North Carolina High School Athletic Association

Ned Sampson

Ned Sampson is considered one of the greatest native American athletes and coaches the state has ever produced. Ned was an outstanding all-around athlete at Pembroke High who later went on to a great career at UNC-Pembroke. He captained the football, basketball and baseball teams there before his graduation in 1953 and is a charter member of the UNC-P Athletic Hall of Fame. After his graduation, Sampson coached from 1953 through ’67 at Magnolia High School, winning championships in both men’s and women’s basketball, and then from 1968-1983 was a teacher, coach and athletic director at Pembroke Senior High. His son Kelvin is currently the head basketball coach at Oklahoma.