June 4, 2014

Men's basketball adds Sam McMahon to coaching staff

Joplin, Mo. -- Missouri Southern men's basketball coach Jeff Boschee has announced the addition of Sam McMahon to his coaching staff for the Lions. 

McMahon comes to the Lions after serving the past four years on the staff at Missouri State including the last three for former MSSU Assistant Coach Paul Lusk. His duties at Missouri Southern will include recruiting, scouting, practice and game-day coaching assignments and assisting with the day-to-day operations for the program. 

"I am excited to announce Sam as a part of our staff," Boschee said. "He has been around some great coaches at Missouri State, and was part of a very successful program at Central Methodist. He is exactly what I was looking for to fulfill my staff.  He has a great knowledge of the game, had a great relationship with the players at Missouri State, and everyone that I spoke to about him spoke very highly of him."  

He served two seasons as the director of basketball operations for the Bears and as the team's video coordinator for the two seasons prior. 

A standout prep player at Jefferson City (Mo.) High, McMahon spent a year at Bridgton (Maine) Academy and then played four years as a Division I standout at the University of Delaware (2004-08).

During his time at Delaware, McMahon earned four letters, was team captain his senior season (2007-08) and earned Colonial Athletic Association All-Academic second team honors twice. He earned a spot on the CAA Commissioner's Honor Roll and averaged 10.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists his junior season. He ranked second in the CAA in free-throw percentage (.840) his senior campaign and was third in three-point shooting (.444). He scored 20 or more points five times during his collegiate career, reeled off a streak of 16 straight double-figure scoring games, and earned his team's Most-Improved Award his junior season.

On his way to earning a degree in Sports Management (May 2008), McMahon was also on the Dean's List at Delaware and played in over 100 games. After his tenure with the Blue Hens, he spent three months interning at Wilmington University in New Castle, Del., where he worked on scouting, fundraising and video coordination.

He later landed an assistant coaching spot at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo., and spent two years at CMU, helping the team to a combined 52-15 record in that span. Central Methodist made a pair of NAIA National Tournament appearances, claimed a Heart of America Conference regular-season title in 2009-10 and led the nation in three-point accuracy (.423) in 2009-10. CMU was 24-8 in 2009-10, finished with a No. 13 national ranking, and gave up just 60.7 points per game.

"I want to thank Coach (Paul) Lusk and the rest of the Missouri State coaching staff and administration for helping me develop professionally during my time here," McMahon said. "I have learned so much from Coach Lusk and will always cherish our friendship. I'm so thankful for an opportunity to get back on the floor coaching. Coach Boschee is one of the best young coaches around, and I'm excited to learn from him."

Lusk said McMahon has been a vital part of Missouri State's success during his tenure.

"Sam has done an unbelievable job for our program," Lusk explained. "He has a very bright future in this profession. We will miss him, but this move allows him to be a full-time coach, and he will be a great addition for Coach Boschee and Missouri Southern."

McMahon posted a perfect 4.0 GPA at CMU in earning his Master of Education in May 2010.

The 29-year-old joined the MSU staff in 2010-11 for coach Cuonzo Martin and was part of the Bears' 26-9 season that culminated in a 15-3 MVC record and the school's first-ever Valley regular-season title for the Bears.

He has worked numerous basketball camps and clinics since 2008, including Tennessee, MSU, Creighton, Delaware and others. His duties included video exchange with opponents for scouting purposes, academic monitoring of players, directing team travel, practice coordination, game equipment and budgeting.

McMahon and the former Holly Wade were married on September 8, 2012.