Aug 15

Our guys have enjoyed time with their family and friends this week before they return to class. We are proud of the strong team finish in summer school. It’s been odd though not seeing them everyday in Weatherup.

Senior Bo Barnes has had no time off though as he is part of the Pac-12 MBB All Star trip in China.  We received a wonderful compliment this week from Associate  Commissioner Gloria Nevarez:  

It’s been such a pleasure having Bo on this trip.  The team has been bonding and Bo has been first class.  AND tonight he was on fire!!  We won by 25.  Thanks for sending him.  He’s been a fantastic diplomat and gentleman.

If you have not read this feature on our cowboy click here

Make sure you mark the morning of Saturday, October 11th on your calendar to stop by Weatherup for an open practice.  We will run a regular practice followed by the Maroon and Gold Scrimmage in late October/November. This will be a up close opportunity to see the seven newcomers along with the returning squad.  You’ve read about these young men, now come see us in action!

Continue to visit the men’s basketball page on www.thesundevils.com for new stories. We will have a conference schedule in a few weeks as well.

Herb
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SUN DEVIL HEAD COACHES AND SEASONS AS A SUN DEVIL
Sheila McInerney, Tennis/30th Year (hired August 16, 1984)
Greg Kraft, Track & Field/18th Year (hired on July 28, 1996)
Charli Turner Thorne, Women’s Basketball/17th Year (hired July 1, 1996)
Mark Bradshaw, Diving/16th Year (hired on July 30, 1997)
Melissa Luellen, Women’s Golf/12th Year (hired on July 16, 2002)
Louie Quintana, Men’s Cross Country/10th Year (hired on Aug. 18, 2004)
Todd Clapper, Water Polo/9th Year (hired on August 3, 2005)
Herb Sendek, Men’s Basketball/8th Year (hired on April 3, 2006)
Kevin Boyd, Women’s Soccer/7th Year (hired on March 30, 2007)
Jason Watson, Volleyball/6th Year (hired on January 29, 2008)
Dorsey Tierney-Walker, Swimming/5th year (hired on May 19, 2009)
Ryan Cole, Women’s Cross Country/3rd Year (hired on July 1, 2011)
Tim Mickelson, Men’s Golf/3rd Year (hired on July 10, 2011)
Todd Graham, Football/2nd Year (hired on Dec. 14, 2011)
Craig Nicholson, Softball/1st Year (hired on June 30, 2013)
Zeke Jones, Wrestling (hired on April 9, 2014)
René Lyst, Gymnastics (hired on May 5, 2014)
Tracy Smith, Baseball (hired on June 24, 2014)

Aug 13

A downpour Tuesday and Wednesday morning forced the Sun Devils to move their first practice up north from the lower field at Camp Tontozona to Rumsey Park in Payson, Ariz.

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However, neither the weather nor the change in location deterred the Sun Devil faithful from coming out to watch practice as a mixture of fans, alums, current students and kids from across the state helped the team begin the first day of their annual trip to Rim Country.

The team was able to get in a full practice as the weather held off and was rewarded at the end as head coach Todd Graham gave the team McDonald’s for the bus ride back up to Camp T.

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As part of Sparky’s Tour, which is to help motivate young children to continue their education, football’s Marcus Ball and former volleyball student-athlete Stephanie Preach, among others, visited a local Payson school to spend the afternoon with kids.

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Lunch and team building activities, which were broken into position groups, followed practice. The offensive and defensive lines, wide receivers and long snappers were the first to make the trek up legendary Mt. Kush.

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Aug 08

We wrapped up our final week of skill Tuesday.  You can see there is not a dry shirt in the bunch!  The team worked hard right up to the last second of the last skill.  We are extremely happy with the effort and improvement we saw this summer;  in the classroom, on the court and in the community.  Academically, the team performed well.  It is fantastic for our incoming group to have the opportunity to be in summer school and learn their way around campus.  And this summer was our most sustained effort in the community.  In addition to Andre House, we visited Phoenix Children’s Hospital every Tuesday and I’ll tell you, it was the highlight of our week.  Three to four guys went each week and walked away each time appreciative of all they’ve been given, especially their health.  A number of our student-athletes coached this summer too, which was especially rewarding for them.  Savon’s team even won their league championship!  As we wrap up summer school, the team will have a well-deserved small break before the start of the semester.
 

I hope you’ve had a magnificent summer.  I know many of your children and grandchildren have started to trickle back to school, my own included.  I look forward to seeing you at the many upcoming Sun Devil events.  We will have several opportunities this fall to see the team before we tip on November 14th.  Keep following me @HerbSendek on twitter and visit the men’s basketball page often at www.thesundevils.com for feature stories on both our returning and incoming student-athletes.  I think you’ll especially enjoy the stories on our future orthopedic surgeon Sai Tummala and returning Senior graduate student Bo Barnes!
 
Go Devils!
 
Herb

ASU head baseball coach Tracy Smith continued his indoctrination into the Phoenix Valley on Aug. 7 at Chase Field as the Arizona Diamondbacks hosted him for an evening. 

Coach Smith hopped on the lightrail and after a 20-minute trip downtown, arrived at 3rd and Jefferson. 

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The night began by watching batting practice on the field, where he chatted with former Sun Devil and current D-backs catcher Tuffy Gosewisch (2002-05), and former Sun Devil and current Kansas City Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu (1982-85), as well as former ASU signee and current Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer.

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Photo credit: Jennifer Stewart/Arizona Diamondbacks

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Coach Smith also met with former Sun Devil and current D-backs baseball operations assistant Cory Hahn, and D-backs Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa.

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The next stop on coach Smith’s tour was the clubhouse and a pregame meeting with D-backs manager Kirk Gibson, as well as bench coach Alan Trammell, bullpen coach Mel Stottkemyre, third base coach Glenn Sherlock and pitching coach Mike Harkey. 

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D-backs President and CEO Derrick Hall then presented coach Smith a Sedona Red No. 13 Diamondbacks jersey…

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Photo credit: Jennifer Stewart/Arizona Diamondbacks

…and then it was time for the big moment. Coach Smith did a few arm exercises to loosen up, looked out toward the mound, and made his way to the rubber.

Gosewisch settled in behind the dish and lifted his glove. 

The first pitch was just seconds away. 

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Photo credit: Jennifer Stewart/Arizona Diamondbacks

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Photo credit: Jennifer Stewart/Arizona Diamondbacks

With his family and the ASU community behind, coach Smith tossed a perfect strike right down the middle. Some say it was the greatest ceremonial first pitch in Chase Field history. The legend continues. 

Aug 06

Under Coach Graham, ASU has had three letters disappear.

O. E. S.

What?

ASU used to have road woes. It now is getting road Ws at a good pace.

The @FootballASU schedule shows road games in two of the first three weeks (at New Mexico and at Colorado), a first for the program since 1995. It will play three of its first five games on the road and four of its first seven away from Tempe.

No sweat.

ASU is 6-4 under Coach Graham in true road games (games played at opponents home stadiums, so no bowls or the Notre Dame game in Texas), including 6-3 in the Pac-12. The Sun Devils were 5-13 on the road previous four seasons in Pac-12 play. It has won roadies in Tucson, Los Angeles, Berkeley, Boulder, Salt Lake City and Pullman.

The biggest road win probably was last year’s 38-33 Nov. 23 win at UCLA, when the Sun Devils clinched the Pac-12 South. As the season completed, UCLA ended the season ranked No. 16 in the polls. Check out the list below to see why it was impressive.

HIGHEST RANKED ROAD WINS AT TEAMS IN FINAL AP TOP-25
SOUTH CAROLINA: Won at #5 Mizzou 27-24, Oct. 26
FLORIDA STATE: Won at #8  Clemson 51-14, Oct. 19
SOUTH CAROLINA: Won at #10 UCF 28-25, Sep. 28.
UCF: Won at #15 Louisville 38-35, Oct. 18.
ASU: Won at #16 UCLA 38-33, Nov. 23

We broke down the road and Pac-12 road records for each Sun Devil coach post Frank Kush.

COACH GRAHAM ROAD TOTALS (6-4/6-3)
2013: 3-1 (3-1)
2012: 3-3 (3-2)

DENNIS ERICKSON ROAD TOTALS (8-17/8-14)
2011: 1-4 (1-3)
2010: 2-4 (2-3)
2009: 1-4 (1-3)
2008: 1-4 (1-4)
2007: 3-1 (3-1)

DIRK KOETTER ROAD TOTALS (11-20/7-18)
2006: 3-3 (2-3)
2005: 2-2 (2-2)
2004: 2-3 (1-3)
2003: 1-5 (0-4)
2002: 3-3 (2-2)
2001: 0-4 (0-4)

BRUCE SNYDER ROAD TOTALS (21-23/ 18-18)
2000: 3-2 (2-2)
1999: 2-3 (2-2)
1998: 1-4 (1-3)
1997: 4-1 (3-1)
1996: 4-0 (4-0)
1995: 2-3 (2-2)
1994: 1-4 (0-4)
1993: 2-3 (2-2)
1992: 2-3 (2-2)
 
LARRY MARMIE ROAD TOTALS (7-9-1/ 6-7-1)
1991: 3-2 (2-2)
1990: 1-3 (1-2)
1989: 1-1-1 (1-1-1)
1988: 2-3 (2-2)
 
JOHN COOPER ROAD TOTALS (7-5/ 6-4)
1987: 2-2 (1-2)
1986: 3-1 (3-1)
1985: 2-2 (2-1)
 
DARRYL ROGERS ROAD TOTALS (9-9-1/ 8-8-1)
1984: 2-1 (2-1)
1983: 1-1-1 (1-1-1)
1982: 3-1 (2-1)
1981: 2-2 (2-2)
1980: 1-4 (1-3)

Aug 05

Sun Devil Nation and the Sun Devil Football program express their sympathy for the family of George Montgomery, who passed away on July 31. He was 43 years old and we want all to share in supporting his wife Heather and their two children, Kiele, 14, and Makonnen, 13.

Montgomery, a running back who wore No. 23 and played for the Devils from 1990-93, was a team captain his senior season in 1993. He was the Sun Devils’ leading rusher in 1991 with 475 yards on 113 carries and posted four 100 yard rushing games. He attended Sun Devil football games and made Sun Devil athletics a part of his family’s life. 

LINK: Former ASU football captain’s death devastates family

He was selected ASU’s Most Valuable Player of the Week by ABC Sports for his performance against USC on Sept. 21, 1991, when he ran for 136 yards on 22 carries, and both him and Mario Bates each ran for more than 100 yards in back-to-back games in 1993 against Stanford and then-No. 19 Washington, respectively. 

ASU Director of Athletics Charles Harris named Montgomery to the prestigious Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in 1991. 

“This is an excellent opportunity for George,” Harris said at the time of the announcement on Dec. 3, 1991. “He is one of only 16 student-athletes on the committee and this appointment carries a great deal of responsibility with it. I speak for the entire athletic department as well as the University in saying we are very proud to have George on this committee.”

Anyone with information on the passing is asked to contact Detective John McDormett at 928-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 800-932-3232.

Aug 04

Head Coach Todd Graham (@CoachGrahamASU) and Head Coach of Sports Performance Shawn Griswold (@Devilsstrength) named the 2014 #IronDevils “Dirty Dozen” at the end of Monday’s practice.

The dozen included seven players on offense and five on defense, and the honor was   given to the student-athletes who worked the hardest throughout the team’s summer workouts and/or also improved their strength and conditioning significantly from last season. 

2014 #IronDevils “Dirty Dozen”

Jamil Douglas, Offensive Line, RS-Sr.

Salamo Fiso, Linebacker, RS-So.

DJ Foster, Running Back, Jr.,

Jarek Hilgers, Running Back, Soph.,

Deantre Lewis, Running Back, RS-Sr.

Antonio Longino, Linebacker, RS-Jr. 

Laiu Moeakiola, Linebacker, RS-Soph. 

Damarious Randall, Safety, RS-Sr. 

Tyler Sulka, Offensive Line, RS-Sr.

Vi Teofilo, Offensive Line, RS-Jr.

Marcus Washington, Linebacker, RS-Sr.

Christian Westerman, Offensive Line, RS-Jr. 

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(From left to right): Washington, Fiso, Longino, Moeakiola, Lewis, Randall (sitting), Foster (sitting), Hilgers, Sulka, Westerman, Douglas, Teofilo

Douglas, Foster, Lewis and Moeakiola all earned the honor for the second consecutive season.

The offensive line and the linebackers were the most represented position groups with four each, while three running backs and one safety also made the dozen.

Five local student-athletes from Arizona are a part of the prestigious group, including Hilgers (Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista HS), Foster (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro HS), Teofilo (Phoenix, Ariz./Moon Valley HS), Washington (Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista HS), and Westerman (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton HS).

Thanks to coach Griswold, assistant head coach Josh Storms (@coachstorms), senior assistant coach Chris Desrosiers and graduate assistant Kody Cook for all their hard work training our student-athletes during the summer and throughout the season.

Check out the three links below for more inside information on the team’s summer workouts:

The Devils’ top marks rival the best at the NFL Combine

College football workouts not for the meek (by John Marshall, AP College Football Writer)

ASU football: Inside the players’ workouts (Gina Maravilla, azfamily.com/3TV)

A look at the team’s final summer workout

Inside the team’s Hell Week

Aug 01

As we finished our seventh week of skill workouts with the team Tuesday, I took a moment to reflect on our progression.  We started our summer strength and conditioning program on May 19th with a core group of returning and transfer student-athletes, adding team members each week until we had the whole roster together at the beginning of July.  This group is incredibly athletic, energetic and hardworking, with their greatest asset:  they are coachable!  I have especially enjoyed these weeks because this group comes together every day with the desire to be better team mates and to create a team with a single focus:  Return and Advance.  Return to the NCAA Tournament and advance in the bracket.
 
Which leads me to my next reflection:  we have an outstanding staff.  College basketball is so competitive; it is essential to have a every person that works with the team be the very best, and we have that at ASU, especially with our veteran associate head strength coach, Rich Wenner.  Rich has been at ASU for 28 years and has worked with our program during my entire tenure.  He has an incredible impact on our team.  Rich works with our team roughly 50 weeks out of the year.  His efforts to develop each young man to the fullest potential is evident in the results we’ve all witnessed.  Think about James Harden when he arrived on campus!  Rich transformed James’ body, and James seeks Rich out every summer when he visits campus for a workout.   Rich is part of every practice, monitoring the team’s heart rate, he gives me feedback throughout practice on the team.  We are able to adjust workouts in practice and the next day based on his feedback.  That position is so important to our program is he is the best.
 
Check out some highlights of our strength and conditioning program:

Continue to follow me on twitter @HerbSendek and through the MBB page on www.thesundevils.com  for all the latest news on your Sun Devil Men’s Basketball Team!
 
Rich is still an athlete himself, taking time to compete each year at the national level.  This summer he won three gold medals at the IPF World Championships in his age group M2 50-59/weight class 83 Kg.

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I’m going to sneak off to Pittsburgh this week to visit my parents before the fall semester starts.  Continue to follow me on twitter @HerbSendek and through the MBB page on www.thesundevils.com  for all the latest news on your Sun Devil Men’s Basketball Team!
 
Herb

Jul 31

By Connor Smith, ASU Media Relations Intern 

Arizona State right-handed closer Ryan Burr and the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team wrapped up their summer campaign this past week with an 18-8-2 overall record. From June 20 to July 27, the team toured the United States, hosted a pair of international squads in North Carolina, traveled to the Netherlands and ended with a five-game series in at Capitan San Luis Stadium in Pinar del Rio, Cuba.

“There is no better way to spend a summer than representing your country and sharing the game I love with cultures across the world,” Burr said of his second stint with Team USA. “It provided me another great opportunity to grow, both as an athlete and a teammate, and I’m looking forward to bringing my experiences back to the clubhouse in Tempe.”  

The USA Baseball CNT had another successful summer, which included winning four of five games against Chinese Taipei and two of three vs. Japan. The team also came away with the Honkbal championship in Haarlem, the Netherlands, as they went 7-1 with a pair of wins over host Netherlands.

Burr faired extremely well, proving once again why he is recognized as one of the premier closers in college baseball. He made 12 appearances for the National Team, good for second on the team, and pitched 11 innings without giving up a single run and only allowing one hit. Burr finished tied for the team lead with three saves and led the team with nearly 15 strikeouts per nine innings. 

In two summers with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Burr has pitched 20 2/3 innings allowing only one total run. Opponents are hitting a miniscule .048 off of Burr as a member of the National Team. He has recorded nine saves, which is the most of any National Team pitcher in the last two years. Burr has struck out a remarkable 38 batters in his time in the Red, White and Blue, which puts him over 16 strikeouts per nine innings. 

Burr and the Sun Devil Baseball team begin fall practice in October under new head coach Tracy Smith and the 2015 season gets underway in February at Phoenix Muni.image

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All photos courtesy of USA Baseball.

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