Doc Sadler enters his first season at KU as the Director of Basketball Operations.
Sadler comes to KU after serving six seasons as head coach at Nebraska where he posted a 101-89 record. His 101 wins are fourth all-time at NU. Sadler guided Nebraska to three postseason appearances, with the Huskers advancing to the NIT in 2008, 2009 and 2011. His 2009 team finished Big 12 play with an 8-8 league record, the Huskers' best conference mark in a decade, and his 2008 team posted a 20-13 record, giving NU its first 20-win season since 1999. Overall, at Nebraska Sadler owned eight wins against ranked squads in six years.
Under Sadler at Nebraska, more than 80 percent of seniors who finished their eligibility received their degrees at NU. Additionally, as a head coach, Sadler has mentored 19 players who went on to play in the NBA.
Prior to Nebraska, Sadler spent two seasons as the head coach at UTEP, where he compiled a 48-18 record with the Miners: 27-8 in 2005 and 21-10 in 2006. His 27 wins in 2005 rank ninth on the NCAA list for first-year head coaches.
Guiding teams to nine postseason appearances as a head coach, Sadler's first head stint was at Arkansas-Fort Smith from 1998-99 through 2002-03. He has a career coaching record of 269-146 in 13 seasons, including a Division I record of 149-107 in eight seasons.
A native of Greenwood, Ark., Sadler also served one season as a high school coach, guiding County Line High School to a 38-7 record.
As an assistant coach, Sadler worked at seven current Division I schools, including Arkansas (1982-85, under Eddie Sutton), Lamar (1985-86, under Pat Foster), Houston (1986), Chicago State (1987-88, under Tommy Suitts), Texas Tech (1991-94, under James Dickey), Arizona State (1994-97, under Bill Freider) and UTEP (2003-04, under Billy Gillispie).
Over 12 full seasons as a Division I assistant coach, nine of his teams reached the postseason.
A 1982 graduate of the University of Arkansas with a bachelor's degree in physical education, Sadler was a four-year student manager for the Razorbacks under Sutton. Sadler would later go on to receive his master's degree in education from Northeastern State in 1991.
Sadler and his wife, Tonya, who is also a native of Greenwood, Ark., have two sons, Landon and Matthew.