MSSU introduces McMahon as men’s basketball head coach

Sam McMahon talks about returning to MSSU as head coach.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Missouri Southern introduced Sam McMahon as the school’s next men’s basketball head coach on Wednesday afternoon.

“It was surreal, to be honest with you,” McMahon says of the press conference, “It was such a blessing and I’m so thankful for Rob Mallory and Dr. Van Galen for giving me the opportunity to lead one of the best Division II programs in the country. I can’t wait to get started.”

“I just felt like I was talking to somebody that I had known for years, and it was the first time I had met Sam,” says MSSU Athletic Director Rob Mallory on the interview process with McMahon, “We talked about our philosophy and vision for the program. There was so much in common in what we wanted for Missouri Southern’s men’s basketball. That resonated with me. I came home and I thought to myself this guy might be a rock star.”

McMahon spent the past two season as an assistant coach at Southeast Missouri State.

Prior to that, he was at Missouri Southern from 2014-2020, serving as both an assistant coach and Associate Head Coach.

“Everybody talks about the facilities. The facilities good and the gym…but it’s about the people,” McMahon says of what drew him back to MSSU, “We have really great people here and I’m excited to get to work with them. I have a lot of friends in the area. My wife is from an hour away in Springfield. I feel like I went to school here. I always wanted to get back.”

“When you’re choosing between a lot of good candidates, you don’t want somebody that’s just looking for a job or a head coaching job in the MIAA, you want somebody that wants this job,” Mallory adds, “That obviously resonated with Sam and it’s something that’s shown through in every conversation that we’ve had.”