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Tony Samuel (born November 14, 1955) is the current head football coach for Southeast Missouri Statemarker. Samuel's previous head coaching position was with New Mexico State Universitymarker from 1997-2004. He had a 34-57 record which puts him third all-time for wins by an NMSU head coach.

Playing career

Samuel played four years at the University of Nebraska and was a member of Tom Osborne's first recruiting class. He was a two-year starter at defensive end, played in four bowl games and earned honorable mention All-Big Eight honors as a senior.

Early Coaching Career

From 1986 to 1996, Samuel coached the outside linebackers and rush ends at Nebraska, his alma mater, for legendary head coach Tom Osborne. He mentored six first team All-Americans and 12 future National Football League players, including first-round draft picks Broderick Thomas (1989), Mike Croel (1991), Trev Alberts (1994) and Grant Wistrom (1998). During Samuel's 11 seasons with the Cornhuskers, they were national champions in 1994 and 1995, captured seven Big Eight/Big 12 Conference championships, averaged 10 wins per year and played in 11 bowl games.

New Mexico State Record under Samuel

Year Overall Record
1997 2-9
1998 3-8
1999 6-5
2000 3-8
2001 5-7
2002 7-5
2003 3-9
2004 5-6


Personal

A native of Trinidadmarker, West Indiesmarker, Samuel moved to Jersey City, New Jerseymarker, at the age of 10. He earned his B.S. degree in education from Nebraska in 1981. He is married with five children.


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