Adds Oklahoma Basketball Coach
University basketball coach Kelvin Sampson has been signed on for the
2002-2003 Distinguished Speaker Series.
Sampson will speak
on April 28, 2003 at 7 p.m. at the Given's Performing
Arts Center. Tickets will be $10 for the general public.
Sampson, a Pembroke
native and a 1978 graduate of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke,
has been recognized as one of the nation's top college basketball coaches.
His 2001-02 squad finished 31-5 and qualified for the NCAA Final Four.
In 1995, he was
named national coach of the year by the Associated Press, United States
Basketball Writers Association and Basketball Weekly. He has a 363-222
(.621) career record and a 187-74 (.716) mark at Oklahoma.
the quality that we want for all of our graduates," said UNCP Chancellor
Dr. Allen Meadors. "A willingness to work hard and to give back
when the opportunity occurs. We are proud of him as an alumni, native
son and exceptionally fine individual."
Pembroke High School where he captained his high school basketball team
for two years, playing for his father John W. "Ned" Sampson.
At UNC Pembroke,
he concentrated on basketball and baseball. The point guard was team
captain for the Braves as a senior and earned four letters in basketball
and three in baseball. He earned Dean's List recognition throughout
his collegiate career and was awarded the Gregory Lowe Memorial Award
as the school's outstanding physical education major his senior year.
he became a graduate assistant coach at Michigan State University serving
under coaching legend Jud Heathcote. He served as head coach at Montana
Tech and Washington State before being hired by Oklahoma in 1994.
He took the Oklahoma
job on the advice of retired UNC-Chapel Hill coach Dean Smith, who said
he would go the NCAA tournament every year there. Sampson did not disappoint
Sampson is a member
of UNCP's Athletic Hall of Fame. His father was the first member to
be inducted into the hall.
The UNCP Distinguished
Speaker Series begins Sept. 24 with former CNN Headline News anchor
Lynne Russell, followed by former "Happy Days" star Henry
"The Fonz" Winkler on Nov. 12. The series resumes on Feb.
18 with legendary actor James Earl Jones and continues on March 11 with
multi-award-winning performer/actress Rita Moreno.
to University Newswire