Sam Blackman is in his 29th year in the Clemson Athletic Communications Office as a full time employee. Prior to his tenure, he was a student assistant and graduate assistant for five years at the Clemson Sports Information Office.
Blackman is currently the department historian and issues credentials for football games as well as assisting with statistics at home events. During his time at Clemson, he has won various honors and awards from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Organization. His 1989 Women's Basketball Media Guide finished second in the nation. Also in that same year his Women's Tennis Media Guide finished first in the nation and the Men's Tennis Media Guide placed second nationally. In 2008, the Clemson Men's Tennis Media Guide was judged second best in the nation. The 2008 Men's Soccer Media Guide was selected as second best in the nation. In 2010, the Men's Tennis Media Guide was judged best in the nation. Many of his media guides have won regional honors. The 1998 Women's Tennis Guide won Best Cover in the nation.
In 1999 and again in 2013, Blackman co-authored a book entitled Clemson, Where the Tigers Play, a comprehensive history book on Clemson Athletics. He also has earned his Black Belt in Karate in the Goju-Ryu System and is currently working on second degree black belt.
Blackman, a native of Calhoun Falls, SC, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from Clemson University in 1985. He earned his Masters of Education degree in Guidance and Counseling, from Clemson in 1987. In 2007, he earned his second Master's degree in Human Resource Development from Clemson.
At Clemson, Blackman is a member of several honorary fraternities and organizations. He was selected to membership to Tiger Brotherhood, a Clemson University Honorary Service Fraternity, in 1984. He is also a member of the following societies: Kappa Delta Pi (National Education Honor Society), Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Honor Society), Phi Kappa Phi (National Honor Society), and Alpha Epsilon Lambda (National Graduate School Honor Society). In 2015, he was named president of the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame and has been with the organization for over 20 years.
Blackman is also a member of the Gideons International. He resides in Central, SC and is single.