Head coach Herb Sendek has announced the Arizona State men’s basketball program has promoted former director of operations Scott Pera to assistant coach.
Pera will fill the vacancy created by the departure of assistant Archie Miller, who is leaving to take a job on Thad Matta’s staff at Ohio State.
“This is an exciting time to be a part of Arizona State basketball,” said Pera, who coached incoming ASU McDonald’s All-American James Harden at Artesia (Calif.) High as well as current point guard Derek Glasser. “The transition from high school is always difficult, so the familiarity will be an advantage in working with James and as Derek progresses into his sophomore year. But I am looking forward to working with all of our terrific young players and learning from a great staff of experienced winners in coach Sendek, Mark Phelps and Dedrique Taylor.”
• The PGA Tour and the City of Scottsdale announced the course formerly known as the Desert Course has been renamed the Champions Course at the TPC of Scottsdale.
Bill Grove, the general manager and director of golf at the TPC, said the name change was meant to honor several of the pioneers behind the project such as former Scottsdale mayor Herb Drinkwater, former PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman and the late Bob Goldwater, “the Father of the Phoenix Open.’’
Grove said the renovated facility, which includes a new clubhouse, is scheduled to reopen Nov. 15.
• Sunday’s Arizona Rattlers game at Las Vegas will be broadcast on KTAR (620 AM) instead of KMVP (860 AM) at 3 p.m.