November 14, 1955 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Western Michigan (DL)
New Mexico State
Southeast Missouri State
|Head coaching record|
|Tournaments||0–1 (NCAA D-I playoffs)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
1 OVC (2010)
Tony Samuel (born November 14, 1955) is an American football coach and former player. He served as head football coach at New Mexico State University (NMSU) from 1997 to 2004 and Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) from 2005 to 2013, compiling a career college football record of 65 wins and 117 losses. Samuel's had a 34–57 record at New Mexico State, which puts him third all-time for wins in program history.
Samuel played four years at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and was a member of Tom Osborne's first recruiting class. He was a two-year starter at defensive end, played in four bowl games and earned honorable mention All-Big Eight Conference honors as a senior.
Early coaching career
From 1986 to 1996, Samuel coached the outside linebackers and rush ends at Nebraska, his alma mater, for legendary head coach Tom Osborne. He mentored six first team All-Americans and 12 future National Football League players, including first-round draft picks Broderick Thomas (1989), Mike Croel (1991), Trev Alberts (1994) and Grant Wistrom (1998). During Samuel's 11 seasons with the Cornhuskers, they were national champions in 1994 and 1995, captured seven Big Eight/Big 12 Conference championships, averaged 10 wins per year and played in 11 bowl games.
Head Coaching Tenures
At New Mexico State from 1997–2004 he finished with a 34–57 record. Their 6–5 record in 1999 was the best since 1992 and a 7–5 record in 2002 remains their best record since 1970 and through the 2013 Season.
Head coaching record
|New Mexico State Aggies (Big West Conference) (1997–2000)|
|1997||New Mexico State||2–9||0–5||6th|
|1998||New Mexico State||3–8||1–4||6th|
|1999||New Mexico State||6–5||3–2||3rd|
|2000||New Mexico State||3–8||1–4||4th|
|New Mexico State Aggies (Sun Belt Conference) (2001–2004)|
|2001||New Mexico State||5–7||4–2||3rd|
|2002||New Mexico State||7–5||5–1||2nd|
|2003||New Mexico State||3–9||2–5||7th|
|2004||New Mexico State||5–6||4–3||T–3rd|
|New Mexico State:||34–57||15–11|
|Southeast Missouri State Redhawks (Ohio Valley Conference) (2006–2013)|
|2006||Southeast Missouri State||4–7||2–6||7th|
|2007||Southeast Missouri State||3–8||1–5||9th|
|2008||Southeast Missouri State||4–8||2–6||7th|
|2009||Southeast Missouri State||2–9||1–7||9th|
|2010||Southeast Missouri State||9–3||7–1||1st||L NCAA Division I Second Round||13||13|
|2011||Southeast Missouri State||3–8||2–6||T–7th|
|2012||Southeast Missouri State||3–8||2–6||7th|
|2013||Southeast Missouri State||3–9||2–6||8th|
|Southeast Missouri State:||31–60||19–43|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|#Rankings for Southeast Missouri State from final Sports Network poll..
°Rankings from final Coaches' Poll..
A native of Trinidad, West Indies, Samuel moved to Jersey City, New Jersey, at the age of 10. He earned his B.S. degree in education from Nebraska in 1981. He is married to Diane Ausdemore Samuel and they have four children and two grandchildren.