Syracuse head football coach Dino Babers announced the hiring of Terrence Samuel as the Orange’s wide receivers coach on Thursday. Samuel brings more than 20 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Syracuse staff, most recently serving as the passing game coordinator at UNLV this season following a nine-year tenure on the Michigan State staff.
“Coach Samuel has years of experience at the Power 5 level and has coached some excellent wide receivers in his career,” Babers said. “He has an eye for talent! Coach Samuel has proven to recruit good players and develop them for the next level on and off the field. He will be a great mentor for these young men. I look forward to adding his experience both on the field and on the recruiting trail to the Syracuse University football program.”
“Coming to coach at Syracuse feels like a full circle experience for me, as I almost ended up here during my recruitment as a player,” Samuel said. “I’m excited to join this program and I thank Coach Babers and [Director of Athletics] John Wildhack for the opportunity.”
Samuel’s tenure with UNLV was limited to just six games, following a shortened Mountain West Conference schedule, but the Rebels’ receiving corps under Samuel featured freshman All-American Kyle Williams, who set the program record with 5.8 receptions per game.
During his tenure at Michigan State, Samuel’s wideouts earned All-Big Ten honors eight times in his eight seasons coaching the position group, including two Big Ten Receivers of the Year in Tony Lippett (2014) and Aaron Burbridge (2015). He also coached five wideouts who were selected in the NFL Draft during that time and saw six of his receivers make active NFL rosters after leaving MSU.