Sam Zurn

As Director of Learning, Sam leads the efforts to strengthen learning pathways within Doc Wayne (e.g. orientation, onboarding, professional learning) and develop cohorts of learning communities for clinicians and coaches who are conducting sport-based therapy. Through these efforts, he hopes to foster a culture of inquiry at Doc Wayne and grow the field of sport-based therapy.
Sam first joined Doc Wayne in 2019 as a Youth Coach and piloted two new programs focused on building social-emotional skills for K-8 youth. Later, as Training and Education Manager, he helped launch Doc Wayne’s external training program, The Champions Network®. Prior to Doc Wayne, Sam worked in youth development and outdoor education in Seattle, WA.
Sam studied psychology at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. He later received his Master’s in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he studied the social and cognitive factors that promote effective learning across a person’s lifespan. He’s passionate about creating learning experiences for adults and youth that are culturally responsive and interrogate systems of power and oppression.
Sam was a high school tennis captain and a collegiate ultimate frisbee player. These days, he plays in Boston-based LGBTQ+ flag football and dodgeball leagues.