Former NFL WR P.K. Sam coaching at Centerville


CENTERVILLE -- P.K. Sam played wide receiver at Florida State and then was drafted in the fifth round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.

In 2011 Sam's playing career ended and he transitioned into a career in sales.

The itch to be around football remained a constant presence in his life.

Finally the opportunity presented itself this year. Centerville wide receivers coach Brent Ullery become the Elks head coach which meant his old job was open.

Riley Poulton is a senior on the team this season playing wide receiver and defensive back and upon Ullery getting promoted his family reached out to Sam to let him know the job was open.

Sam immediately reached out to Ullery and it didn't take long to hire the former Super Bowl Champion.

The decision has paid huge dividends for the Elks.

Senior wide receiver Jake Spiewak is committed to Air Force and became the first 1,000 yard receiver in school history setting the single season record with 1,011 yards and counting.

Senior quarterback Alec Grandin is 29 yards shy of setting the school's single season passing record of 2,379 yards set by 2016 grad Jacob Harrison, who's currently a quarterback at Navy.

While Sam deflects credit saying the foundation was set and the talent was already there with a receiving corps that features Spiewak, Donnie Shelton, Trey King, JR Melzer and Poulton but the team tells a different story.

"He's been an instrumental part in that," Ullery said.

"He's really been able to maximize what we get out of our players."

When talking about Sam senior receiver Donnie Shelton lights up and said, "If we didn't have (Sam) I think we would be alright but we wouldn't be as good."

Centerville is 10-1 and set to face Pickerington North in the regional semi-finals in the playoffs.

The Elks have set numerous records and have won 10 or more games for only the 12th time in program history and Centerville has won only its 10th playoff game of all-time.

Sam says he plans on staying in the high school ranks until his kids who are 7 and 9 graduate from high school at which point he'll look to coach a higher level of football and if he's lucky maybe even coach one or both of his sons in college should the opportunity arise.

For now he's focused on his family and continuing to share his knowledge and experience with his players.

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