Kia Sams is in her third year with UTEP coaching staff as a graduate assistant after concluding a stellar career with the Miners in 2005.
Sams played a crucial role in the Orange and Blue's ascent into a NCAA Central Regional power. She appeared in 69 games, starting 59, amassing 58 points on 17 goals and 24 assists. Upon the conclusion of her career, Sams ranked tied for seventh, ninth and second all time, respectively, in those categories.
Of the 24 assists, none would be more important than the helper on Leslie Platz's golden goal against Texas during the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2005. UTEP, which was making its initial appearance in the event, won the contest by a final count of 3-2.
On the play, Sams blew past the Longhorn defense and streaked alone down the right side before threading a perfect ball to Platz. Sams also assisted on Jami Tullius' goal in the 81st minute to cut the 2-0 deficit in half.
Sams graduated from UTEP in 2006 with a degree in kinesiology and a minor in business. She is currently pursuing her MBA.
Prior to her time in the Sun City, Sams was a two-year varsity standout at McCallum High School.
She is the daughter of Kirby and Karen Sams.