Doc Sadler is coming back to Lincoln! Sadler was among four coaches announced by head coach Fred Hoiberg on Friday afternoon.
Hoiberg announced that Matt Abdelmassih and Armon Gates will join Sadler in the assistant coaching positions. Bobby Lutz will join the program as a special assistant to Hoiberg.
Abdelmassih, Sadler, and Lutz all have ties to Iowa State. All three coaches served as an assistant under Hoiberg at various parts of Hoiberg’s Iowa State career.
Abdelmassih is a master recruiter, and was responsible for landing some of the top transfer talent in the past four years at St. Johns. Under Hoiberg at Iowa State Abdelmassih was responsible for recruiting transfers such as Mustapha Heron (Auburn), Justin Simon (Arizona) and Marvin Clark Jr. (Michigan State). Abdelmassih was also responsible for recruiting Shamorie Ponds, a future NBA draft pick.
Sadler coaches at Iowa State after being fired by Nebraska in 2012. Sadler has been known as a great defensive coach. After coaching at Iowa State, Sadler went to Southern Miss and helped turn around the Golden Eagles. Many fans around Nebraska are happy to have Sadler back.
Gates will remain on the new staff of Hoiberg after being on the previous staff of Tim Miles. Gates worked with the guards of Nebraska this past year including Glynn Watson and James Palmer Jr. Gates will bring a familiarity to current players on the roster, and other for scouting purposes of Big Ten opponents.
Lutz will be a special adviser to Hoiberg. Lutz was the first hire of Hoiberg when he became a head coach at Iowa State. Lutz coached in the G League most recently. His most successful stint was at Charlotte, where he led the 49er’s to eight postseason apperances in his twelve seasons.