Kellen Sampson is in his first year as an assistant coach with the Lumberjack basketball program.
Sampson comes to SFA after two seasons as an assistant with the Oklahoma men's basketball program. The former Sooner player served as a graduate assistant at OU in the 2008-09 season before being named assistant strength and conditioning coach for the 2009-10 campaign. In addition to his strength and conditioning functions, Sampson served as film exchange coordinator and helped coordinate official visits for Oklahoma recruits.
Prior to joining the Sooner staff, Sampson spent the 2007-08 season as a graduate assistant at Indiana.
In his playing career at Oklahoma, Sampson earned three letters and was the recipient of the team's Most Inspirational Award and Connection to the Community Award as a senior. In 2007 he earned First-Team Academic All-Big 12 accolades.
Sampson earned his bachelor's degree in communication from Oklahoma, graduating with honors in 2006. He received his master's in intercollegiate athletics administration in 2009.
Sampson is a third-generation coach, following in the career footsteps of both his father and grandfather. His father, Kelvin Sampson, is currently an assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA, following a long career as a college coach. His grandfather, John W. "Ned" Sampson, was a widely respected high school coach in Pembroke, N.C.
At Stephen F. Austin, Sampson will be involved in all aspects of the daily operation of the Lumberjack basketball program.