Among the top players in UC San Diego program history, Dalayna Sampton was added to the coaching staff as an assistant coach prior to the 2018-19 season. Sampton primarily works with the Triton post players, while also having a significant role in handling social media, community service outreach, scouting and recruiting.
Sampton had a remarkable two-year career with the Tritons after transferring from the University of Hawai'i. She was named California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Newcomer of the Year in her first season in La Jolla, before earning CCAA Player of the Year honors as a senior. In addition, Sampton received Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-America Honorable Mention, Division 2 Conference Commissioners Association (CCA) All-America Honorable Mention and D2CCA All-West Region First-Team accolades. She was also selected to the NCAA West Region All-Tournament Team as a senior and was one of 12 UC San Diego Athletes of the Year. In the 2017-18 season, Sampton averaged 14.6 points per game on 49.7 percent shooting from the field and ranked fifth in the nation in total rebounds (359) with 10.9 per contest. She scored a career-high 30 points with 11 rebounds in the final game of her UC San Diego career against Montana State Billings in the NCAA West Region semifinals.
A native of Vallejo, Sampton attended Florin High School in Sacramento and graduated in 2014.