Sam Craven joined the Boilermakers as a sports performance assistant in February of 2013. He works with cross country, track and field, volleyball, and women's basketball as his primary responsibilities, while also assisting with other sports.
Craven came to Purdue from North Carolina State University, where he served as an intern strength and conditioning coach. Previously, he was a graduate assistant at Ball State University (2010-12) and a sports performance intern at the University of Buffalo (2010). In addition, Craven was a performance specialist intern at Athletes' Performance in Los Angeles during the summer of 2011.
A 2010 graduate of the State University of New York at Brockport, Craven earned a bachelor's of science degree in exercise physiology and a minor in biology. He earned a master's of art degree in sports performance from Ball State in 2012.
Craven is a NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist and a USAW Level 1 sports performance coach, as well as a USA Track and Field Level 1 certified coach.