Samuel Hires Brian Mohnsen as Defensive Coordinator; Promotes McGuire to Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator
Feb. 1, 2011
By Jeff Honza
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Southeast Missouri head coach Tony Samuel announced that Brian Mohnsen will join the Redhawks staff as defensive coordinator. Samuel also promoted Tim McGuire to assistant head coach and offensive coordinator.
Mohnsen most recently coached the defensive line and defensive ends as part of Turner Gill's staff at the University of Buffalo from 2006-2009. He also coached the defensive line at Minnesota State-Mankato.
Prior to that, Mohnsen was the defensive coordinator at Northwest Oklahoma State in 2004, where his defense ranked second nationally in total defense and pass defense, third in rushing defense and fifth in scoring defense.
Mohnsen spent 12 years at Nebraska (1992-2003), serving as director of the Cornhuskers' video scouting department. His duties also included assisting with gameday management for both home and away games.
Southeast's defense led the Ohio Valley Conference in scoring defense, allowing just 21.5 points per game last season. The Redhawks also led the league in interceptions (20) and turnover margin (+13). Southeast had 29 takeaways last season, and as a result, tied for ninth in the nation in turnovers gained.
McGuire, who spent the last five seasons as Southeast's defensive coordinator, shifts to the offensive side of the ball.
McGuire takes over a Redhawk offense which led the nation in sacks allowed (.50/game) last year. Southeast also ranked among the top-10 teams in the nation in rushing offense (4th, 265 ypg), third-down conversions (6th, 47.3 pct.), fourth-down conversions (3rd, 72.2 pct.), fewest penalties per game (t10th, 4.50/game) and fewest yards penalized per game (8th, 37.92/game).