September 12, 2018
Former Mississippi College standout Kristen Sampson is the new volunteer assistant women’s basketball coach at East Central Community College after most recently serving as a graduate assistant at her alma mater.
ECCC Head Women’s Coach LaTaryl Williams announced Sampson’s hiring as he begins preparations for his first season leading the Lady Warriors.
“I’m excited to have Coach Sampson join our program,” said Williams. “As a former player in our league, she understands what it takes to be successful on and off the court and will be a valuable mentor to our players. She has been doing a tremendous job thus far, and I see a bright future for her as she begins her coaching career.”
A native of Jackson, Sampson etched her name in the Mississippi College record book as she ranks in the top 10 in career three-pointers made, three-pointers attempted, and three-point field goal percentage. She started 50 games for the Lady Choctaws and compiled 700 points during her two seasons in Clinton and averaged 13.7 points per contest along with 4.3 rebounds.
She added to her accomplishments during the 2015-16 season as she scored a career-high 32 points en route to a 91-80 Mississippi College win over the University of North Alabama. The performance was the first 30-point scoring effort for a Lady Choctaw since 2008.
Before her arrival in Clinton, Sampson played two seasons at Meridian Community College, where she averaged 19.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.9 steals, and 2.6 assists per game for the Lady Eagles in 25 games. She scored in double figures in 24 of her 25 games. She was named Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Player of the Week seven times.
Sampson started her basketball career in Jackson as she prepped at Provine High School. She was an All-Metro selection for the Rams averaging 15.0 points and six rebounds.
She received her Associate of Art at Meridian Community College in 2014 and earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Mississippi College in 2016.
She is currently working on her master’s degree in athletic administration from Mississippi College.