Former Hornet standout quarterback Kevin Sampson returns for his 26th season as a member of the Hornet coaching staff, enjoying a long and rich history with Fullerton College football.
As a young ball-boy, a player, and a coach, Sampson has been connected to the Hornet gridiron since 1963. His father, retired offensive coordinator Marv Sampson, spearheaded the creative schemes that garnered the Hornets three national championships, a 47-game unbeaten streak, and 16 conference championships during his 31 years with legendary Coach Hal Sherbeck.
As a player, Sampson led his teams to a conference championship, a national ranking, and a bowl appearance. He was also picked as a preseason All-American quarterback.
As a Hornet coach (since '92), he has been the mentor to four of the top seven single-season passing leaders in the FC's 94-year football history. The Fullerton College single-season passing records yards (2,791), completions (224), and total offense (4,139) occurred during Sampson's tenure working with Hornet quarterbacks. He has coached numerous All-Americans and scholarship winners, including Josh Nelson (Mississippi), Ryan Roskelly (Memphis), Vine Wilson (Toledo), Luke Tracy (Idaho), Kyle Olson (Penn), and Jeff Fleming (New Mexico State).
Sampson carved out an impressive athletic career during his high school and intercollegiate years. He lettered in basketball and track at Glendora High School, but excelled in football, where he earned All-Sierra League honors and rewrote the school's passing record books.
Recruited to play at Stanford, Sampson later accepted a congressional nomination to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Recruited by then-head coach Bill Parcells, Sampson went on to spend his freshman year at the Academy before returning to California and quarterbacking the Hornets in 1979-80. Sampson then accepted a football scholarship to Long Beach State, where he was the 49er's starting quarterback until an injury forced him to the sideline just prior to the 1981 season. He was also part of the 1982 LBSU squad that led the nation (then D 1A) in passing offense.
Currently, Kevin works as a tenured professor at Fullerton College teaching legal studies courses. He possesses a doctoral degree in educational law and policy from the University of Southern California, master's degrees in both organizational management and education, and is the past Chair of the college's Administration of Justice Department. He has also served as a faculty member at California State University Los Angeles, Pasadena College, Rio Hondo College, and Coastline College, where he now serves as the academic Chair of the Emergency Management Department.