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Doc Sadler
Release: 05/31/2013

Doc Sadler, who has eight years of head coaching experience at the Division I level, spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant on the Iowa State coaching staff. Following the Cyclones' run to the Big 12 Tournament title and Sweet 16, Sadler was named head coach at Southern Miss.

In Sadler's first season in Ames, Iowa State posted one of the best seasons in school history. The Cyclones finished 28-8, advanced to the Sweet 16, won the Big 12 Tournament and Diamond Head Classic. Melvin Ejim was named Big 12 Player of the Year and DeAndre Kane was recognized as the league's newcomer of the year. Both earned All-America honors as well.

Additionally, Georges Niang was an All-Big 12 Third-Team pick for the Cyclones, who led all "power" conferences in scoring with 83.0 points per game. Iowa State racked up a school-record nine wins against teams ranked in the Associated Press top-25. The Cyclones also led the nation in assists per game (18.4) and were second in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.74).

A native of Greenwood, Ark., Sadler’s coaching career spans over 30 years. He’s had head coaching stops at three schools (Arkansas-Fort Smith [JC], UTEP, Nebraska), compiling a 269-146 overall mark, including a 149-107 Division I record in eight seasons.

Sadler is no stranger to Big 12 basketball, spending a year as Director of Operations at Kansas (2012-13), six seasons as head coach at Nebraska (2006-12) and three seasons as an assistant at Texas Tech (1991-94).

Sadler posted a 101-98 record as the head coach at Nebraska, guiding the Huskers to three NIT appearances (2008, 2009, 2011). His 2008 team won 20 games, the first 20-win season since 1999, and his 2009 squad posted an 8-8 record in the Big 12, NU’s best conference mark in a decade.

His Husker teams defeated eight teams ranked in the nation’s top-25.

Prior to his stint at Nebraska, Sadler had a phenomenal two-year run as the head coach at UTEP (2004-06), producing a record of 48-18. The Miners won 27 games and advanced to the 2005 NCAA Tournament in his rookie season, the ninth-best win total by a first-year head coach in NCAA history. UTEP won 21 games and advanced to the NIT in his last season (2006) in El Paso.

Leading teams to nine postseason appearances as a head coach, Sadler received his first head coaching job at Arkansas-Fort Smith (1999-2003). He led the former junior college power to three postseason appearances while posting a 120-39 mark.

Sadler has worked as an assistant coach at seven current Division I schools, including Arkansas (1982-85, under Eddie Sutton), Lamar (1985-86, under Pat Foster), Houston (1986, under Pat Foster), Chicago State (1987-88, under Tommy Suitts), Texas Tech (1991-94, under James Dickey), Arizona State (1994-97, under Bill Frieder) and UTEP (2003-04, under Billy Gillispie).

Sadler is a 1982 graduate of Arkansas, working four years as a student manager for the Razorbacks under Sutton. He received his master’s degree in education from Northeastern State in 1991.

Sadler and his wife, Tonya, have two sons, Landon and Matthew.

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