|Alma Mater:||Old Dominion|
Samantha Ficksman returns to the Monarchs for her third year as an assistant coach, under Head Coach Mitch Brindley.
Ficksman helped the Monarchs win the Women's Intersectional during her sophomore year. She received the All-Star Crew, All-American and ICYRA Sportsman of the Year awards during her collegiate days.
Samantha is in the third year with the Monarchs after spending the 2003 summer as a sailing instructor at the J. World Sailing School in Annapolis, MD. She is a certified sailing instructor and Coast Guard captain. Samantha previously piloted various boats around the nation for both commercial and private interests.
Sam continues to enjoy sailing competitively. In 2005 she focused on J22's. Sailing with Team DPP they finished top five in three of the six events they sailed together withSam on the foredeck. She finished the season competing in the Rolex International Women's Keelboat championship where her team finished eighth out of 42 boats.
Samantha graduated from ODU with a degree in Recreation & leisure studies in 1996 and currently resides in Norfolk.