Samuel, 59, was out of coaching this past year after being let go at Southeast Missouri State at the conclusion of the 2013 season. He has a 65-117 record as a head coach.
He went 31-60 at Southeast Missouri State in eight seasons. He was also let go at New Mexico State after the 2004 season following a 34-57 mark in eight seasons.
Prior to that, Samuel was defensive line coach at Stanford for two seasons and coached the position at Western Michigan from 1982-83. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, he played defensive end at Nebraska from 1974-77.
Samuel joins Georgia State coach Trent Miles, who has a 1-23 record in the program’s first two FBS seasons. The Panthers return 17 starters, including senior starting quarterback, who led the Sun Belt in passing yards last year.