#LoftyIdeals: Sam Goldman ’17

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Sam Goldman ’17 was blazing trails even before she graduated from Mercersburg.

Goldman was not the first female athlete to play for the school’s football team, but she was the first to score points in a varsity game—in 2014, as the Blue Storm’s placekicker. She kicked for Mercersburg for three seasons (and also won a state championship in basketball as a member of the Storm’s 2016 PAISAA title team).

Always a standout athlete, Goldman connected with the football program at the University of Miami before she enrolled there following her Mercersburg graduation. She worked with then-assistant coach Manny Diaz (who later spent three years as the head coach and is now the defensive coordinator at Penn State). First it was assisting with practice and during games (helping with practice drills, serving as a ball-runner on the opposing sideline during games—“It was interesting being around the dynamics of other teams,” Goldman says); her role then evolved into that of a student assistant to the head coach, allowing her to work different alumni events and with recruiting on game days. She even helped create and implement a football clinic for female fans of the Hurricanes.

Her work led to a connection with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, who share a stadium with their college neighbors. She attended the NFL Women’s Careers in Football Forum at the 2020 NFL Combine in Indianapolis, and, following graduation, began working for the Dolphins as a finance staff assistant (Goldman completed a master’s from Miami in December 2021).

“Finance is the foundation of everything you do as a business, but at the same time, I love being involved with a team,” says Goldman, who is working on team and sponsorship accounting and stadium events. “I want to give 110 percent in everything I do.”