There seems to be a trend on Southeast Missouri St.’s new coaching staff and that trend smells a lot like corn.
SEMO’s new head coach Tony Samuel unveiled his six-man coaching staff on Wednesday and four of them are, like him, alumni of the University of Nebraska. The “Cornhusker” members of the staff include:
•Tim McGuire, who will serve as the defensive coordinator. McGuire, who served as an assistant at Navy, Northern Illinois, Kansas St. and the University of Nebraska-Omaha, is a graduate of Nebraska. He was also a head coach at Morningside College in Iowa.
•Lorenzo Brinkley was a wide receiver at Nebraska and was on their two national championship teams in the 1990’s. He played under Samuel. Brinkley is a St. Louis native and went to three state championship games at Hazelwood Central High School. For the last three years he has served as the head football coach at Beaumont High School in St. Louis.
•Kenny Wilhite, who is a graduate of Nebraska, played five seasons in the Canadian football league and will coach the Cornerbacks.
•Chris Norris was a fullback on the two national championship teams in the 1990’s at Nebraska and will coach running backs and special teams.
The other two members of Samuel’s staff are offensive coordinator and assistant head coach Vincent White, who was the running backs coach at Delaware St. last season. He has served as an assistant at Utah, Arizona St. SMU, Maryland, Pacific, Tennessee-Martin and Stanford. As a senior at Stanford in 1982, White led the nation in receptions.
SEMO’s recruiting coordinator will be Eric Ravellette, who served under Samuel when he was the head coach at New Mexico St.