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Sam Garnes
Special Teams Assistant
College:
Cincinnati
Experience:
1

Bio

Coaching
Sam Garnes makes his NFL coaching debut in 2010 as the Panthers' special teams and strength and conditioning assistant, where he works closely with special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers and strength and conditioning coach Jerry Simmons. He previously spent five seasons in a variety of coaching positions following a seven-year NFL playing career.

Garnes comes to Carolina after serving as a defensive assistant for the Las Vegas Locomotives of the UFL last year and helping them win the league's first championship. Prior to that, he twice participated in the NFL's Minority Internship Program - first with the Panthers during training camp in 2007 and then with the New Orleans Saints during training camp in 2008.

He made his foray into professional coaching in NFL Europe in 2006, overseeing the secondary for the Cologne Centurions - who led the league in pass defense and interceptions under his direction. In 2005, Garnes coached at Emerson (N.J.) High School.

Playing and Personal
Drafted in the fifth round by the New York Giants in 1997, Garnes played safety for five seasons for then-defensive coordinator and current Panthers head coach John Fox before spending two years with the New York Jets. He started 105-of-106 games and totaled 577 tackles, three sacks, 10 interceptions, 41 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

A three-time first-team All-Conference USA and All-Liberty Bowl Alliance choice at Cincinnati, Garnes finished his career ranked among the Bearcats' all-time leaders in tackles and interceptions and graduated with a degree in criminal justice. He attended DeWitt Clinton HS in the Bronx, N.Y.

History
Safety Cincinnati 1992-96. Pro safety: New York Giants 1997-2001, New York Jets 2002-03. Pro coach: Cologne Centurions (NFL Europe) 2006, Las Vegas Locomotives (UFL) 2009, joined Panthers in 2010.

Coaching
Sam Garnes makes his NFL coaching debut in 2010 as the Panthers' special teams and strength and conditioning assistant, where he works closely with special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers and strength and conditioning coach Jerry Simmons. He previously spent five seasons in a variety of coaching positions following a seven-year NFL playing career.

Garnes comes to Carolina after serving as a defensive assistant for the Las Vegas Locomotives of the UFL last year and helping them win the league's first championship. Prior to that, he twice participated in the NFL's Minority Internship Program - first with the Panthers during training camp in 2007 and then with the New Orleans Saints during training camp in 2008.

He made his foray into professional coaching in NFL Europe in 2006, overseeing the secondary for the Cologne Centurions - who led the league in pass defense and interceptions under his direction. In 2005, Garnes coached at Emerson (N.J.) High School.

Playing and Personal
Drafted in the fifth round by the New York Giants in 1997, Garnes played safety for five seasons for then-defensive coordinator and current Panthers head coach John Fox before spending two years with the New York Jets. He started 105-of-106 games and totaled 577 tackles, three sacks, 10 interceptions, 41 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

A three-time first-team All-Conference USA and All-Liberty Bowl Alliance choice at Cincinnati, Garnes finished his career ranked among the Bearcats' all-time leaders in tackles and interceptions and graduated with a degree in criminal justice. He attended DeWitt Clinton HS in the Bronx, N.Y.

History
Safety Cincinnati 1992-96. Pro safety: New York Giants 1997-2001, New York Jets 2002-03. Pro coach: Cologne Centurions (NFL Europe) 2006, Las Vegas Locomotives (UFL) 2009, joined Panthers in 2010.

 

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Photos

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    Cleveland Browns' Brian Hoyer (6) is sacked by Carolina Panthers' Kawann Short (99) in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. The Panthers won 17-13. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
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    Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton (1) pats Jonathan Stewart (28) on the head in the closing minute of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. The Panthers won 17-13. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
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    Carolina Panthers' Philly Brown, right, catches a pass as Cleveland Browns' Pierre Desir, left, defends in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
  • Browns Panthers Football Josh Norman, Travis Benjamin

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    Carolina Panthers' Josh Norman (24) intercepts a pass intended for Cleveland Browns' Travis Benjamin (11) in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
  • Browns Panthers Football Cam Newton

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    Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton (1) gives high-fives to fans after an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. The Panthers won 17-13. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)