Doc Sadler was named the 20th coach in the history of Southern Miss basketball on May 1st.
Sadler's resume reads like a who's who of college basketball as he has coached in the Big 12, Big 10, PAC 12, and Conference USA while working under some of the greatest basketball minds in the game including Bill Frieder, Billy Gillispie, Eddie Sutton, Bill Self and Fred Hoiberg. Doc Sadler is known nationally for his recruiting prowess and his development of talent as evidenced by19 current or former NBA players that have been tutored by him. A hallmark of a Sadler coached team is their aggressive hard noise defensive style of play.
Coach Doc Sadler comes to Southern Miss from Iowa State, where as an assistant coach he helped guide the Cyclones to one of their best seasons ever last year with a 28-8 record, an appearance in the Sweet 16, a Big 12 Conference Tournament Title, and a #3 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
As a head coach, Sadler is no stranger to success as he has guided his teams to nine postseason appearances. Sadler's impressive coaching career spans over 30 years including head coaching stops at three schools (Arkansas-Fort Smith [JC], UTEP, and Nebraska) compiling a 269-146 overall mark.
Sadler is also very familiar with Conference USA as he spent two years as the head coach at UTEP, where his teams produced an outstanding record of 48 wins to only 18 losses. In his first year in El Paso his team won 27 games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, the 27 wins ranked as the ninth-best win total ever by a first-year head coach in NCAA history. His 2005-2006 team went on to win 21 games and advanced to the NIT.
Sadler spent six years as the head coach at the University of Nebraska guiding them to three postseason appearances. His 2008 team won 20 games becoming the first team to win 20 games in a season in almost a decade at NU. During his tenure his teams defeated eight nationally ranked teams.
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 been part of nine Division I basketball staffs, including Arkansas (1982-85), Lamar (1985-86), Houston (1986), Chicago State (1987-88), Texas Tech (1991-94), Arizona State (1994-97) UTEP (2003-04), Kansas (2012) and Iowa State (2012-2014)
A native of Greenwood, Ark., Sadler is a 1982 graduate of Arkansas, working four years as a student manager for the Razorbacks under Coach Eddie 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.