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  Doug Sams
Doug Sams

Player Profile
Offensive Line (Tackles/Tight Ends)

2006 (1 Season)

Alma Mater (Year):
Oregon State (1978)

Doug Sams, a veteran coach of 30 seasons on the college and professional levels, spent the 2006 campaign as the offensive line coach for tackles and tight ends at Stanford. Prior to coming to Stanford, Sams most recently was the head coach at Northern Michigan for four seasons (2002-05) and has been a head coach for 15 campaigns at three different schools.

Sams was the head coach at Fairmont State in West Virginia for 10 seasons (1992-2001) before taking over at Northern Michigan. At Fairmont State, he compiled an overall record of 53-47, was named the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) Coach of Year in 1996 while leading his team to a league championships that season and then again in 2000. His overall head coaching record is 71-81.

Prior to his tenure at Fairmont State, Sams spent three campaigns (1989-1991) as the offensive coordinator for the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League. He was the head coach for one season (1988) at Urbana, an NAIA school in Ohio.

Sams spent two years in the CFL (1986-87) as the defensive line and special teams coach in 1987 for the Edmonton Eskimos, and the offensive line coach for the Montreal Alouettes in 1986. During his one season in Edmonton, he helped the Eskimos win the Grey Cup.

Sams began his coaching career in 1978 as a part-time defensive line coach at Oregon State. He then moved on to Northern Iowa for four years (1979-82), where he coached the wide receivers during the 1979 season and the offensive line from 1980-82. He also spent three campaigns at Idaho State (1983-85) coaching the tight ends in 1983, and then the offensive line from 1984-85.

Sams and his wife, Brenda, have three daughters - Christina Robinson, Tisha Haught and Kate. Sams earned his Bachelor's degree at Oregon State in 1978 and a Master's degree from Idaho State in 1984.

The Sams File

Full Name: Doug Sams
Date of Birth: July 12, 1955
Hometown: La Grande, OR
High School: La Grande
College: Oregon State, 1978 (B.S., Political Science)
Wife: Brenda
Children: Christina, Tisha, Kate
Playing Experience: WR, Oregon State (1974)
Recruiting Regions: Northeast

Coaching Assignments

Oregon State
Defensive Line
1979-82 Northern Iowa Wide Receivers (1979), Offensive Line (1980-82)
1983-85 Idaho State Tight Ends (1983), Offensive Line (1984-85)
1986 Montreal - CFL Offensive Line
1987 Edmonton - CFL Defensive Line/Special Teams
1988 Urbana Head Coach
1989-91 Ottawa - CFL Offensive Coordinator
1992-2001 Fairmont State Head Coach
2002-05 Northern Michigan Head Coach
Offensive Line (Tackles/Tight Ends)

Playoff Experience

1983 Division I-AA Playoffs Idaho State
1987 CFL Grey Cup Champions Edmonton
1990 CFL Playoffs Ottawa - CFL
1991 CFL Playoffs Ottawa - CFL

Prominent Players Coached

Greg Marshall DT Oregon State
Henry Gizmo Williams Returner Edmonton
Damon Allen QB Ottawa

Last Updated: December 11, 2006