Doc Sadler leaving Iowa State to become head coach at Southern Mississippi


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ISU coach Fred Hoiberg talks with West Virginia coach Bob Huggins and ISU assistant coaches Doc Sadler and Matt Abdelmassih before the game on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at Hilton Coliseum. The No. 15 Cyclones defeated the Mountaineers 83-66.

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After one season on Fred Hoiberg’s staff, Doc Sadler is headed to Southern Mississippi to be its next head coach.

ESPN’s Jeff Goodman first reported the hire Wednesday night, and Southern Mississippi athletic director Bill McGillis later confirmed via Twitter.

“Wheels up with one heck of a basketball coach and one funny dude on board,” McGillis tweeted. “Hattiesburg is going to love Doc Sadler.”

Sadler was hired to join Hoiberg’s staff last May as a replacement for assistant coach T.J. Otzelberger, who departed for Washington.

“Doc brings a wealth of experience to our staff and is respected in the profession,” Hoiberg said when Sadler was hired last year. “His Big 12 coaching experience and extensive recruiting background will help on the road and make him a very valuable member of our staff.”

Sadler came to Iowa State from Kansas, where he served as the Jayhawks’ Director of Basketball Operations. He has eight years of Division I head coaching experience.