Mids to host 12-team Navy Invitational at the Wesley A. Brown Field House
Chris Campbell, a 1989 Academy graduate, is entering his eighth season as an assistant and the throws coach at Navy.
Campbell watching Navy throwers dominate during the 2013-14 season. Campbell guided Jay Stell to a First Team USTFCCCA All-America laurel by finishing third in the javelin at the NCAA Outdoor Championship. Stell also placed fourth at the NCAA's East Regional Championship, won the Patriot League title and set a new school record in the event. Stell became Campbell's second All-American and first since Duncavage in 2013 at Navy.
Campbell led the Navy throwers to a banner year in 2011-12. Campbell helped Zack Duncavage earn All-America Second-Team honors by placing 16th in the discus at the NCAA Outdoor Championship. Duncavage also placed seventh in the discus at the NCAA's East Regional Championship, won the Patriot League title and set a new school record in the event. Duncavage became Campbell's first All-American while at Navy.
Also in 2011-12, Miles Snelgrove won the javelin at the Patriot League Outdoor Championship, placed fifth at the IC4A Championship to earn All-East honors and claimed 18th-place at the NCAA's East Regional Championship. Chris Ricks also earned IC4A All-East honors in the hammer throw and Chris Boniwell won the Patriot League shot put title.
Campbell's throwers won the indoor league weight throw and the outdoor shot put during the 2010-11 season and freshman Zack Duncavage qualified for the NCAA East Regional in the discus.
In both 2008 and 2009, Navy throwers have earned Field-Athlete-of-the-Meet honors at the Patriot League Outdoor Championship, most recently with team captain and Academic All-American Mark Van Orden sweeping the conference's hammer and weight throw titles to earn the distinction in 2009. Van Orden won two league titles as a senior and was named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American First Team.
Campbell, himself, was a four-year letterwinner on the Midshipmen track & field team. A javelin thrower and former school record holder, he was elected team captain his senior year. Upon graduation, Campbell was assigned to the San Diego-based naval warship, USS COPELAND, which completed CARAT operations during Desert Storm and counter-narcotic operations off the coast of Central America in 1993.
Campbell completed his military obligation as an Operations Officer at Naval Station Annapolis and achieved the rank of Lieutenant before resigning from the Navy in 1995. While completing his military obligation, he served as a volunteer coach at Navy while completing an M.S. in Education at Johns Hopkins University.
Campbell's second coaching stop came at Ball State University, where he served as field events coach for the Cardinals program from 1996-99. During his tenure, Campbell directed student-athletes to NCAA qualifying marks in the hammer throw and high jump, four school records, and a Mid-American Conference hammer throw championship. In addition, he helped lead the 1998 Ball State women's squad to both the Indoor and Outdoor MAC team titles.
Following his three-year stint at Ball State, Campbell spent six seasons at Fresno State, including two as the associate head coach. There he mentored All-Americans in the decathlon, javelin and shot put, while helping the women's team to the 2005 California-Nevada Coaches Association Team Championship, and the Bulldog men to the same title in 2000. The women's squad also captured the WAC title in 2002, its first conference championship in 10 years.
Campbell also held the role of recruiting coordinator while at Fresno State, inking several blue-chip athletes, including the nation's top-ranked high school javelin thrower in 2003. Additionally, he served as Vice President of the California-Nevada Coaches Association and as Men's and Women's Development Chairperson for the Central Valley Chapter of USA Track and Field. While there, he also completed a Master of Arts in Kinesiology in 2003.
Prior to Navy, Campbell served as an assistant for the combined men's and women's program at Michigan State. Working primarily with the throwers and multi-event athletes, he tutored nine Spartans to 16 scoring positions at the Big Ten Championships, four NCAA regional qualifying marks, a pair of NCAA provisional marks in the women's pentathlon and heptathlon, and four school records. In addition to his coaching duties, Campbell served as assistant meet director for the 2006 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships and directed the 30-team Spartan Invitational.
Campbell has mentored a total of five NCAA All-Americans, seven junior national All-Americans, 45 NCAA regional and championships qualifiers, 24 conference champions, and four Olympic Trials participants.
Campbell has also completed USATF Coaching Education Schools through Level III and has been a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist since 1996.
Campbell and his wife, Julie, and son, Mark, reside in Annapolis.