Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


March 26, 2014

Coaching beyond the game


Hours later at breakfast, the same girls were seated at the next table. Their voices were familiar, but their faces weren’t. Oh, how he wished his contacts had been in place when he’d threatened them earlier. Turns out they were members of another team from another university.

Proof positive of his commitment to academic excellence came with his recommendation that grade point minimums be INCREASED for athletes. It was so ordered, much to the delight of the faculty.

The requirement that players take their classes seriously worked. Thus, SRSU student athletes earn the right to play sports. Some 40 graduates of his programs now have doctoral degrees. Hundreds more are teaching and coaching.

Several years ago, he underwent a medical procedure performed by one of his former students.

Born in Athens and a graduate of Seminole, TX, High School, the 6-3 Sample was an all-state selection in basketball. At Wayland Baptist University, he made NAIA All-District three years-- once was named an NAIA All-American—and set a school career scoring record of 1,726 points.

Following graduation there, he served two years in the US Army before becoming a men’s basketball graduate assistant while completing his master’s degree at SRSU. He received his doctorate at East Texas State University in 1975.

No one in Alpine is more respected than this man whose values, goals, integrity and character are beyond reproach.

Sample has received a ton of honors, and with his wife, Belinda, has initiated a number of endowments throughout the university.

He’s served as scoutmaster and as a board member of both AISD and the Wesley Foundation. Sample has been a Lions Club member for more than 30 years.

Dr. and Mrs. Sample are members of Alpine United Methodist Church. She is a former SRSU student and was payroll supervisor there for 25 years. Their children, Michael of Austin and Denise Dusek of Wall, are SRSU graduates, and grandchildren Jake, 14, and Melanie, 9, say they’re SRSU bound.

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