Missouri State University head basketball coach Paul Lusk announced 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.”
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.