Lawrence Sampleton was born in Waelder, Texas, but spent his formative years growing up in Seguin, Texas. After graduating from Seguin High School, he was awarded an athletic scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin where he played tight end for the Longhorns from 1978-1982 while pursuing a degree in communications.
In 1982, Lawrence was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the NFL draft. He finished his NFL career with the Miami Dolphins in 1987, and moved back to Austin to complete his degree and seek a new career path.
Lawrence received his Bachelor of Arts degree in health, recreation and sports management from St. Edward’s University in 1991. His passion for children has guided his career choices over the past 20 years. He has coached several sports, both boys and girls, at St. Michael’s Academy and has worked for St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin for the past 19 years. St. Stephen’s is a college preparatory boarding and day school that serves grades 6-12. He has worn many hats at St. Stephen’s over the years including Head Football Coach, Assistant Director of Admission and Dormitory Administrator. He is currently the Director of Admission and Financial Aid and travels the globe recruiting students to attend the school.
Lawrence currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Secondary School Admission Testing Board (SSAT), a national and international admissions test for independent schools. He has served on the Texas State Advisory Board for Athletic Trainers and is a former member of the Longhorn Foundation Advisory Council. As a community leader he is often asked to speak to young people all over the state to give testament to what hard work and dedication can do for them. Lawrence was inducted into the Seguin Sports hall of Fame in 2000.
Married for 22 years to his wife, Libbi, they have two children, Evan who is a high school senior and Maya who is a sixth grader.