On June 1, 2018, Belmont University Director of Athletics Scott Corley announced the hire of Christian Sadler to the position of director of athletic video operations.
Sadler, who earned a bachelor's degree in video production with a minor in sports in media from Belmont in 2016 and completed a master's degree in sport administration in 2018, has been a cornerstone of Belmont's athletic video presence the last eight years.
"This is a proud day for our entire athletic department," Greg Sage, assistant athletic director said. "Christian has earned the universal respect of his peers; coaches, administrators, colleagues and educators alike. His rare blend of passion, talent, work ethic and sincere enthusiasm for Belmont student-athletes has elevated our athletic brand and inspired those around him."
A versatile rising star in live video production, Sadler has spearheaded the Bruins' ascension in new media, evidenced by a league-high nine awards as part of the Ohio Valley Conference OVC Digital Network Program of Excellence, instituted in 2015.
Each of the past four years, Sadler has represented Belmont at the Sports Video Group (SVG) College Summit in Atlanta, as Belmont University has been a national finalist for three SVG College Sports Media awards, including outstanding long-form production for season-long documentary series on volleyball and women's basketball. Sadler has helped Belmont's video department receive national recognition, earning two honorable mention SVG awards.
In recent years, Sadler has been honored for outstanding directing, receiving two Regional Emmy Selections from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences – Midsouth Region for Student Productions.
A native of Franklin, Tennessee, Sadler gained additional experience as a valued lead crew member for the Nashville Sounds and the Ohio Valley Conference championships.
In 2014, Sadler was chosen by the NCAA Women's Final Four Committee to produce documentary videos for the four participating institutions in Nashville: UConn, Notre Dame, Maryland and Stanford. That same year, the YWCA contracted Sadler to amplify their online video presence through instructional coaching videos.
In addition to his role with the athletic department, Sadler serves as an adjunct professor at Belmont, teaching "Introduction to Sports Production” in the Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business.