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Dr. Wendell Sadler


19th Season


  • B.S. Tarleton State University, 1981
  • M.Ed. Tarleton State University, 1995
  • Ph.D Texas Women's University, 2001


Dr. Wendell Sadler in battle gear at Texas National Guard training.

Prior to joining the Tarleton family, Dr. Sadler was an assistant professor at the University of South Dakota, an instructor at Temple Junior College, and a lecturer at Texas A&M University in College Station. He also served as a teacher and coach in the Bryan, Texarkana, and Big Spring school districts.

Before he coached tennis at all competitive levels, Dr. Sadler played four years of college tennis for Campbellsville University from 1972 to 1976. Among his athletic honors, Dr. Sadler was inducted into the Texas Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame as a coach in 2000 and into the Campbellsville University Athletic Hall of Fame as an athlete in 1997. He was also the recipient of the O.A. Grant Teaching Award in 2009.

Dr. Sadler was born in Indiana, but has lived most of his life in Texas after initially relocating for graduate school at Baylor. He is active in the Texas State Guard and has earned the rank of major. He currently resides in Stephenville and enjoys Indy Car races and driving his own Corvette in his spare time.

Quick Facts

Dr. Wendell Sadler

Dr. Wendell Sadler

Classes Taught

  • KINE 200 Foundations
  • KINE 330 Motor Behavior
  • KINE 470 Organization and Administration
  • KINE 540 Motor Learning
  • KINE 585 Seminar

Quotes to Live By

An education is the greatest gift anybody can give to themselves.

- W. Sadler

Notable Accomplishments

  • 2014 recipient of the Barry B. Thompson Service Award (College of Education)
  • 2012 recipient of the TAMUS Student Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence
  • 2009 recipient of the O.A. Grant Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2008 recipient of the TAHPERD Trailblazer Award
  • 2006 recipient of the Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award (College of Education)
  • 2005 recipient of the Adjutant General's Individual Achievement Award (Texas National Guard)
  • 2004 President of TAHPERD
  • 2000 inductee into the Texas Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame
  • 1998 recipient of the TAHPERD Honor Award
  • 1997 inductee into the Campbellsville University Athletic Hall of Fame

Why is Kinesiology Important?

It is the foundation of our being, our existence. When I'm on my last day, my last few minutes, I won't be worrying about my checkbook balance, rather is my life checkbook balanced?