Two Missouri State Football Coaches Departing Program this Spring



Missouri State University announced today that a pair of assistant football coaches will be leaving the program to pursue other career opportunities.


Wide receivers and special teams assistant coach Courtney Messingham (Northern Iowa, 1990) has accepted the position of tight ends coach at Iowa State University.  He began his second stint at Missouri State on April 1, 2008 after serving three years as an assistant at Southern Mississippi (2005-07). He previously served as a Bears’ assistant coach under Randy Ball from 1999-2002, including one season as receivers coach and three as offensive coordinator.


Likewise, defensive ends assistant Jamar Cain (New Mexico, 2002) came to Missouri State for the 2006 season and has been a vital part of Missouri State’s defensive development the last three years. He is a native of Sacramento, Calif., and will be returning to his home state to be an assistant at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Cal Poly has not yet announced Cain’s coaching assignments there.


“It is always tough to lose coaches, but both of them have been afforded some great opportunities,” said Missouri State head coach Terry Allen. “With Courtney having a chance to go to a Big 12 school and Jamar having a chance to return home to California, you can be nothing but happy for them. I want to thank them for their time spent here.”


Allen, who completed his third season at Missouri State this fall, returns 41 lettermen from his 2008 squad that finished 4-7 overall while matching the program’s most conference wins since 1993 and securing MSU’s most road victories since 2001.  The Bears begin spring practice on March 31, play their annual Maroon and White Spring Game on April 25, and open the 2009 campaign against Arkansas on Sept. 5 in Little Rock. 



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