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Southeast Missouri State announced last week it hired Sam McMahon as an assistant coach for its men's basketball team.

McMahon, a former basketball standout at Jefferson City High School, will go to Cape Girardeau after spending the past six seasons at Missouri Southern in Joplin. He helped the Lions average better than 20 wins a season while coaching under Jeff Boschee.

"Sam has all the qualities you look for in an assistant coach," Brad Korn, who was hired as the Southeast Missouri men's basketball head coach in March, said in a press release. "He is loyal, hard-working and values relationships in addition to having a great basketball mind. All Sam has known or been around is a winning culture. He is a great teacher and communicator that pours his heart and soul in every aspect of his job."

McMahon was an associate head coach the past three seasons at Missouri Southern, and for the past four seasons he coached alongside his younger brother, Paul McMahon.

Prior to Missouri Southern, Sam McMahon spent four seasons on the coaching staff at Missouri State, which included one season under current Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin. Before that, he spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Central Methodist to start his coaching career.

In his 12 seasons as an assistant coach, McMahon has helped his teams win 20 or more games eight times.

Following his high school career at Jefferson City, McMahon played college basketball at Delaware from 2004-08.

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