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Recruiting Areas: Southeastern Pennsylvania (York, Lancaster, Chester, Delaware), Southern New Jersey (Ocean, Burlington, Camden, Atlantic, Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland, Cape May), Virginia, North Carolina (Raleigh)
Gordon Sammis is in his first season as the offensive line coach on John Garrett's staff.>
Sammis spent the last two seasons as the offensive line coach at Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in Lexington, Va. He was responsible for the running game and pass protection plans for a tempo run-pass option offense. From year one to year two of his VMI tenure, the offensive line cut its number of sacks allowed by seven.
"I am very excited for Gordie Sammis to be a part of the Lafayette football program as our offensive line coach. I have known him since he was a player when I was coaching at the University of Virginia," said Garrett, the Fred M. Kirby II '42 Head Football Coach of Lafayette football. "He is a smart, energetic, fantastic teacher of offensive line play. Gordie has a strong knowledge of the recruiting areas in our recruiting footprint and will be a tremendous asset to our staff in many ways."
Prior to VMI, Sammis spent time as the tight ends coach and offensive line coach at Columbia University from 2012-14. He served as the program's recruiting coordinator all three seasons, navigating the recruiting waters at an Ivy League school with the conference's highly selective academic index.
A 2007 University of Virginia graduate, Sammis graduated with a degree in Government after a playing career as an offensive guard that spanned from 2003-07. Sammis competed under Garrett, who was the wide receivers coach from 2004-06 and added the title of assistant head coach for offense in his final season before joining the Dallas Cowboys' staff.
Sammis returned to his alma mater as a graduate assistant coach from 2010-12, earning his Master's Degree in Education in 2012. He worked as offensive line assistant for three seasons and as the tight ends coach his last two.
Sammis is a native of Flemington, N.J. where he attended Immaculata High School.