Sam Oatman is the Director of XCEL Sports Ministries at Appleton Alliance Church. Sam was born and raised in Neenah, WI. He played college basketball for East Tennessee State University where he graduated with a B.S. in Speech Communication. He spent 3 seasons playing professional basketball for the Coventry Crusaders and working in sports ministry with the Crusader Foundation in Coventry, England. He spent 2 seasons as the Men’s SBL Head Basketball Coach for the Lakeside Lightning. He also served as Director of Development for the Lightning program which was owned and operated by Lakeside Baptist Church. He began attending and serving at AAC and in XCEL Sports in 2007 when he was invited to play in a basketball league.
Sam and his wife, Laura, have 3 children (Jalen, Tavis, and Marah). He enjoys spending time with family, meeting new people, and all things sports.
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