Coach Sams spent several years coaching high school boys basketball at schools such as Iowa City Regina in Iowa City, Iowa, as well Roosevelt and East High Schools in Des Moines, Iowa. He also has extensive experience at the AAU level with programs throughout Iowa. Most recently, Coach Sams coached, and was then promoted to program director, at Pure Prep Academy in Des Moines. While in this role, the program experienced great success, including multiple winning seasons for the first time in over ten years.
Originally from Washington DC, Coach Sams played basketball at Dunbar High, one of the top high school programs in the country. After winning a high school championship, as well as being given all metro honors, he continued his basketball at Southeastern Community College in Burlington, Iowa. Averaging 23 points and 10 rebounds per game, Sams was also named to the third team all NJCAA his first year, and first team all NJCAA his second year. He went on to play at Drake University in Des Moines, where he became one of the top players in the Missouri Valley Conference. Coach Sams was selected by the coaches and media to the Missouri Valley Conference first team offensive and defensive teams. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in sociology, with a minor in communication, from Drake. For the twelve years following his graduation, Coach Sams played professionally both overseas and in the states.