Sadler Conducts First Coaches Clinic

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 smaller lineup.

"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 High 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 him."

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 program."

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 Nebraska-Kearney.

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