Brian H. Samson
Grad Year: 1972
Year Inducted: 2013
Brian H. Samson ’72 was a standout for the Rhode Island College men’s soccer team from 1967-1970 and was one of the most electric offensive players in the program’s early history. Samson joined the club as a freshman in 1967 and was an instant contributor, starring for the Anchormen through his senior season in 1970 under the guidance of Head Coach Ed Bogda.
A native of Warwick, R.I., Samson wrapped up his career with the Anchormen having compiled 21 goals, which ranks 12th all-time in program history. He also added eight assists for a grand total 50 career points with Rhode Island College and is tied for 13th all-time in that regard. Samson, who earned All-Conference honors while with the Anchormen and also served as a team captain, was named to the RIC All-75th Anniversary men’s soccer team in 2005.
While at Rhode Island College, Samson held the title of Class President from 1967 to 1969 and also served as a member of the Finance Committee.
Following his graduation from Rhode Island College in 1972, Samson taught in the Coventry School System for 32 years as a special education teacher. He also remained very active in the sport of soccer, as he joined the Rhode Island Soccer Officials Association (RISOA) and refereed high school soccer in the state for many years. After taking some time off from refereeing to coach soccer at Coventry High School, Samson returned to the RISOA and has continued officiating ever since, while also serving as an executive board member.
He currently resides in East Greenwich, R.I. with his wife Joan. They have three children: Kimberly, Cory and Briget, as well as five grandchildren.