Dave Steckel (American football)

Dave Steckel is an American football coach and former player. He was most recently the head coach at Missouri State University. Prior to that, he spent 14 seasons on the staff at the University of Missouri. His other coaching stops include Miami University of Ohio, Ball State University, the University of Minnesota, Dickinson College, Lehigh University, the University of Toledo, and Rutgers University.

Dave Steckel
Playing career
Position(s)Offensive lineman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1982–1983Miami (OH) (GA)
1984Ball State (DL)
1985Minnesota (GA)
1986–1987Dickinson (AHC/OC)
1988–1991Lehigh (STC/LB)
1992–1995Toledo (DL)
1996–1998Rutgers (DL)
1999–2000Rutgers (LB)
2001–2008Missouri (LB)
2009–2010Missouri (DC/LB)
2011–2014Missouri (AHC/DC/LB)
2015–2019Missouri State
Head coaching record
Overall13–42 (college)

Coaching careerEdit

Steckel’s coaching career started shortly after his playing career ended at Kutztown in 1982. He got his start as a graduate assistant at Miami (OH).[1]

In 1984, he joined the Ball State staff as the defensive line coach.[1]

Steckel spent the 1985 season as a graduate assistant at Minnesota.[1]

From 1986–1987, Steckel was the associate head coach and offensive coordinator at Dickinson College.[1]

From Dickinson, Steckel moved on to Lehigh, where he served as the special teams coordinator and linebackers coach from 1988–1991.[2]

In 1992, Steckel joined Gary Pinkel’s staff at Toledo coaching the defensive line. He held that position through the 1995 season.[2]

Steckel then joined the coaching staff at Rutgers for five seasons. He coached the defensive line from 1996–1998 and the linebackers in 1999 and 2000.[2]

In 2001, Steckel reunited with Gary Pinkel at Missouri, joining the Tigers as the linebackers coach. Steckel would spend the next 14 years tutoring the Tigers linebackers, was promoted to defensive coordinator prior to the 2009 season, and was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2011 season.[3]

On December 14, 2014, Steckel was named the 20th head football coach at Missouri State.[3]

Playing careerEdit

Steckel played four seasons as an offensive lineman at Kutztown University.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

A native of Fullerton, Pennsylvania, Steckel enlisted in the United States Marine Corps following his high school graduation, and served from 1975–1978.[3] He is the younger brother of former NFL coach, Les Steckel.[2]

Steckel and his wife, Mary Beth, have one daughter, Amanda.[3]

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Missouri State Bears (Missouri Valley Football Conference) (2015–2019)
2015 Missouri State 1–10 0–8 10th
2016 Missouri State 4–7 2–6 T–8th
2017 Missouri State 3–8 2–6 T–8th
2018 Missouri State 4–7 2–6 9th
2019 Missouri State 1–10 1–7 T–9th
Missouri State: 13–42 7–33
Total: 13–42


  1. ^ a b c d "Dave Steckel". saturdaydownsouth.com. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Scranton, Lyndal. "You don't know Stec ... Springsteen, Windex and bear hugs". news-leader.com. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Dave Steckel". missouristatebears,com. Retrieved March 27, 2018.

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