First-year Nebraska head basketball coach Doc Sadler and the Husker coaching staff conducted their first Nebraska Basketball Coaches Clinic for area coaches at the Devaney Center on Saturday morning.
Sadler and 11 members of the Husker
basketball team were on-hand for the instructional session. The event was about
more than X's and O's on the basketball court, Sadler said.
"It's not so
much philosophy of the game that's important with this clinic, it's more just
getting to know the coaches," Sadler said. "That's the most important reason
we're doing this is to build relationships. You can't survive without that. High
school coaches in this state are the most critical thing we've got
going for us. We have to let them know that this is a good place for their
kids to come play."
More than 150 coaches were in
attendance from across the state to listen and ask questions as Sadler focused
on defensive philosophy during the first hour and 15 minutes. The last half was
based on offensive strategies. Sadler spent part of his defensive instructions
noting how the Huskers will play strong defense this season despite having a
"I like the defensive schemes he was
talking about and we're going to try and do some of those things," said Larry
Pritchett, head coach of Grant
School. "It will be nice
to have someone in the state that you can call to talk to and have similar
philosophies. I was impressed and I hope things work well for
After the second session, the
coaches had more time to talk with Sadler, as he conducted a separate question
and answer period.
"He's real personable and I think
that he's doing a great job of reaching out to everybody in the state," said
Dave Kuhlen, head coach at Wauneta-Palisade High
School. "He's not afraid
to share his views and he's really making us feel like we're part of the
Nebraska will open
practice next Friday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. with "Big Red Tipoff" at the Devaney Center. The
first exhibition game is Nov. 6 against