McMahon Named New MSU Director of Men's Basketball Operations
June 11, 2012
SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State University head basketball coach Paul Lusk announced Monday (June 11) that Jefferson City native Sam McMahon has been named as the program's director of basketball operations.
McMahon has been with the MSU program for two years as video coordinator. He replaces Trevyor Fisher who stepped down from the Bears' operations position on April 16 after seven years to accept a head coaching position at Republic (Mo.) High School.
A standout prep player at Jefferson City (Mo.) High, McMahon spent a year at Bridgton (Maine) Academy and then played four years at the University of Delaware (2004-08). He says landing a full-time position with the Bears is a great honor.
"I want to thank Coach Lusk and our administration for giving me this opportunity," said McMahon. "I look forward to getting started, providing behind-the-scenes support for our team, and continuing the excellent work that Trevyor did in this position."
Lusk noted that having McMahon in the team's top non-coaching role is a great fit for his program.
"I'm very excited to move Sam to the director of basketball operations position," said Lusk. "He understands what Missouri State and our basketball program are all about. He has paid his dues the last couple of years to be part of our team, and he has done an excellent job."
During his tenure 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 before he landed an assistant coaching spot at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo.
He spent two years at CMU, helping the team to a combined 52-15 record with a pair of NAIA National Tournament appearances, a Heart of America Conference regular-season title in 2009-10 and a national statistical title 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. McMahon posted a perfect 4.0 GPA at CMU in earning his Master of Education in May 2010.
The 27-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 over a dozen basketball camps and clinics since 2008, including Tennessee, MSU, Creighton, Delaware and others.
His duties will include video exchange with opponents for scouting purposes, academic monitoring of players, team travel, practice coordination, game equipment and budgeting.