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Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Arkansas
Graduating Year: 2008
Experience: 2 Years
Phone: 479-422-8693
Email: scortez@uark.edu
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Sam Cortez
Courtesy: Robby Edwards, Athletic Media Relations
ABOUT SAM CORTEZ
Alma Mater:  Arkansas, 2008 (B.A.)
Arkansas, 2011 (M.S.)
9th season at Arkans
Nine NCAA Regional Appearances
Seven NCAA Championship Appearances
Two NCAA Super Six Appearances
Five Top Ten Finishes
Two NCAA Reginal Titles
No. 1 National Team Ranking
One SEC Regular-Season Co-Championship

AT ARKANSAS (Assistant Coach, 2012-present)
2 NCAA Regional Appearances, 2012-13
2 NCAA Champ. Appearances,  2012-13
1 NCAA Super Six Appearances, ‘12
2 NCAA individual qualifiers
5 All-America selections
6 NCAA Regional champions
3 All-SEC selections
No. 1 National Team Ranking, 2012

Director of Operations
Arkansas, 2009-11

Razorback Gymnast, 2005-08
4 NCAA Regional Appearences
First 2 NCAA Championship Appeareances in              Program History (2006, 2008)
Samantha Cortez Leaddership Award Created in Her Honor
3-Time Member of SEC Academic Honor Roll
NACGC/W Scholar Honors (2008)


Samantha Cortez began her coaching career in grand style in 2012. The former Razorback helped guide Arkansas to one of the best seasons in school history as the Razorbacks earned a spot in the Super Six for the second time in four years, finished sixth in the nation, reached the NCAA Championship for the fifth straight year and the sixth time in seven years, and made its ninth straight appearance in the NCAA postseason.

Arkansas earned its first No. 1 national ranking in program history, and had individuals ranked No. 1 for the first time on bars, floor and in the all-around.

Cortez works primarily with the floor team, and she helped Jaime Pisani earned a No. 1 national ranking for eight rankings periods. Pisani and Katherine Grable combined to win 12 individual floor titles.

Cortez coached Pisani to first-team All-America honors on floor, as well as Stephani Canizaro and Bailee Zumwalde to their first All-America honors - both second team on floor. Cortez also helped Pisani finish ninth in the nation on floor in the individual event finals and third in the all-around.

A native of Verona, N.J., Cortez competed for the Razorbacks from 2005-08 and spent the 2009-11 seasons as Arkansas' director of operations. As assistant coach, she is involved in recruiting, coaching and choreographing routines for the Razorbacks.

After earning her bachelor's degree in psychology in 2008, she went on to receive her master's in clinical mental health counseling. During this time, she served as Arkansas' director of operations. In that role, she handled day-to-day office management, coordination of meet officials and meet management, scheduled pre- and post-meet entertainment, coordinated team entries and assisted with scoring, and assisted with team building activities.

She also coordinated team meals, team ticket requests, assisted with on-campus recruiting, created choreography for private club gymnasts, administered summer camp registration, and coordinated the organization of counselors and participants.

As a student-athlete, she helped Arkansas earn four bids to an NCAA Regional with the program's first two NCAA Championship appearances in 2006 and 2008.

She still holds spots in Arkansas' all-time top scores of 9.925 on vault, which ties for seventh, and 9.925 on floor, which ties for 17th.

A three-time Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll selection, she was named to the National Association for Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches for Women all-scholar team in 2008.

Following her senior season, a team award, the Samantha Cortez Leadership Award, was created in her honor. It was also awarded to Amy DeFilippo, Casey Jo Magee and Sarah Nagashima in 2010, and Pisani in 2011.

Cortez helped the Razorbacks finish with final national rankings of No. 15 in 2005, No. 12 in 2006, No. 13 in 2007 and No. 10 in 2008 for the first top 10 finish in program history.

As director of operations, she was part of a staff which led Arkansas to the Super Six for the first time in 2009. Arkansas finished fifth in the nation after winning the NCAA South Central Regional.

Arkansas finished tied for ninth in the nation in 2011 after winning the NCAA North Central Regional. Arkansas tied for fourth in the NCAA Session I Semifinal, missing the Super Six by one spot for the third-best finish in program history. Along the way, Arkansas beat No. 1 Florida twice, beat No. 4 Georgia for the first time when the Gym'Dogs were ranked No. 4, tied for the SEC regular-season championship and recorded 11 wins over teams ranked in the top 25.

Cortez has been with the Razorbacks for all six trips to the NCAA Championship and for eight of the nine appearances in an NCAA Regional.


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