Beginning his coaching career at twenty-five in 1981 he has coached Novice, Atom AAA, Pee Wee AAA, Bantam AAA and D, Midget Major and C, P.A.H.S. and M.R.H.S. and Juvenile A. At the Provincial level Bill has served the Nova Scotia Hockey Association and the Program of Excellence as an assistant or Head coach of various Boys U17 and U16 and Senior Women’s teams as well as a Technical Course Instructor at the Initiation and Coach levels in the National Coaches of Canada Program. He has also instructed and assisted at numerous hockey schools, camps and clinics in the Valley and Metro areas.
As owner/operator of Fundy Ford Sales and Samwood Holdings Ltd, Bill has donated his expertise in many administrative capacities for hockey. He has served as President, Vice President, Development and Co-ordinator, and Director, both in Middleton and Western Valley.
Along with his notability in hockey and business circles Bill is even better known in Middleton for his own “Rink”. Beginning in 1989 with a 40 by 20 foot area it has grown, through countless hours of effort over two decades, to its present 200 by 100 foot Olympic sized dimensions! Equipped with lights, a tractor for snow clearing, the local arena’s old Zamboni, it now boasts Bill’s own “Samboni” or flooding unit!
He has twice been nominated as Volunteer of the Year. The youth of this area have been well served by Bill Sampson’s coaching, instructing, administering minor hockey and most importantly providing a first class venue for them to hone their skating and hockey skills.