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University of Houston, Led by Lumbee Head Coach, Heads to Final Four


Houston Head Coach Kelvin Sampson (Lumbee) on the sideline at the 2019 NCAA basketball tournament.

HOUSTON, Texas - The University of Houston Men's Basketball Team is heading to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Final Four for the first time in 37 years. While it's definitely exciting for the Houston Cougars, it's also a milestone for head coach Kelvin Sampson. It's his second Final Four appearance; his first was 19 years ago while serving as head coach for the University of Oklahoma.

Coach Sampson was born in Laurinberg, N.C. and raised in Pembroke, N.C. - the heart of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. He's Lumbee through and through, and out of the NCAA's 353 Division I basketball programs, Sampson is the only Native American head coach.

Sampson has been coaching basketball for 40 years, coaching eight years in the NBA and then for various NCAA men's programs, including Michigan State University, Montana Tech University, Washington State University, University of Oklahoma, Indiana University, and the University of Houston. He is one of only 15 coaches in NCAA history to lead four or more schools to the NCAA tournament and has been named National Coach of the Year three times.


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