NC State Head Basketball Coach Herb Sendek guided the Wolfpack to its best conference finish in 15 years, and for his efforts has been named The Associated Press Coach of the Year in the ACC.
The Wolfpack entered the 2003-2004 season with reasonable expectations, picked to finished fourth in the ACC by the media in the preseason. However, under the direction of Head Coach Herb Sendek the Wolfpack finished in sole possession of 2nd place in the ACC with an 11-5 record and 20-9 on the season. NC State completed the regular season a full two games ahead of Wake Forest and Georgia Tech respectively.
The 11 conference wins was the most for the Wolfpack in 15 years and concluded a regular season with NC State ranked No. 15 in the final Associated Press Poll, its highest final ranking in years. The 'Pack earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament where they will face UL-Lafayette this Friday in the opening round.
Coach Sendek received 67 of a possible 93 votes from members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association, and Georgia Tech's Paul Hewitt was second with 18 votes. Sendek is the fifth NC State coach to win the award, with the legendary Jim Valvano last winning the honor in 1989.
Editor's Note: The Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year Award will be announced tomorrow and Wolfpack guard Julius Hodge is considered the favorite to win the award. Hodge was named First-Team All-American today by The Sporting News, the only ACC to player to earn the honor.