In a periodic, yet totally random time frame, USM Athletic Communications Intern Brooke Cross (senior captain of the Huskies' softball team who drinks terribly milky iced coffees - added by her boss), interviews a student-athlete, coach or staff member to get the important questions answered, like, "What's your favorite holiday?" so you can learn more about your peers.
This edition features women's basketball coach and SAAC Advisor Samantha Allen. Allen is a 2018 recipient of the Maine Campus Compact Harward Award for Service Learning Engagement and a 2018 Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Thirty Under 30 selecton.
All time favorite song?
I would have to go with "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen. "The Boss" has been a part of our family for a long time, and whenever any of his songs come on the radio you better believe they are getting cranked up to max volume!
This one in particular is the favorite because I love it live, acoustic, original, you name it! Every time it plays, I stand a little taller and feel nothing but good vibes no matter the situation I am in. I recall a moment where the song played at a home game going into the four quarter during a particularly challenging moment last year (2017-18), and I count it amount the reasons we made a comeback and won the game.
How do you spend most of your free time?
I pay someone to haze me...kind of. I like to run and do fitness classes with a coach; some consider this hazing.
What is your dream job?
I'm livin' it :)
What's your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Certainly not every day or even every week, but my absolute favorite is Bayside American Cafe in Portland: Tuscany scramble with fruit, homemade toast, tea, and a cinnamon bun pancake (to share...maybe).
Do you have any siblings?
Yes, I have four younger brothers - all extremely talented in their own way :)
The oldest, Luke, can do pretty much anything; he learns by trial and error as he rebuilds engines, welds unique pieces of art, has no fear whatsoever with anything with a motor or anything remotely athletic, and is easily the best dad to my niece and nephew.
Ben is the most laid back person I've ever met; he blends in with any crowd like a chameleon. Much like Luke, he can do anything and he fears nothing. He's traveled all over the United States and has snowboarded pretty much every mountain, East or West coast.
Quinn has been "The Mayor" ever since his childhood -- he is one of the most well-connected people I know, goes out of his way to help others at all times, and is a stud golfer. I often ask him for advice with college officiating as he also dables in this area. He's always on the move looking for the next project or problem to solve.
The youngest, Todd, is very witty and I'm quite sure he has life balance figured out. He is one of the most naturally gifted athletes and as such, he is the biggest daredevil in the family - or he at least competes with Luke and Ben in this area. He has a strong understanding of finances, somehow manages to score tickets to every major sporting event in Boston, and he cares very deeply about his friends and family.
Besides basketball what other sports do you enjoy playing/have played in the past?
I've played soccer in a previous life mostly to be with friends and hit people. I wish I had played football back in the day, but I certainly enjoy watching it now. All in all, I made the right choice with soccer and basketball because at least in that decade it was ok to be physical on defense.
Now the sports I enjoy are running and lifting.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I can hit a drive like Happy Gilmore.
If you could be the best athlete in the world what sport would you chose to be best at?
I've always thought it would be cool to be the best at curling. I can see myself being in the lead position, having the first couple throws and sweeping like a champ to finish.
Currently, my lunges are not great, so doing this would improve that range of motion.
Do you have any nicknames?
My nephew struggled to say "Auntie Sam" early in his development so "Auntie HAM" stuck for a while. There are still a couple people who lovingly use the nickname from time to time.
How do you feel about pineapple on pizza?
I believe that pizza is a gift and a vehicle of happiness. If pineapple brings you joy, then it goes on the pizza. If it does not, don't waste your time or energy being negative about fruit on pizza.
If you could only eat one food item for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Lots of questions about food on here...I think what makes each of these food items so great is that you don't eat them every day, BUT, my sweet tooth would say Higgins High Tide ice scream in a waffle cone from the Dairy Corner (peanut butter ice cream with cookie dough and a caramel swirl)