Sam Boghosian

Sam Boghosian (December 22, 1931 – February 26, 2020) was an American college and professional football coach. He played college football as a guard for the UCLA Bruins, and was later an assistant coach at his alma mater. Boghosian was a key member of the 1954 national championship team in his senior season and was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame.[1] As an offensive line coach, he won two Super Bowls with the Oakland / Los Angeles Raiders.

Sam Boghosian
Sam Boghosian - Southern Campus 1960.jpg
Boghosian as UCLA assistant coach (1960)
Biographical details
Born(1931-12-22)December 22, 1931
Fresno, California
DiedFebruary 26, 2020(2020-02-26) (aged 88)
Indian Wells, California
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1957–1964UCLA (assistant)
1965–1972Oregon State (OL)
1973–1974Oregon State (OC)
1975Houston Oilers (OL)
1976–1977Seattle Seahawks (OL)
1979–1987Oakland/L.A. Raiders (OL)
Accomplishments and honors
UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame
Two-time Super Bowl winner (XVXVIII)

Playing careerEdit

Born and raised in Fresno, California, Boghosian graduated from Fresno High School and played for head coach Red Sanders at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) from 1952 through 1954. He was a member of the 1953 Bruins team that won the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) title and went to the Rose Bowl. The following year's team went undefeated and was named FWAA and UPI national champions; the Bruins did not return to the Rose Bowl due to a no-repeat rule, enacted by the PCC several years earlier (after three straight losses by California).

Coaching careerEdit

Boghosian became a member of Sanders' coaching staff in 1957 and remained there through 1964 under Bill Barnes, then joined the staff of new head coach Dee Andros at Oregon State in Corvallis. In late 1965, he interviewed for the Oklahoma Sooners' head coaching job, but Jim Mackenzie was hired. Boghosian remained at OSU through 1974, when he joined the Houston Oilers coaching staff.[2] In 1976, he joined the expansion Seattle Seahawks as offensive line coach, but left coaching prior to the 1978 season to focus on business.[3]

Boghosian returned to coaching in 1979 as offensive line coach with the Oakland Raiders, and helped them to two Super Bowl wins (XVXVIII), the latter after the franchise moved to Los Angeles. He was offered the Oregon State head coaching job in late 1984, but declined.[2][4][5] The Raiders fell to 5–10 in 1987, his ninth year with the team, and he was one of five assistants let go.[6]


Boghosian was inducted into the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978,[7] and the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999.


  1. ^ "OSU football: Former assistant coach Sam Boghosian passes away | Football". Retrieved 2020-02-29.
  2. ^ a b "Sprts briefing". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. December 29, 1984. p. 12.
  3. ^ Van Sickel, Charlie (August 19, 1978). "Sights and seens". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). p. 11.
  4. ^ Cawood, Neil (December 29, 1984). "OSU's search finally ends". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 1B.
  5. ^ "Kragthorpe will coach Beavers". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. December 29, 1984. p. 16.
  6. ^ "Tansactions [sic]". The New York Times Company. January 30, 1988. Retrieved March 1, 2017 – via
  7. ^ "Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame | Home". Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame | Home. Retrieved February 2, 2017.