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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Friday, July 1, 2005

Sadler turned down by Montana

By Ferd Lewis
Advertiser Staff Writer

University of Hawai'i associate athletic director Tom Sadler said he will continue to evaluate future job openings but will not send out applications "by bulk mail" after being passed over for the athletic director job at the University of Montana yesterday.


The job went to Jim O'Day, UM director of development and a Montana graduate. O'Day, Sadler and Tom Collins, senior associate AD at Arizona State, were reportedly the three names sent to president George Dennison by a 15-member committee charged with reducing the field of five finalists.

Bill Johnston, co-chairman of the committee, declined comment on the names sent to the president but said, "he (Sadler) obviously interviewed well, has had a lot of success at Arizona State and Hawai'i and, I think, has a lot of skills that will be very marketable."

Sadler, 44, said: "They felt better about having a guy who was already there with contacts. That was their call and I respect that. Never having set foot in that community (before) and still ending up as a finalist, speaks maybe to Tom Sadler, but also a lot of what we're doing here at the University of Hawai'i."

Added Sadler: "My wife (Shellie) gets cold here, never mind there (Montana)."

Reach Ferd Lewis at flewis@honoluluadvertiser.com or 525-8044.