Springfield, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - University of Missouri associate head coach and defensive coordinator Dave Steckel was introduced as Missouri State's new football coach on Sunday.
He signed a five-year agreement with a base annual salary of $270,000. He replaces Terry Allen, whose contract was not renewed after nine seasons.
Steckel, the 57-year-old younger brother of former NFL head coach Les Steckel, has spent the last 14 seasons with Missouri and was the only defensive coach among the five finalists for the 2014 Frank Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach.
"His reputation within the industry is impeccable, and he has a proven track record of success," Missouri State athletic director Kyle Moats said. "He has coached and recruited in the toughest league in America. His defenses have been at the top of the Big 12, SEC and national rankings in many statistical categories. With him, a new attitude and culture begins today."
Missouri State finished 4-8 this past season.