Sadler taking over Nebraska basketball
Lincoln, NE (Sports Network) – The University of Nebraska has named Doc Sadler
its new men’s basketball coach.
Sadler had spent the past two seasons at Texas-El Paso and replaces Barry
Collier, who resigned last week after six seasons to take over as the athletic
director at Butler University.
“This is a great day for everyone who loves Nebraska basketball,” said Huskers
athletic director Steve Pederson on Tuesday. “In coach Sadler, we have a man
who will bring character, determination, toughness and a winning attitude to
the Husker basketball program.”
The 46-year-old Sadler compiled an impressive 48-18 record in his short tenure
at UTEP, leading the Miners to the NCAA Tournament in his first year and to
the NIT last season. His 2004-05 UTEP club finished 27-8 and won the Western
Athletic Conference Tournament title.
Sadler will take over a Nebraska program that hasn’t been to the NCAA
Tournament since 1998.
“Nebraska speaks for itself,” said Sadler. “It is one of the finest
institutions in the nation and any time you have the opportunity to work at a
university that has had 233 Academic All-Americans and 22 national
championships, that tells you it is a well-rounded program. I definitely
understand and accept the responsibility that comes with it and hope to bring
passion and winning back to the state.”
Including five years (1999-2003) at Arkansas-Fort Smith in junior college,
Sadler owns a mark of 168-57 as a head coach. He has also been an assistant on
the Division I level at Arkansas, Lamar, Houston, Chicago State, Texas Tech,
Arizona State and UTEP.
Collier led Nebraska to a mark of 89-91 in six years, reaching the NIT twice.
The Cornhuskers were 19-14 last season.