the first true road win over a BCS school for Kent State in 41 years.

The historic first win was just the beginning.  Senderoff has now helped guide the Golden Flashes into the postseason all eight years (2002-06; 2008-12) he has been associated with the program racking up 178 victories for an average of over 22 wins per year in the process.  He has been on the sideline for three of the five Mid-American Conference (MAC) regular season titles in school history.  In 2011, Kent State became the first MAC team in 21 years and just the second in 48 years to claimed a second consecutive outright regular season championship.  The Golden Flashes capped off the year by advancing to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) quarterfinals.

An excellent on the floor coach, Senderoff  assumed the de facto role of offensive coordinator during his three seasons as Associate Head Coach (2008-11) taking Kent State’s scoring to new heights under his watch.  In 2010-11 the Golden Flashes poured in 2,626 points which trailed only the 2001-02 Elite Eight team for the highest single-season total in school history.  In his first year back with the program in 2008-09 Senderoff helped orchestrate an offense that led the MAC in both scoring and field goal percentage.  It was the first time since joining the league in 1951-52 that the program has led the conference in scoring.

Long known for his ability to develop post players, Senderoff transformed the play of 2011 MAC Player of the Year Justin Greene.  Under his tutelage, Greene went from a 2.2 points per game scorer as a freshman to the nation’s most improved player in 2009-10 followed by an Honorable Mention All-American selection in 2010-11.  Greene capped off his career in 2012 and will go down as one of the top players to ever put on a Kent State Uniform ranking fourth in career scoring, second in rebounding and second in blocked shots. 

A proven national recruiter, his track record as a talented young assistant did not go unnoticed. Current Jeff Goodman recognized him as the top assistant coach in the MAC in 2010, the same year that The Hoop Scoop rated him as one of the top 50 Mid-Major Assistants in the country.  Coming in at No. 4 on the list, he was the only MAC assistant coach ranked in the top 25.

During Senderoff’s first stint on staff from 2002-06, the Golden Flashes went 89-40 (.690) and won three MAC East Division titles. After three straight NIT appearances, he helped KSU advance to the NCAA Tournament in 2005-06 as the team won both the MAC regular season and tournament titles with a 25-9 overall record. Senderoff spent the 2006-07 season at Indiana where he worked with All-Big Ten and preseason All-American D.J. White. While a member of the Hoosier’s staff, IU went 21-11 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He was also part of a staff that recruited The Hoop Scoop’s No. 1 recruiting class in the country in 2007.

With the Golden Flashes he had a critical role in the progression of 2004 First Team and MAC Defensive Player of the Year, John Edwards, who played in the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks and Indiana Pacers.  Additionally at Kent State, Senderoff also coached All-MAC performer Antonio Gates who went on to become an All-Pro tight end for the San Diego Chargers.

A native of Spring Valley, N.Y., Senderoff began his coaching career as a student assistant at the University at Albany under legendary coach Richard “Doc” Sauers before moving on to the MAC as a graduate assistant at Miami from 1995-97 where he was part of a staff that helped develop NBA players Wally Szczerbiak and Ira Newble. Returning to the East Coast, he spent time at Fordham (1997-99), Yale (1999-2001) and Towson (2001-02) prior to joining the Golden Flashes staff.

Senderoff earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Albany in 1995 and a master’s in sports studies from Miami in 1997. He is married to the former Lauren Edelstein, and the couple has two daughters, Samantha and Rachel.

Bobby Steinburg
Assistant Coach

Bobby Steinburg who has long been known as one of the most highly networked and knowledgeable recruiters in the game today is now in his fifth 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'; 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 (Tenn.) Community 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 this past year.  In all Steinburg has recruited four Junior College All-Americans to Kent State in four years.

His work on the recruiting trail has paid huge dividends earning Kent State 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, ESPN 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.  Included in that list are former KSU student-athletes Tyree Evans, the sixth rated recruit by 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. 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 bachelors and masters degrees at Middle Tennessee State. Originally from Oswego, N.Y., he grew up in Richmond, Va.

Eric Haut
Assistant Coach

Eric Haut (‘04) begins his fifth season on the Kent State bench in 2012-13 and his ninth 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 returns one of the cornerstones to the finest era in program history.  Haut who has now been associated with Kent State for eight 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 season back on staff in 2011-12, Haut helped continue the strong postseason tradition that he helped established.  The Golden Flashes began the year with an 80-70 win at West Virginia before capping off a 21-win campaign with an appearance in the Tournament.

In his eight seasons with the program, Kent State has played in seven post seasons and won 193 games and three MAC Championships. 

While at TCU, Haut was primarily responsible for the development of the TCU guards. In each of his first two seasons with the 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 number-nine 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 former WKU head coach and current University of South Carolina head coach 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.

DeAndre Haynes
Assistant Coach

Having played  more minutes than anyone in Kent State history, DeAndre Haynes ('06) has now joined his alma-mater on the sideline. Haynes begins his first season as an assistant coach in 2012-13.

"We are excited to have DeAndre back at Kent State," said Senderoff, who guided the Golden Flashes to their 13th post season appearance in 14 years in his first season as head coach last year. 

"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 know DeAndre and seen him grow and develop from a 17-year old kid into the hard-working driven professional he is today.  We are pleased to welcome him aboard and looking forward to having him start working with our team."

Kent State's all-time leader in assists (625) and steals (229), Haynes enters 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 Mid-American Conference 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 post season appearances during his time at Kent State.  He currently ranks 11th in school history with 1,259 career points, while his 114 career starts are second all-time.

Mike McKee
Director of Basketball Operations

A fixture of the Kent State program for the past seven-years, former Golden Flash Mike McKee ('10) begins his second season as Director of Basketball Operations in 2012-13.

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 seven years and I am very gratified that he is here to help carry our winning tradition forward,” said 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 this past season 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 as he assisted with coordinating the filming and editing of games and practices.  In addition to his numerous other everyday office and gameday duties, he was also responsible for the supervision of an eight-person managerial staff and oversaw 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 six 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 Invitation 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 Borough, Pa. product was a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society and is a two time graduate of Kent State earning his undergraduate degree in education in December of 2009 and his master’s in sports and recreation management in May of 2011.