Men's basketball staff set for 2013-14 with hiring of another Bay Area product.
All 10 players for LMU that entered the ball game played at least 11 minutes and all of them played a major role in the Lions 73-69 win over UC Riverside at the SRC Arena in Riverside, Calif., on Monday night.
Senque Carey is in his first season as an assistant coach for the LMU men's basketball program in 2013-14, joining the Lions in August of 2013.
"This is a great opportunity to work with great student-athletes, great coaches and to give back to young players," said Carey. "It feels good to be back into college coaching, and I am so excited to be at LMU."
After ending his playing career in 2002 at New Mexico, Carey became an undergraduate assistant for the Lobos in the 2003-04 season and he has been giving back to the sport ever since.
"I am really looking forward to helping the student-athletes reach their full potential on and off the court," said Carey. "I have known these coaches for a long time and it was definitely a factor in coming to LMU."
He was an assistant in 2004-05 at Portland State for Heath Schroyer and then coached five seasons (2005-10) for Steve Cleveland at Fresno State. Carey started his own business in 2010, The Basketball Experience, helping players of all levels get coaching in the Bay Area.
And through all the experience, he has been able to coach some of nation's top talent.
"Since he got into coaching, Senque has developed a very high reputation with the nation's top talent," said Good. "He has been tabbed by many publications for his recruiting and development of players. He will be a great fit for our program."
Carey played an instrumental role in securing and developing the skills of many professional basketball players, including Paul George into the No. 10 overall pick by the Indiana Pacers in the 2010 NBA Draft; a 2007 Second Round NBA pick in Dominic McGuire; and countless overseas professional basketball players. He has also recruited and guided the talent of many NBA prospects including Greg Smith, the 2009-2010 WAC Freshman of the Year. His strong recruiting skills have been nationally recognized as he delivered the 12th best mid-major 2009 early signing recruiting class in the nation.
At Fresno State, Carey served as the top recruiter on the staff with significant on-court coaching responsibilities during the season. Throughout his five seasons with the Bulldogs, Carey played an instrumental role in building the program All-WAC forward Sylvester Seay and the development of George. The Bulldogs returned to the postseason in his second year, which included a roster full of Carey-led recruits, including McGuire.
In addition,during his tenure, Carey helped craft the academic revitalization that produced the largest Academic Progress Rate (APR) improvement in the country, the program's first Academic All-District honoree and the graduation of ten men's basketball student-athletes from December 2007 to May 2009, which marks the most in a similar span in program history.
Carey played for both the University of Washington and New Mexico. He was an Pac-10 All-Freshman selection for the Huskies in 1999, playing all 28 games with 17 starts, averaging 8.7 points and 3.1 rebounds with 94 assists. He transferred in the 2000-01 season and in 2001-02, he started 20 games for the Lobos and was considered one of the team's best point guards. However, toward the beginning of the 2002-03 season, his career came to an abrupt halt when he suffered a spinal cord injury against Northwestern State that left him temporarily paralyzed for two weeks.
A native of East Palo Alto, Calif., Carey graduated from New Mexico in 2004. Carey has two daughters (ages 5 and 1).