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.