CLASSNOTES C O M P I L E D B Y L I B B Y E D WA R D S
With ‘Passion & Integrity,’ Coach ‘Sam’ Taught Lessons for a Lifetime
E WAS a legend and an inspiration to generations of Brunswick students.
Robert G. Sampson, 95, beloved coach, friend, and
mentor to so many in the Brunswick community, died Thursday, September 6. Coach “Sam,” as he was affectionately known by his players and colleagues, arrived at ’Wick in the fall of 1975 to become the School’s athletic director — adding head football coach to his slate of responsibilities in 1983. A monumental 140 wins, 14 FAA titles, eight undefeated seasons, and four New England championships later, Coach “Sam” retired in 2001 as a giant in the world of high school football. Former players, though, lauded their coach for far more than his actions on the sidelines or in the pre-game huddle. “He was the consummate coach,” Pete Bevacqua ’89 said. “He exuded passion and integrity, and taught his players lessons that stretched far beyond football. We won a lot. But because of ‘Sam,’ we won the right way.” Jarrett Shine ’92, now ’Wick’s head football coach, also played for “Sam” during his time as a running back and flanker on Everett Field. “He was a mentor and inspirational leader to so many,” Shine said. “When I run into players who had him as a coach — whether 35 years ago or 20 years ago — they all have had stories about his impact on them. “He knew each of his players and what buttons to push
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