Sam Shade was named assistant special teams coach on Feb. 7, 2018. He has coached on the college and high school level for 13 years following an eight-year NFL playing career as a defensive back.
Shade spent 2017 coaching the cornerbacks at Georgia State following an eight year (2009-16) stint at Samford. He began his Samford tenure as the secondary coach and was promoted to special teams and defensive pass game coordinator in 2014. During his time at Samford, the secondary produced three NFL draft picks in James Bradberry (second round), Jaquiski Tartt (second round) and Corey White (fifth round).