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Patrick Sampson


Loyola Marymount University



Sampson has carried a 3.49 GPA throughout his four years at LMU while majoring in business. He has been named to the Dean’s List twice and has been a National Scholar-Athlete in each of his four years. Additionally, Sampson was named to the West Coast Conference’s Fall All-Academic team and was a Presidential Citation nominee in 2008-09. Sampson has shown many interests outside soccer and has prepared himself for a career after he finishes playing soccer. In the summer of 2009, he interned at Sampson Investment Management in Danville, CA, a private wealth management firm in which he shadowed active traders and wealth managers. At the end of July, he traveled to Seattle to shadow Bryce James, CEO of Smart Portfolios. Sampson also spent the summer of 2008 interning with Smith Barney in Chicago. At LMU, Patrick has been chosen for several highly selective programs. As a junior, he was selected for the Student Investment Fund through LMU’s College of Business Administration. This is a year-long honors class taught by the college’s dean in which students invest $200,000 in the stock market and meet with local businesses to learn about investments. In the summer of 2007, he was one of four LMU students given a scholarship for a two-week trip to South Korea through LMU’s Center for Asian Business. He toured a Hyundai ship-building yard and manufacturing assembly line and met with the vice presidents of Samsung and Hyundai, as well as visiting local schools where Koreans are taught English.


Sampson has shown a tremendous amount of character, both on and off the soccer field. He was not on scholarship as a freshman and redshirted the season, then was third on the team’s depth chart the following year. In 2007, he was beat out for the starting goalkeeper job by a younger player but he never got discouraged, coming back in 2008 to win the starting position and earn not only all-conference honors, but also a full scholarship. In 2008, he was an integral part of LMU’s turn-around from three victories from 2007 to a 7-8-5 record in 2008, leading a team that featured 19 freshmen and sophomores. In the meantime, he has been a representative of men’s soccer on the LMU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for the past 2 ½ years. He is also a member of the Student-Athlete Mentor program, he regularly tutors other student-athletes, and he has worked in the on-campus Jesuit Community for the last three years. Additionally, Sampson finished second in the Sigma Phi Epsilon “Balanced Man” school-wide scholarship program. In 2008-09, he was also nominated for the LMU Most Improved Athlete of the Year and LMU Pride awards, the latter of which is given annually to the student-athlete who demonstrates leadership and mentorship qualities, contributions to team chemistry and sportsmanship.


Sampson has made it a point to set aside time in his life to help others. With LMU’s soccer team, he has volunteered each of the last four years at the Soccer for Hope annual camp for childhood cancer. Sampson has helped out with Habitat for Humanity, building houses in each of the last two years. Sampson also accompanied the LMU soccer team on its March 2009 trip to Costa Rica in which the players delivered clothing and soccer balls to children at an orphanage. Closer to home, he helps coach an under-15 girls soccer team in Manhattan Beach, he took a local first grade class to the Automotive Museum, and he plans to volunteer 1-2 days a week at the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital during the 2009 season.


After redshirting his freshman year in 2005 and not playing at all in 2006, Sampson played a total of just 270 minutes in 2007. Last year, however, he won the starting goalkeeper job and went on to earn second team All-West Coast Conference honors. He was the WCC Player of the Week twice in September and named the conference’s Player of the Month for September after shutting out No. 11 Illinois-Chicago and No. 24 Cal Poly. He finished the year with the second-lowest goals-against-average (0.87) in LMU history. His 62 saves were fourth-best in the WCC and he was tied for the second-most shutouts with four. Even more telling, LMU improved from three victories in 2008 to seven in 2009 despite a roster that featured 19 freshmen and sophomores. Away from LMU, Sampson has played over the summer of 2007 with the Cascade Surge of the Premier Development League and spent the summer of 2008 with the Chicago Fire youth club.