(PHOTO: University of Southern Mississippi)

HATTIESBURG, MISS. – Former UA-Fort Smith Head Coach Doc Sadler has brought another chapter in his storied career to a close. The Greenwood native announced his resignation to the media on Thursday morning.

” “I’d like to thank the administration, fans, and especially the players for sticking with us through difficult times but also in the fun times,” Sadler said. “As a coach, one of the things that I always try to do is prepare my players for life and hopefully I have lived by that example. With the support of my family, I’ve decided it’s time for me to take a step back from being a head coach. I feel very comfortable doing that as I know that I am leaving this program in a good position.  After 16 years as a college head coach, it’s time to evaluate what’s next for me. With a new athletic director in place and a talented young team I feel that the best days are ahead for Southern Miss basketball.”

Sadler arrived at Southern Miss in April of 2014 and guided the basketball program through an uncertain time as the Golden Eagles played through NCAA sanctions with limited scholarships. Sadler’s teams improved year over year and culminated with this season’s twenty win campaign. 

The 58-year-old is reportedly expected to meet with new University of Nebraska Head Coach Fred Hoiberg about an open assistant position on his staff. Sadler was the head coach in Lincoln from 2006 to 2012, after coming to the program from the University of Texas-El Paso. He was the head coach at UA-Fort Smith from 1998 to 2003.

To this point, Sadler has amassed a 205-201 in his coaching career.

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