Sam Ojie begins his fifth season as an assistant coach with the Tulane squad in 2003 - his first in a full-time capacity - and will once again be responsible for coaching pin-blocking, jump serving and the outside hitters.
Ojie, who played seven years of professional volleyball in Africa and Europe, provides the Green Wave program with a unique approach to the game and has been an integral cog in the improvement Tulane has made since his arrival prior to the 1999 season.
A Tulane hitter has earned All-Conference USA honors in each of his previous four seasons with Tulane, including last season when Britney Hurst claimed her second consecutive all-league honor. The Green Wave has averaged 15.33 kills per game under the watchful eye of Ojie, and the team hitting percentage has improved from .173 the year prior to his arrival to a combined .210 percentage over the last four last seasons. In addition, the team's 226 service aces last season were the most by a Tulane team in a decade.
Prior to joining the Tulane staff in 1999, Ojie played professionally in France for three years as a member of the Hainuat Volley Club. While in France, Ojie was a major factor in the success of the Hainuat squad that won the Division III title in 1998 and made the difficult transition to Division II in 1999. While starring for the men's team, Ojie also had the opportunity to coach the female Division II club as well as the area's under-12 boys team.
From 1994-96, Ojie played for the Mizuno Mallory team in London that did not lose a single match from 1994-96, including an undefeated 1995 season that culminated with both an English Cup and English League Championship. Ojie's professional career began in 1992 in Africa as a member of the Ivory Coast Abidjan University Club where he was recognized by the local media as the team's most outstanding player in his final year of competition. That, Ojie and the Abidjan squad competed against six other clubs in the All-African Championships.
A native of Nigeria, Africa, Ojie graduated from Command Second School in 1985. While in school, Ojie played table tennis, was the school's high jump champion and got his first taste of volleyball before joining his first club team, the Plateau Peaks which went on to finish second in the Nigerian Club Championship in 1990.
While playing professionally, Ojie also attended Nigeria University of Jos, Plateau State and Universite des Hainaut Valenciennes. Ojie completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in media arts and associates in applied business in May 2003.