Big Dawgs Coach: Sam Smith

Sam Smith


  • Bachelors of Science in Communications with a Minor in Sports Psychology from the University of Southern California (2013)
  • OPEX CCP Level 1 Associate Coach (2016)
  • OPEX Education Instructor

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Sam Smith

A former professional golfer, his interest in movement led him to pursue further study in Physical Therapy. After five years in the clinic, Sam turned his attention to coaching competitive athletes, where is true passion lied.  

Sam enjoys coaching athletes who are seeking to compete in the Sport of Fitness at any level and writing programming that aligns with all aspects of the athlete’s life so that they can maximize their growth inside and outside of the gym. His favorite moments in coaching are when his athletes achieve things they never thought were possible.

After seven years in the profession, Sam now combines his love of coaching with his passion for learning as a Head Coach and Research & Development Assistant at Big Dawgs.

Get to know Coach Sam Smith in his recent Coaches Chats with CEO Jim Crowell.

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  • I had started my journey with OPEX prior to working with Sam, searching for a way to upgrade my coaching abilities to better serve my clients through their CCP program. I never considered their rem...

    Michael Van Bourgondien

    Owner Undivided Athletics

    Michael Van Bourgondien Big Dawgs
  • I've been working with Sam for a year now and can honestly say it’s the best decision I’ve ever made. Getting a coach who you trust to have your best interest in mind takes the weight off of you as...

    Samantha Burkhart
    Samantha Burkhart Big Dawgs
  • 4x Regional Athlete 1x Games Team Athlete Sam has been my coach for the last couple of years, starting with him in hopes to fix a gaping hole in my game: my aerobic system. Ever since working with...

    Chris Detmering

    4x Regional Athlete / Games Team Athlete

    Chris Detmering Big Dawgs

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