Former Santa Clara coach Kerry Keating in contention for ASU assistant job

Arizona State has an opening on its basketball staff and is considering a coach who was a Division I program head last year in the West Coast Conference.

Former Santa Clara head coach Kerry Keating has emerged as a strong candidate to join Bobby Hurley's staff at Arizona State according to a source familiar with the development. 

Keating, 44, had a 139-159 record at Santa Clara in nine seasons through 2015-16. He has spoken with Hurley about the position according to the source. 

The Sun Devils are also still seriously considering adidas representative Anthony Coleman for the position, which opened when Hurley fired assistant Brian Merritt earlier this month after just one season. 

Hurley and members of his staff are on the road this weekend during the second of two AAU evaluation windows in April. A decision on who will replace Merritt could come next week at the earliest. 

Ironically, Keating was replaced at Santa Clara this month by former ASU head coach Herb Sendek. 

Last season, Santa Clara went 11-20 including 7-11 in the West Coast Conference, the third losing season in a row for Keating. He did not reach a NCAA or NIT post-season tournament at the school but the Broncos won the CIT championship in 2010-11 and went 24-14 that season, and won the CBI in 2012-13, when they finished 26-12, Keating's best mark at the school. 

Prior to taking the Santa Clara job, his first as a head coach. Keating was a UCLA assistant coach for five years. He's also worked at Tennessee, Tulsa, Appalachian State, Seton Hall and Vanderbilt as an assistant. 

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