Virginia football graduate assistant Gordie Sammis has accepted a full-time position on the coaching staff at Columbia, according to a press release issued Thursday by the Lions. Sammis will serve as Columbia’s tight ends coach and also will assist with the offensive line.

Sammis – a 2007 Virginia graduate who played as a guard for the Cavaliers from 2003 to 2007 – worked with the offensive line and tight ends while on Coach Mike London’s staff. At Columbia, Sammis will coach under Pete Mangurian, who was hired earlier this month.

“I have known Gordie Sammis since he was a player at the University of Virginia,” Mangurian said in a prepared statement. “I know how he was coached and the program he grew up in. He is a product of a system that will have strong similarities to our own. For the last two years, he has coached the tight ends and worked with the offensive line. Gordie has the kind of work ethic and attitude that will serve as a great example for our players.”

Sammis has been with the Cavaliers all week as they’ve prepared to face Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. He will coach from the press box, per usual, on Saturday.