Chris Samuels left the comfy confines of an assistant coaching job at Alabama, his alma mater, to return and coach high school football in Northern Virginia at Osbourn. Now, just weeks before the 2015 practice sessions get underway, word has leaked that Samuels won’t be the only former NFLer at Osbourn.
As Tweeted by Washington Post sports writer Brandon Parker, Samuels has named Khary Campbell and Marcus Washington, both former NFL players in D.C., as assistants on his coaching staff.
The move is one that brings both celebrity and solid structure to the Osbourn staff. Both Campbell and Washington spent multiple years as NFL linebackers, Campbell bouncing between franchises for eight seasons and Washington splitting his nine years between Indianapolis and Washington. With two well respected defensive minds opposite him as assistants, Samuels can enter the season with confidence in the knowledge that he and his staff are bringing personal stories of success to the Northern Virginia school.
That doesn’t mean that Osbourn will cruise to a winning season. After all, Osbourn is coming off a 4-10 season, and it could take a lot to turn around those fortunes so dramatically in such a short period of time.
If Samuels, Campbell and Washington can’t do it, at least Osbourn fans will know that they didn’t fail for a lack of personal experience in the sport.