Secondary Principal/Athletic Director
Mr. Samford is a 1980 graduate of Lee Academy. He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Auburn University and his Master’s Degree in secondary education from the University of Alabama. After graduating from Auburn, Mr. Samford spent time in Washington, D.C., working as an intern to Senator Howell Heflin and a legislative aide to Congressman Bill Nichols. Beginning in 1985, he taught and coached at Pickens Academy and Morgan Academy. During these years, his football, basketball and baseball teams won a total of 13 area championships, made 9 Final Four appearances and won 7 state championships. Mr. Samford was selected to coach numerous All-Star teams and was named coach of the year a number of times. Following two years as an AP instructor and football/baseball coach at Auburn High School, Mr. Samford returned to his alma mater in 1995 to serve as secondary school principal and began serving as athletic director the following year. During his 17 year tenure, Lee-Scott’s athletic program has grown to include 27 teams in 10 different sports. Those teams have won 49 state championships in 8 different sports and competed for many more. Under his direction, Lee-Scott was honored in 2009, 2011 and 2012 with the AISA Chairman’s Award. LSA was runner-up in 2010. This recognizes the top 3A athletic program.
Mr. Samford currently serves on the AISA State Athletic Committee and is the Athletic Coordinator for all District VI schools. Bobby is married to Joy - they have three children: Amanda (18), Chase (17) and Clay (14). The Samfords serve at Trinity United Methodist Church in Opelika where Bobby teaches Sunday School and Joy serves as Contemporary Worship Leader.