Tony Samuel
Biographical details
Born (1955-11-14) November 14, 1955 (age 66)
Alma materUniversity of Nebraska–Lincoln (B.S.)
Playing career
Position(s)Defensive end
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1982–1983Western Michigan (DL)
1984–1985Stanford (DL)
1986–1996Nebraska (DE/OLB)
1997–2004New Mexico State
2005Purdue (DE)
2006–2013Southeast Missouri State
2014Georgia State (OLB)
2015Georgia State (DL)
2016–2019UNLV (DL)
Head coaching record
Tournaments0–1 (NCAA D-I playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
1 OVC (2010)
Eddie Robinson Award (2010)
OVC Coach of the Year (2010)

Marion Anthony Samuel (born November 14, 1955) is an American college 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 had a 34–57 record at New Mexico State, which puts him third all-time for wins in program history.

Playing career

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 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 or Big 12 Conference championships, averaged 10 wins per year and played in 11 bowl games.

Head coaching tenures

At New Mexico State from 1997 to 2004 as his contract was not renewed, Samuel compiled 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 2016 season.

Personal life

A native of Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago, 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.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Media# Coaches°
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
Total: 65–117
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth
  • #Rankings for Southeast Missouri State from final Sports Network poll..
  • °Rankings from final Coaches' Poll..