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Arizona State extends the contracts of both of its basketball coaches

Jonathan Gilling, 6-7 Sr. forward, averaged 7.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and shot 43.4 percent from beyond the arc. A top-notch shooter.
Jonathan Gilling, 6-7 Sr. forward, averaged 7.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and shot 43.4 percent from beyond the arc. A top-notch shooter.
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Arizona State has agreed to contract extensions with both Herb Sendek and Charli Turner Thorne according to media reports on Sept. 1.

Sendek, 51, led the Sun Devils to a 21-12 record last season and berth into the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009. The 10th-seeded Sun Devils dropped a 87-85 decision to the seventh-seeded Texas Longhorns on a buzzer-beating layup. The 2009-10 Pac-12 Coach of the Year is 141-121 in eight seasons at the school. His current contract, which is worth $1.2 million annually, runs through 2016. The extension would keep Sendek in Tempe through the 2018-19 season.

Sendek lost his top three scorers from a season ago and will have seven newcomers – junior college transfers Savon Goodman, Willie Atwood and Gerry Blakes top the list. Jonathan Gilling, Eric Jacobsen, Shq McKissic and Bo Barnes are the top returnees.

Turner Thorne led the Sun Devils to a 23-10 record and into the second round of the NCAA tournament last season. The ninth-seeded Sun Devils defeated eighth-seeded Vanderbilt 69-61 before being eliminated by No. 1 Notre Dame 84-67 in the round of 32. Turner Thorne enters her 18th season at the school and has 325 career victories, which is the most in program history.

Turner Thorne’s current contract ends following the end of the up-coming season. The extension would keep her in Tempe in 2017-18.

Turner Thorne lost her top two scorers but returns several important players. Katie Hempen, Promise Amukamar, Sophie Brunner and Kelsey Moos headline the returnees.