Sam Shade

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Samuel Richard Shade (born June 14, 1973) is a football coach and former player, currently the head coach of the Miles College Golden Bears football team. He played eight seasons in the NFL from 1995–2002 as a safety for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Washington Redskins. Shade played college football at the University of Alabama and was drafted in the fourth round of the 1995 NFL Draft.

Coaching career


Shade was the Special teams and defensive passing game coordinator at Samford, where he helped mentor current NFL defensive backs Corey White, Jaquiski Tartt, and James Bradberry.

Georgia State

On December 15, 2016, Shade was added to the staff at Georgia State as the cornerbacks coach.

Cleveland Browns

On February 7, 2018, it was announced that Shade had joined the Cleveland Browns' as an assistant special teams coach.

Pinson Valley High School

In February 2020, Pinson Valley High School named Shade as the replacement for Patrick Nix. In his first year as head coach, he helped bring the team back to a successful 12-2 season, including the state championship. He was named 2020 6A Coach of the Year.

Miles College

Shade was named the successor to Reginald Ruffin as head coach of the Miles Golden Bears in January 2022.

Preceded by:
Reginald Ruffin
Miles Golden Bears Head Football Coach
Succeeded by:


  • Moore, Ben (December 15, 2016) "Sam Shade Added to GSU staff per report." CBS Interactive
  • Staff (February 7, 2018) "Browns add Sam Shade to coaching staff."
  • Harris, Erik (December 9, 2020) "Shade named 6A Coach of the Year after championship run." Trussville Tribune
  • Crenshaw, Solomon Jr (January 29, 2022) "‘We don’t need a Deion:’ Miles College introduces Sam Shade as head football coach." The Birmingham News