Sam Doak

Senior Instructor

Sam Doak began teaching in the Agricultural Technology Program in 2000 while working as a research associate at Virginia Tech on Virginia Department of Transportation projects. He became a full-time instructor in 2005 and teaches Fundamentals of Turfgrass, Golf and Sports Turf Management, Turfgrass Capstone Project, Soils and Nutrient Management, Irrigation and Drainage, several experiential courses with the Virginia Tech athletics department, and Golf Rules and Design.

Sam graduated from Old Dominion University with a business degree and earned a master's degree from Virginia Tech. He has lectured in Canada, the United Kingdom, and along the mid-Atlantic. Sam’s industry experience is extensive, including jobs in construction and sales, and positions as a chief agronomist and as a national marketing manager. These experiences bring a “real-world” approach to his passion: teaching.

Sam is active in the turfgrass industry in Virginia as a member of the Virginia Turfgrass Council, board member of the Virginia Sports Turf Managers Association, and member of NACTA, STMA, and GCSAA. Sam, who played and coached soccer and college rugby for some 25 years and was a NCAA soccer and lacrosse referee for more than 30 years, remains active with the local soccer community — any excuse to stomp around on an athletic field.