"As I said from the start of the summer, I wanted to take my time with this hire to make sure we landed someone with the right credentials," Sadler said. "My top priorities were to find a high-character person that believes in the well being of the student-athlete, as well as a coach with extensive basketball knowledge. I think Tracy fits those criteria perfectly and is a great addition to our coaching staff.
"I remember first seeing Tracy as a high school player at Thornton High School more than 20 years ago, and he was an all-conference level player in college (at Wisconsin). He has taken his experiences as a player and has become one of the top basketball coaches in the country. Tracy has been a successful coach and recruiter in the Big Ten, the Big East and the SEC, and his background and recruiting ties will be very beneficial in our program."
"My wife and I are very excited about joining the Nebraska family," Webster said. "It is a great opportunity to work with Coach Sadler, whom I have known for a long time, and his staff and to be in a conference with a lot of great talent. I believe that Nebraska is a place where you can help people develop and be successful, so this is an exciting opportunity."
Webster joins the Huskers after one season at DePaul. While he joined the Big East Conference school as an assistant coach, Webster was named interim head coach on Jan. 12, 2010, and guided the Blue Demons through the remainder of conference play. While DePaul struggled to the finish, their first win under Webster came with a home victory over NCAA-bound Marquette.
The move to DePaul came after two years as an assistant under Billy Gillispie at Kentucky in 2007-08 and 2008-09. The Wildcats earned an NCAA bid in Webster's first season in Lexington and then reached the NIT quarterfinals in his second year. Those bids were the sixth and seventh postseason appearances by teams Webster has helped coach over the past 12 years, including four NCAA Tournament squads.
Webster also has a wealth of knowledge and recruiting experience in the Big Ten Conference. He spent three years (2004-05 to 2006-07) as an assistant to Bruce Weber at Illinois, taking the Fighting Illini to three NCAA bids. During his first season in Champaign, Webster coached on the team that reached the Final Four, where it finished as national runner-up.
A native of the Chicagoland area (Harvey, Ill.), Webster had his first coaching stint in the Big Ten Conference during the 2003-04 season. That year, he worked under Gene Keady with the Purdue Boilermakers, where he started strengthening his recruiting in areas like his hometown Chicago along with Milwaukee, Detroit, Indianapolis and other Big Ten recruiting hotbeds.
Purdue reached the NIT that season, the second straight year Webster's team saw postseason action. A year earlier, Webster helped Ball State to the NIT quarterfinals. It was his second year with the Redbirds after spending three years at Division III UW-Parkside.
As a player, Webster was an All-Big Ten Conference guard while at Wisconsin, where he played under Steve Yoder and Stu Jackson. Webster lettered three years and finished his career with 1,264 points and a school-record 501 assists. He earned all-league honors three times, including first-team accolades when he set the school single-season record with 179 assists in 1993. He also added a school-record mark for 3-point percentage, hitting 49.0 percent beyond the arc in 1992.
Webster, who fills the position vacated by Phil Mathews when he left to join the staff at UCLA, begins his duties with the Huskers in time to start practices for NU's upcoming summer trip to the Bahamas. The Huskers will travel for four games in Nassau, Bahamas, from Aug. 13-21. Webster will be joined in Lincoln by his wife, Shenetta.