The Leavey Center
The Santa Clara University men's basketball team plays its contests in one of the finest sports venues of its size on the West Coast, the Leavey Center. read more
With a resume that includes 18 postseason appearances and three conference coach of the year awards, along with demonstrated player and staff development, Herb Sendek is in his first season as Santa Claras head mens basketball coach.
Sendek, one of the three youngest coaches with 400 or more career victories, has had three successful head-coaching tenures at the Division I level. He has spent 22 seasons as a collegiate head coach with stops at Arizona State, North Carolina State and Miami (Ohio), compiling a 413-295 (.583) career record, including 39 victories against top 25 teams. He earned coach of the year in the Pac-10, Atlantic Coast Conference and Mid-American Conference.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sendek has recruited or coached a number of standout players, including NBA first-round draft choices James Harden (Arizona State), Julius Hodge (NC State) and Wally Szczerbiak (Miami). Sendek also has 12 former assistant coaches, administrative assistants or graduate assistants currently serving as Division I head coaches.
He most recently served nine seasons (2006-15) at Arizona State, posting five 20-win campaigns and making five postseason appearances, including two trips to the NCAAs for a program which had only three in the previous 25 years. In addition, the Sun Devils produced just three 20-win campaigns in the prior 25 seasons to his arrival.
Barret Peery is in his first season as associate head coach for Santa Clara mens basketball.
Peery most recently spent one season (2014-15) as an assistant coach at Arizona State under Herb Sendek.
Before joining Arizona State, Peery coached Indian Hills Community College where he went 34-3 in 2013-14, winning region and district titles. In his three seasons, his teams went 60-1 at home.
Peery guided more than 15 players to Division I scholarships in his three-year tenure at the Iowa school and his 93-11 mark was highlighted by high-scoring offense. His 2012-13 squad averaged a school-record 97.9 points per game and reached the century mark 14 times. His first team at Indian Hills turned in a 33-4 record and that 2011-12 squad went undefeated in conference play. The Warriors were in the top 10 in the nation in scoring average and winning margin en route to the schools tenth 30-win season. Five players from that team signed with NCAA Division I schools.
Julius Hodge is in his first year as an assistant coach for Santa Clara mens basketball.
Hodge comes to Santa Clara after spending last season at Buffalo as the director of player development.
The former ACC Player of the Year and First Round NBA Draft pick completed a 10-year playing career, which included stops with the Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks before playing overseas.
Hodges responsibilities at Buffalo included assisting with the evaluation of video, development of practice and game schedules, game planning and acting as the academic and community liaison.
Jason Ludwig is in his first year as assistant coach for Santa Clara mens basketball.
Ludwig came to Santa Clara after spending 2015-16 as the director of basketball operations at Mississippi State. Prior to that, he was in the same role for two years at Arizona State under current Santa Clara head coach Herb Sendek.
Ludwig spent 10 years at UCLA in various roles, including the director of scouting and player development positions he held from 2009-13.
A native of Montebello, California, he served two different stints with the Bruins, starting in 2005-06 as the assistant video coordinator before taking the video coordinator job at Santa Clara in 2008-09. The following year, he was named director of operations, a title he held for one season before returning to UCLA for 2010-11.