After several days of silence, Missouri State officials released a statement Wednesday that they would be keeping Dave Steckel as head coach of the school’s football team.
The announcement comes after a 1-10 season that showed declining attendance and increasing criticism about the Bears football program. Steckel’s career won-loss record at the helm of the Bears program is 13-42, 7-33 in the Missouri Valley Conference.
“As is always part of our process after each season, I met with Stec late Tuesday to discuss the future of our program,” MSU Director of Athletics Kyle Moats said in a statement. “At that time, he presented his plan for next season and beyond, which I shared with President Clif Smart.”
“Even though there are a number of areas we agree need immediate improvement, we are in agreement that the prudent course of action is to push forward with our commitment to Stec and this team,” Moats continued. “Getting our football program turned in the right direction remains a priority for the university, and we expect our commitment to this staff to be rewarded with results on the field.”
Steckel has two years left on his contract which is valued at around $540,000.
Steckel replaced Terry Allen after the 2014 season. The football program has not won more than four games in a season with Steckel as head coach. He was given a contract extension in 2016 following a 4-7 season.
The team’s only win this season was a 37-31 triple overtime win on the road against Western Illinois.