Southern Miss

Doc Sadler makes experienced addition to Southern Miss staff

Steve Shields
Steve Shields

Southern Miss coach Doc Sadler has made a new addition to his staff, the school announced on Tuesday.

Former Arkansas-Little Rock head coach Steve Shields joins Sadler in Hattiesburg after serving the two previous seasons on the staff at Missouri.

Shields worked 12 seasons as the head coach at UALR after working from 2000-03 as an assistant for the Trojans. He is Little Rock's all-time winningest coach with a record of 192-178.

Little Rock broke a 21-year NCAA Tournament drought under Shields' direction in 2011, winning the Sun Belt Conference tournament.

“We're excited to add someone with the experience that Steve has,” Sadler said in a press release. “I've known Steve for more than 25 years and he will bring a lot to our table.”

Shields won two-straight Sun Belt East Division titles to start his tenure at UALR from 2003-05 and accomplished the feet again in the West Division from 2007-09.

Shields replaces Chris Croft, who has taken a job as an assistant professor in USM’s school of sport management.

Another former staff member of Sadler’s, Kyle Roane, is now at Southeastern Louisiana.

Two leave: USM will be without two players who were part of the 2016-17 squad. Forward Bilal Abdur-Rahim and guard Robert Thomas, two players who received playing time off the bench, are no longer listed on the team’s roster.

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