Kelvin Sampson: Program-Builder


A couple of good reads from the Houston Chronicle on the job Kelvin Sampson has done at Houston since taking over in 2014. Four years ago Sampson, a life-long college coach who found himself on an NBA bench after being given a five-year show-cause for recruiting violations incurred while he was at Oklahoma and Indiana, took over a Houston program that had fallen on hard times – only going to 2 NCAA Tournaments in the last quarter-century. Sampson has built the reputation as a coach who can build something from nothing as Houston is now the 4th school Sampson has taken to the NCAA Tournament.

The Cougars went 13-19 in Sampson’s first season, but the foundation was laid.

“I knew what the house was going to look like, but nobody else did,” Sampson says. “They just saw that we were losing. I saw a foundation. I knew we were going to build on that.”

Quick revival of UH shows Kelvin Sampson’s skills as master builder

Kelvin Sampson rebuilding UH basketball and his reputation

For more on Sampson:
-On day one, a son sees his father rise again (LINK)\
-Hammer action from this year’s NCAA Tournament (LINK)
-Q&A with Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson (LINK)
-Sampson’s tenure marked by changing culture (LINK)
-Charge drill (LINK)
-Kelvin Sampson creating NCAA Tournament culture at Houston (LINK)

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