Girls Ice Hockey Director
Sam is thrilled to be the new Girls Summit Ice Hockey Director. She loves coaching and developing youth sports programs. Her mission is to grow girls’ sports in Summit County while focusing on teamwork, positive attitudes, and mastering the basics.
Sam spent her early childhood in Niger, West Africa, where there was no snow or ice skating rinks. When she moved to Maryland, she was introduced to ice skating and began taking Learn To Skate classes before joining an all girls’ ice hockey team. Sam played in Maryland on the Montgomery Blue Devils Women’s Ice Hockey U12, U14, and U16 National Teams. Her first year playing hockey, she was selected by her coach to represent her team in a skating competition during the intermission of a Washington Capitals game. In addition to playing on the U19 Montgomery Blue Devils Women’s Ice Hockey team, she was one of the only girls on her high school’s ice hockey team.
In high school, Sam lettered in field hockey and lacrosse. She was the only sophomore to make and start on her varsity high school field hockey team. Sam was awarded First Team All-Gazette in field hockey for Montgomery County and was appointed captain her senior year. In lacrosse, Sam was one of two freshmen to make her varsity lacrosse team. She started all four years as a center and a D-wing on her high school lacrosse team. Sam received honorable mention as well as player to watch in both lacrosse and field hockey. During the summer, when Sam wasn’t playing ice hockey, field hockey or lacrosse, she was swimming on her neighborhood swim team. She swam with the Fallsmead Sharks for 11 years and went to Divisionals and All-Stars multiple times. While on the swim team, Sam was awarded the Coaches Award two different years by two different coaches.
After graduating from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Sam moved back to Maryland and worked at The Next Level Athletic Performance Center. While working at Next Level, Sam coached youth and high school lacrosse teams, clinics, camps, and private lessons. Her first-year coaching, she led the Travel Next Level 3rd/4th grade team to the program's first Metro Girls Lacrosse League Championship. In addition to coaching lacrosse, Sam started the field hockey program at The Next Level Athletic Performance Center.
When Sam moved to Breckenridge, she felt right at home working at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena. She taught adult and youth ice skating classes as well as afterschool ice skating, Learn To Skate, preschool ice skating, and power skating. Sam enjoys helping out and skating in the Town of Breckenridge Winter and Spring Ice Show. While living in Breckenridge, Sam has taught skiing for Vail Resorts, as well as coaching the JV Summit High School Girls lacrosse team. In addition to coaching the Girls Summit Stix lacrosse team, Sam started a summer girls’ lacrosse camp in Breckenridge since there was none offered.