Samara To Join USTFCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame

The USTFCCCA announced yesterday that Princeton men’s head coach Fred Samara is one of their six newest members of their Coaches Hall of Fame.

Samara has been the head coach of the men’s program since 1979.  During his tenure, he has coached the Tigers to 41 Heps titles across all three seasons, including seven Triple Crowns within the same academic year.  This success has also yielded many Coach of the Year honors from both USTFCCCA and the Ivy League.  Samara also had an accomplished athletic career while at Penn, earning two All-American honors, five individual Penn Relays titles, and a 1976 Olympian decathlete.  It should be noted that Samara’s name is still included in the Heps top 10 lists for both the decathlon and 4×100 relay.

“I am kind of overwhelmed. It’s such a great honor to be inducted into the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame. Many of the people who are already in the Hall of Fame are my mentors. Many were instrumental in my collegiate and post-collegiate athletic career and many have been instrumental into developing me into the coach I am today,” Coach Samara shared in the announcement on USTFCCCA’s website.

Samara will be the tenth Heps-affiliated coach in the Coaches Hall of Fame, joining Al Cantello (Navy – Class of 2013), Vin Lananna (Dartmouth – Class of 2012), Keene Fitzpatrick (Princeton/Yale – Class of 2011), Irv Mondschein (Penn – Class of 2007), Jack Warner (Cornell – Class of 2005), Larry Ellis (Princeton – Class of 1999), Bob Giegengack (Yale – Special Inductee), Ken Doherty (Penn – Special Inductee), and Jim “Tup” Tuppeny (Penn – Special Inductee).

Also included in the Class of 2017 will be Miami’s Amy Deem, Williams College’s Peter Farwell, Malone University’s Jack Hazen, UCLA’s Bob Kersee, and BYU’s Patrick Shane.

Congratulations Coach Samara.


One Response to “Samara To Join USTFCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame”

  1. Stu Nunnery says:

    Well done and well deserved Coach Fred! We 60’s/70’s colleagues salute you!

    Keep it runnin’!