|Title:||Defensive Tackles Coach|
The 2019 season will be the third for Ramel Samuel as an assistant coach at his alma mater. After working with the team’s defensive linemen the last two seasons, he will focus more specifically on the defensive tackles this fall.
Forester defensive linemen combined for 232 tackles in 2018 and Jordan McInerney was a First Team All-Midwest Conference South Division selection after leading the league in tackles for loss. Samuel has now helped direct three different players to all-conference honors. McInerney and others at the position tallied 41 tackles for loss, 15 sacks, eight forced fumbles, and three recoveries last season.
Samuel made more than 100 tackles as an interior defensive lineman during his four seasons on the team. He started eight games during the Foresters’ Midwest Conference championship season in 2012 and all 10 in each of his final two years. Samuel served as a team captain and was named First Team All-MWC South in 2014 and was selected to play in the Tazon de Estrellas (Game of the Stars) in Puebla, Mexico, after the season.
Active and successful off the field as well, Samuel earned Academic All-MWC honors, took on a leadership role in Lake Forest’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and volunteered in Relay for Life, Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association Sled Hockey, and Feed My Starving Children.
In addition to coaching, Samuel is also a sales ops account manager at Medline Industries in nearby Waukegan, Illinois.