Adam Samson, sports information director and assistant athletics director for external relations, has accepted the position of Athletics Director for the College effective immediately.
“We look forward to working with Adam and know he will lead a well-rounded athletics program that is competitive in the American Midwest Conference year after year,” President Dianne Lynch said. “We also know he will continue to enhance and provide a top-notch experience academically and athletically for our student-athletes. He is committed to our mission and understands the role of athletics in supporting that mission, our students and strategic goals. We know he will further the success and development of our student-athletes.”
In his time at Stephens, Samson has helped to usher in many improvements to our Athletics program, including the launch of a new brand, athletics website and live video streaming. He has helped Stephens and her students achieve recognition on the national level, Lynch said. He was also responsible for the NAIA Champions of Character program, student-athlete welfare, eligibility and oversight of scheduling.
“I want to thank President Lynch for her vote of confidence and unwavering support as I embark on this exciting chapter of my career,” Samson said. “I’m extremely humbled and honored to have the opportunity to serve as an ambassador for Stephens as its next AD.”
Samson’s background includes experience as an athletics communications assistant at Missouri State University (NCAA Division I), where he helped increase media coverage for men’s soccer and swimming and diving at the local and national level, among other accomplishments. He also served in a media capacity with the NAIA National Office and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism (news & information) from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in administrative studies (sports management) from Missouri State University. He has also served as a volunteer at several premier sporting events, including the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials, 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Regional (Omaha, Neb.), 2011 MVC Women’s Soccer Championship, 2010 NCAA Men’s Basketball Regional and 2010 NCAA Women’s Basketball Regional.
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