James Sadler:  Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Backfield Coach

Coach Sadler is new to the Steelhawks coaching staff. He began his coaching career with the Trenton Freedom indoor football team, members of the PIFL, in 2014 – 2016 where he was the WRs coach. In his second season he split time between the WRs and with the defensive backs. During the off-season he would coach in the National Bowl 2014 – 2016 (D2 College Football All-Star Game) down in Miami as the Defensive Coordinator/DB Coach.

Coach Sadler brings a lot of arena football experience to the Steelhawks staff. He last played in 2012 as a member of the San Jose Sabercats of the AFL as a defensive back. Before joining the Sabercats he played for the Philadelphia Soul (AFL) for the 2011 season as a defensive back when the team returned to the league after two years off. Before the AFL took a hiatus leading into the 2009 season, Sadler playedfor the Chicago Rush for two seasons as a 2 way player – playing both WR and DB for the 2006 Arena Bowl Champs.

Prior to making the jump to the AFL, he spent a season in the AF2 with the Tulsa Talons where he was runner up to Rob Keefe for Defensive Player of the Year. Before a career in Arena Football Sadler worked out for some NFL teams including the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts and also spent time in the Canadian Football League (CFL) with the Montreal Alouettes before being released in camp.

Coach Sadler finished his college career at South Western Oklahoma State after transferring from Delta College in Stockton, Ca. Sadler has a degree in child psychology/special education and hopes to one day finish his Masters Degree.