Fundraiser for Sam and Phyllis Harnsongkram
Legendary high school wrestling coach Surachai “Coach Sam” Harnsongkram has positively influenced the lives and career outcomes of thousands of his former students and wrestlers. He is a treasure to all who know him, a man of faith, loyalty, and integrity.
Coach Sam was the wrestling coach and a P.E./Mathematics instructor at Jesuit High School from 1969 to 1998. A graduate of Stephen F. Austin University, Coach Sam led Jesuit to seven straight city wrestling championships, 18 state championships – including 11 in a row from 1988-98 – and nine state runner-up finishes. During that time, he coached 81 individual state champions (including five All-Americans) and was named Coach of the Year 14 times by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. Coach Sam was the Southern AAU/USA Wrestling chairman since 1969 and a USA National and FILA wrestling official. In 1975 he was presented a Certificate of Merit and Key to the City of New Orleans as well as being named an honorary Colonel on Governor Edwin Edwards’ staff. He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1996, the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Greater New Orleans sports Hall of Fame in 2000.
Coach Sam is in a moment of need. His wife, Phyllis, was diagnosed many years ago with early onset Parkinson’s. Sam is in a small community in Mississippi without much support, so he is the sole caretaker. At age 80, you can imagine the physical and mental toll this all takes.
A GoFundMe account to help support Coach Sam and his wife is near its initial goal of $45,000 but any thing you can do to help will go a long way. We at CCS are pleased to spread the word about this fundraiser and wish the best to Sam and Phyllis.