SPRINGFIELD – Missouri State football coach Dave Steckel
announced today the addition of Lanear Sampson
and Jerone Williams
to his coaching staff for the upcoming season.
Sampson, who has spent the last two seasons on the staff at Syracuse, will work with the MSU wide receivers, while Williams returns to Springfield to assist with the defensive tackles after a season at Central Michigan.
"We are really excited about adding Lanear and Jerone to our full-time coaching staff," said Steckel who is entering his fourth season as Missouri State's head coach. "Both men are quality individuals who expect excellence and will personify our BearUp mantra each and every day."
Originally from Mesquite, Texas, Sampson was a graduate assistant at Syracuse for two years before moving to the position of a quality control coach after the 2017 season. He was a four-year starter at wide receiver for Baylor from 2009-12, and was a member of the BU senior class that reached three consecutive bowl games for the first time in school history. A two-time Academic All-Big 12 selection, Sampson graduated from Baylor in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Speech Communication. He later earned his master's degree in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation from Syracuse University's School of Education in 2018.
Sampson finished his career fifth on Baylor's all-time receptions list (165) and 10th in career receiving yardage (1,905). He caught a pass in 43 straight games from 2010-12 and earned All-Big 12 honorable mention honors as a senior. Sampson had 52 receptions for 646 yards and six touchdowns in his final campaign to earn a spot in the 2013 Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Game. Following his college career, Sampson spent time in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers. In 2015, he signed with the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League.
Williams is a St. Louis native who was on Steckel's inaugural staff at Missouri State as a quality control assistant on the defensive side from January 2015 until July 2017. He also worked with the Bears' defensive linemen during his first tenure in Springfield. He then spent the 2017 season at Central Michigan University as a graduate assistant in Mount Pleasant, Mich., where he worked with the defensive tackles for the Chippewas.
Williams attended Oakville High School where he was a Suburban West all-conference pick his senior season. He then played two seasons at Ellsworth (Iowa) Community College where he was part of an 8-3 squad the ranked No. 14 in the NJCAA poll and played in the Graphic Edge Bowl. He then finished his career at Eastern Illinois where he played in 12 games as a senior for the Panthers and brought down 38 ball carriers his senior season. He earned his bachelor's degree in Kinesiology and Sports Studies from EIU in 2014 and is currently working on his master's degree in the CMU leadership program.
Both hires are contingent upon final approval by the Missouri State Board of Governors at its next scheduled meeting.