Southern Miss Director of Athletics Bill McGillis is proud to announce the hiring of Doc Sadler as the 20th head men’s basketball coach in school history.
Coach Sadler was formally introduced at a press conference today, May 1 at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus.
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.
"We've hired one of the great coaches in America and a perfect match for Southern Miss in Doc Sadler, " McGillis said. "He is universally respected by his peers and regarded as one of the great coaching minds and recruiters in the country. Importantly, he will be a magnificent fit in our community. Our students, faculty, alumni and fans will love his engaging and genuine personality."
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.
"My family and I are very excited to be joining the Southern Miss family. I look forward to being a part of the unbelievable tradition of the Golden Eagle basketball program and building on the great foundation already in place, "said Sadler. " I can't wait to meet both our players and fans. We're going to do some special things together."
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.