Assistant Coach/Defensive Line
Sam Horrell enters his second season as the defensive line coach at Washington University in St. Louis following a six-year stint as head coach at Clayton High School.
Horrell spent 11 years on the staff at Clayton, serving as offensive coordinator from 2000-04 and head coach from 2005-10. He guided the Greyhounds to an 8-4 record and a second-round appearance in the playoffs in his final season in 2010, earning Suburban East Conference Coach of the Year honors. Horrell remains at Clayton High School as a teacher and administrator.
During his tenure at Clayton, Horrell helped produce 54 first-team all-conference and 23 all-State honorees. The Greyhounds appeared in the state playoffs six of his 11 seasons on the sidelines, and captured the 2004 Missouri Class 4A State Championship.
Horrell earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Quincy University in 1998, and a master’s degree in education administration from Lindenwood University in 2011. He played four seasons of college football at Quincy, and was a member of the 1994 Illini-Badger Conference championship team.
A 1993 graduate of Clayton High School, Horrell and his wife, Tisha, have two children: Brayden (five) and Teagan (two).