In Defense Of The Roanoke College Strength And Conditioning Coach Who Was Popped With Roids And Coke

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Think back to the first time you entered the iron asylum known as your high school weight room. Water stained ceiling panels give off a fresh aroma of mildew and mold to help mask a contradicting clash of B.O. and Axe body spray. Merely glancing at the rust engulfed barbells for too long caused a mutant tetanus infection that modern medicine currently has no strong enough vaccine to cure. White chalk glistened on the floor like a dusting of freshly fallen snow or the residue of a Hunter S. Thompson sneeze. The group of dewy-eyed freshmen you entered with, all relatively around the size of an electron (give or take), are greeted at the door by the man that would Sacagawea you through this strange and unusual land. What does this fella look like? How does he carry himself? The exact same in every gym nationwide.

Sure, David Larue Sampson Jr. is technically no longer a DIII strength and conditioning coach or director of the Roanoke College fitness center by “trade” after a six-month police investigation found his office littered with cocaine and anabolic steroids, but this isn’t some part-time gig like being a doctor or lawyer that he can willingly (forcefully in this case) walk away from. No, this is just who David Larue Sampson Jr. is to the very core of his being.

Telling a strength and conditioning coach not to gas himself up with stimulants is like telling a bird not to fly or the sun not to shine. It’s a completely unreasonable thing for a school to ask. This is his life, gainfully employed or not.


College employees were cleaning an office when they saw “several syringes and vials that appeared to be associated with the use of anabolic steroids,” according to a search warrant filed in Salem Circuit Court in June. The detective then searched the office and located “syringes and glass vials which were labeled as anabolic steroids,” which are a Schedule III controlled substance.

Through another search warrant, police searched Sampson’s home and seized many items, including 55 vials, 14 syringes, two pill bottles, a glass pipe and 13 vial tops.

Sampson was responsible for testing, writing and administering conditioning programs for more than 200 varsity athletes in nine different sports.

Sampson holds “student-athletes to high expectations in the weight room” and “takes a hands-on approach to meet those expectations.”

he NCAA conducts drug testing at its NCAA Division I, Division II and Division III championship tournaments, and also conducts year-round drug testing on the campuses of Division I and Division II schools. But the NCAA does not conduct drug testing on the campuses of Division III schools.

Labeling your steroids verbatim to avoid confusion with any other “supplemental” income you may or may not be dabbling with in your office just shows me this guy is a true professional. And how about that “hands-on approach” to get the very best out of his student-athletes? Sounds like a guy that cares about the kids to me, which is a total anomaly in the collegiate sports landscape nowadays. Roanoke College lost themselves a hell of a coach, and an even better man.


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Dan Regester

Dan Regester @Dan_Regester is a Senior Writer, Podcast Host, and Video Guy for Grandex Media. He's Delco trash to the core and a UCF cinema studies graduate because he never got around to applying to an actual film school. Dan is a gambling man, crypto investor, and procrastinator. He enjoys long walks to the water fountain between bench press sets and is not a fan of the homeless, the elderly, or the Phoenix Airport. Email tips to

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