On Tuesday afternoon, Missouri State University and head football coach Dave Steckel agreed to a two-year extension.
Steckel, who is entering his third season with the Bears, became the 20th head coach in MSU history in 2014. During his first two seasons, Steckel has a record of 5-17.
Steckel’s original contract was set to finish after the 2020 season, but under the new terms, he will remain the head coach until Jan. 31, 2022. Under the new terms, Steckel’s basic compensation and benefits package will not change.
“Stec is a positive fixture within our community and has demonstrated the qualities we are looking for to improve our team on and off the field,” MSU athletic director Kyle Moats said in a release. “We have confidence in his ability to continue building up our team, and we feel this move will help him and his staff as they recruit young men who will help us achieve that goal.”
The Bears open training camp on July 26 and will open the season on Sept. 2 against Mizzou. It marks the first time the two schools have played since 1923.
“I’m very humbled with the encouragement and support from Kyle (Moats) and President (Clif) Smart, the administration and Board of Governors,” Steckel said in a release. “We want to continue to build this program the right way with discipline and attention to detail to make Missouri State proud. We will do everything we can to build Missouri State into a competitive brand of football.”