Savannah resident Lamonte Massie-Sampson has been named athletics director at Livingstone College. Massie-Sampson will replace Andre Springs who has announced his retirement as athletic director of Livingstone, effective Dec. 31.
It will be a homecoming to the Salisbury, North Carolina based school for Massie-Sampson who was the Blue Bears athletic director and head football coach from 2007-10.
“I am extremely excited to return back to Livingstone Athletics,” stated Massie-Sampson. “Seeing some of my past hires that are still in the department and some peers gives me a high comfort level for the transition. In addition, with Coach Springs staying on ensures there is a seamless transition.,” he went on to add.
When asked about his goals for the Division II program which competes in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, he said “My goal is to pick up where Coach Springs left off. We want to continue the building process of the program. Once I am there we will first work on our comprehensive plan for our athletic enterprise. All centered around providing the best student-athlete experience academically, athletically and socially.”
Massie- Sampson is confident that new facilities will help recruit more students to Livingstone. “With the building of our new arena and other projects, we plan to be a strong consideration for students and student-athletes throughout North Carolina and at a minimum, the CIAA footprint if not nationally.”
For the past two years, Massie-Sampson has served as an assistant football coach at Islands High School. He was the Sharks assistant head coach/running back coach during the 2017 season and served as offensive coordinator this past season.
Prior to that he spent 2011-12 as an assistant football coach at Benedict College and worked as an assistant athletic director of team operations at Savannah State University from 2010-11.
From 2000-2007, he served as the head football coach and offensive coordinator at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Fla.
From 2005-2007 Massie-Sampson served as the commissioner of the South Eastern Athletic Conference. During that time he helped implement their strategic plan, provided leadership with the budget, marketing proposals, compliance, and daily administrative operations for the entire conference.
Massie-Sampson is also a business owner. He is CEO and president of Valiant Global Solutions which is based in Savannah. Valiant is a provider of IT hardware/ software, cloud and telecommunications products to small and mid-sized businesses.
In 2006, Massie-Sampson retired as a captain from the US Army Reserve after 22 years of enlisted and commissioned service
In 1991 he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Tuskegee University, in 1991. A native of Syracuse, New York, Massie is married to Felicia A. Massie, and together they have two children Erika, 23 and Jamel, 20