When the Missouri State football team takes the field this fall, there will be a new hand at the helm.
The University announced today that they had reached a separation agreement with head football coach Dave Steckel. The agreement will pay a maximum buyout of $340,000 to Steckle from a privately-funded account. The buyout would be in three installments: $140,000 initially, then $100,000 in January 2021 and 2022, dependent on Steckle’s coaching status.
“We want to thank Stec for his hard work and dedication to Missouri State,” Director of Athletics Kyle Moats said in a press statement. “He and I met after the holidays to discuss football-related matters, which ultimately led to this mutual agreement.”
The University had announced in November that they were keeping Steckel as head coach, despite a 1-10 season and only 13 wins since taking over the program after the 2014 season.
Moats said in the press statement the University will be conducting a “national search” to find a new head coach with offensive coordinator Justin Kramer acting as interim head coach until a permanent coach is hired.
“I want to thank Kyle Moats, our coaches and our players for the past five years,” Steckel said in the press statement. “I cannot thank our staff and our players enough for changing the inner workings of our culture. I will always be indebted to them, and I am grateful I had this opportunity.”