Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne announced Wednesday that NU has signed head men’s basketball coach Doc Sadler to a two-year contract extension. Sadler’s contract will now run through June 30, 2014.
“Doc Sadler has done an exceptional job of motivating and preparing his basketball team this past season,” Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne said. “We are very pleased that he has committed to staying at Nebraska for an extended period of time. We believe the future of Nebraska Basketball is bright under Doc’s leadership.”
Sadler was originally hired as the Huskers’ head coach in August of 2006, and agreed to a six-year contract at that time. The original contract paid Sadler an annual guaranteed salary of $700,000, while the terms of the contract extension will raise Sadler’s annual guaranteed salary to $800,000 for each of the six years of the contract.
Sadler’s contract is also incentive-based, giving him the opportunity to earn additional income for success in the basketball program, both on and off the court.
“First, I’d like to thank Coach Osborne, the administration and the fans for their commitment to the men’s basketball program,” Sadler said. “As I stated before, this is where my family and I want to live and this is where I want to build a championship program. Even though we’ve had some success the past two years, we are not at the level where we want to be, but I’m happy that people can see my commitment and the progress we are making within the program.”
The 47-year-old Sadler owns an 85-45 (.654) record in four years at the Division I level including a 37-27 record in two seasons at Nebraska. He is the first coach in Nebraska history to record at least 17 wins in each of his first two years on the sideline in Lincoln while his 37 victories equal the mark originally set 87 years ago for most wins by a second-year coach at Nebraska.
Sadler guided Nebraska to a 20-13 record in 2007-08, helping the Huskers earn a spot in the postseason NIT. The 20-win season is only the 12th in 112 years of Nebraska basketball. Nebraska led the Big 12 and ranked in the top 15 nationally in scoring defense. The Huskers allowed just 60.7 points per game this year, the lowest total by the Huskers since 1982 and the second-fewest since 1959. Nebraska’s field-goal percentage defense (.407) in 2007-08 was also the fourth-lowest in the school annals since 1961.
This season the Huskers have defeated three nationally ranked opponents, knocking off Oregon and Kansas State at home, along with a road victory at Texas A&M. The three wins over ranked teams are the most by Nebraska since 1999, and the win in College Station was NU’s first road win over a ranked team in nine seasons. Sadler also mentored senior center Aleks Maric, who became the first Husker since 1999 to earn first-team All-Big 12 honors.
Courtesy: NU Media Relations