Doc Sadler leaves KU for Iowa St.

Updated: May 31, 2013, 5:45 PM ET
By Jason King | ESPN.com

Former Nebraska head coach Doc Sadler has been hired as an Iowa State assistant coach, the school said Friday.

Sadler will replace T.J. Otzelberger, who left coach Fred Hoiberg's Cyclones staff earlier this month for a position with Washington.

"When you look at the program, with Hilton Coliseum, the fans and what Hoiberg been able to do in three years, it's unbelievable," Sadler told The Associated Press.

Sadler, 52, spent the past season as director of basketball operations at Kansas. Prior to that he went 101-89 in six seasons at Nebraska but failed to lead the Cornhuskers to the NCAA tournament.

"Doc brings a wealth of experience to our staff and is respected in the profession. His Big 12 coaching experience and extensive recruiting background will help on the road and make him a very valuable member of our staff," Hoiberg said.

Sadler also was the coach at Texas-El Paso, where he posted a 48-18 record from 2004 to 2006.

"I'm excited for Doc. He did a great job here. All the players loved him, respected him and certainly he added a great additional set of eyes and mindset to our staff. He will definitely be missed," Kansas coach Bill Self said.

Also Friday, Kansas coach Bill Self hired Jerrance Howard to be an assistant coach, plucking one of the top recruiters from Larry Brown's coaching staff at SMU.

Self was looking for someone with deep connections on the recruiting front to replace Joe Dooley, who was instrumental in landing some of the Jayhawks' top talent over the past decade. Dooley left in April to become the head coach at Florida Gulf Coast.

"Jerrance has great energy, is unbelievably positive and in a short amount of time has established himself as one of the better recruiters," Self said. "I'm totally comfortable with him coming in here, having a smooth transition and having an immediate, positive impact on our program."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.