Gordie Sammis is in his third year with the Lions, but first in his current position of offensive line coach. Sammis joined the Columbia football staff in December 2011, working as the tight ends coach in his first two seasons.
Sammis came to Columbia after working at his alma mater, the University of Virginia.
Prior to his stint at Charlottesville, Sammis helped Hamilton Garner enjoy another fine season in 2012 with 28 catches, 336 receiving yards and a touchdown. For his efforts, Garner was added to the 2013 CFPA Preseason Watch List.
"I have known Gordie Sammis since he was a player at the University of Virginia. I know how he was coached and the program he grew up in. He is a product of a system that will have strong similarities to our own," Mangurian said. "For the last two years, he has coached the tight ends and worked with the offensive line. Gordie has the kind of work ethic and attitude that will serve as a great example for our players."
At Virginia, Sammis spent the 2010 season as an on-field graduate assistant. In 2011, he coached the Cavaliers' tight ends.
Sammis, a two-year letterwinner at Virginia, played on both the offensive line and special teams. The 2007 graduate appeared in 27 games from 2003-07 as an offensive guard.
Sammis was one of seven true freshmen to play during the 2003 season. He was granted a redshirt for the 2004 campaign and played in six contests as a sophomore in 2005, primarily on special teams. He was awarded his first letter following the 2006 campaign when he played in all but two games.
As a senior, Sammis played in the final 11 games of the season including the 2008 Gator Bowl to earn his second letter. That season he started against Pittsburgh and Middle Tennessee, both UVa victories.
Following his graduation, Sammis worked as a football coach and weight room assistant at the Pingry School in Martinsville, New Jersey, until July of 2009. He interned with the Warren police department for four months in the fall of 2009. Sammis then resumed work on his graduate degree at UVa's Curry School of Education in 2009 in administartion and supervision.
A prep All-American at Immaculata High School in Flemington, New Jersey, Sammis played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.