Riley Barnacastle is a 2012 Samford graduate (one of Coach Pat Sullivan’s bulldog football players), currently on assignment as a school teacher with the U. S. Peace Corps in Jamaica.  He says that he lives in an area with “no running water, no garbage pick-up, no air-conditioning, and no mail delivery.”  In a recent note to Coach Sullivan, thanking him and the staff for the personal attention he received at Samford, Riley notes that he uses the universality of participation in athletics as a way to teach lessons to his students:  “respect for rules and laws, penalties and consequences, discipline and desire.” 

 It is for Coach Sullivan, in particular, that Riley offers these heart warming words:  “I can’t say that I would have been at Samford if it wasn’t for you, but I’m glad I can call it my school.  Some of my fondest memories and best friends were made there.  Even through two knee surgeries, it was all worth it and I’d do it again.  I love you, Coach.”

 The world is better because Riley Barnacastle learned his lessons well, now imparting them to students who need his help.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.