Samson Kayode, who worked as a video coordinator and college scout for the NBA Detroit Pistons for two years and in a support staff role for several USA Basketball men’s teams between 2010 and 2013, began his position as assistant director, men's national team on Sept. 1, 2016.
His knowledge and hard work have not gone unnoticed. In 2020 Kayode was named to The Athletic’s 40 Under 40 Most Influential People in Men’s College Basketball.
Kayode assists the USA Basketball Men’s National Team in all facets, but his primary focus is on continuing to develop the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team program. He coordinates athletes and staff involved in men's junior team training camps, exhibition games and international competitions.
Prior to working for the Pistons, Kayode worked as a video intern for the Golden State Warriors for two years (2012-2014).
With USA Basketball, he served as support staff for the men’s 2010 USA U18 National Team, the 2011 U16 National Team, the 2012 U17 World Championship Team, the 2013 U16 National Team, the 2013 World University Games Team and the 2013 USA Select Team, which was comprised of NBA players.
While earning his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from New Mexico State University, he served as the men’s basketball video coordinator (2010-2012).
Obtaining his bachelor’s degree in physical education at Morgan State University in 2007, Kayode was a men’s basketball team manager from August 2005-2006, and a video coordinator who aided in the team’s operations from August 2006 to May 2009.