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Former Jefferson City basketball standout Paul McMahon has been promoted to the top assistant coaching position on the Missouri Southern men's basketball staff.

Paul McMahon, who has been an assistant coach at Missouri Southern the past four seasons, moves up the ladder on head coach Jeff Boschee's staff following the announcement of his older brother, Sam McMahon, who left Lions to take an assistant coach position at Southeast Missouri State.

Sam McMahon had been the associate head coach for the Lions.

In addition to being an assistant coach at Missouri Southern, Paul McMahon has served as the program's JV basketball head coach the past three seasons.

Since joining Missouri Southern's coaching staff prior to the 2016-17 season, Paul McMahon has helped the Lions to an 86-38 record. Missouri Southern reached the NCAA Division II Tournament in 2017-18 and 2018-19, reaching the Central Region final in 2019.

The Lions were selected to appear in the NCAA Tournament again this past season, but the tournament was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Paul McMahon was a three-time all-district basketball player for the Jays and was named to the Class 5 all-state second team in 2011 by the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. He initially signed to play basketball at Truman State, but after suffering a preseason injury prior to his freshman season, he changed paths and played baseball for Truman State.

Paul McMahon then transferred to play baseball at the University of Central Missouri, where he graduated in 2016.

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