The Eagles take on the Hurricanes (Fri., 7 p.m.) and the Seminoles (Sun., 1 p.m.) this weekend
Chris Campbell enters his fourth year at the helm of the Eagles volleyball program in 2013. The program leader carries 14 years of coaching experience, including 11 as a head coach and three as an assistant. Over that period, Campbell has built a name for himself as one of the country's best in recruiting and player development.
In 2012, Campbell coached one of the ACC's premier newcomers, Katty Workman, who led the conference with 4.04 kills per set and earned ACC All-Freshman Team accolades. Workman set BC's freshman record for kills in a season with 412 total kills and garnered ACC Freshman of the Week honors on three different occasions. Campbell also guided freshman libero Franny Hock, who set the program's freshman record for digs in a season with 381 total digs, and sophomore setter Kellie Barnum, who finished seventh in the ACC with 8.21 assists per set. Campbell's work saw the Eagles reach their highest RPI (No. 156) since joining the ACC and helped the program welcome more fans (2,869) through the entrances of Power Gym than ever before.
The 2011 campaign saw the Eagles claim three conference matches for the first time in four seasons. Several players also emerged as ACC leaders. Brennan Clark produced the second highest digs per set average in the league (5.21) and concluded her career with 1,831 digs, 10th most all-time in the ACC. Kellie Barnum and Courtney Castle received Boston College's first ACC Freshman of the Week honors in October. The rookie tandem ranked 10th in assists per set (7.86) and fourth in aces per game (0.30), respectively. That year, Barnum and Tsvetelina Dureva were named to the ACC All-Academic Team for their effort on the court and in the classroom.
In his first year at Boston College, Campbell took long strides to elevate the volleyball program at The Heights. The Eagles finished with a 9-24 overall record, but many players enjoyed their most successful seasons since coming to BC. Dureva tallied the sixth best kills per game (3.36) average in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while Kristen Baader and Brennan Clark finished in eighth (4.10) and 10th (3.96) in digs, respectively. For the first time in their careers, Clark and Dureva posted numerous double-doubles. Krystle Higgins also set a career-high in block assists (79), the most by an Eagle in four years. With that production, Campbell had the squad rewriting the BC record book. Baader and Dureva were also named to the 2010 All-ACC Academic Team.
Campbell came to the BC community after a two year stop at Auburn University. Initially serving as a positions coach for middle blockers, he was promoted to the role of Associate Head Coach after just one season. With added titles of defensive and recruiting coordinator, Campbell brought new life to the Auburn volleyball program. His first recruiting class featured the No. 34 and No. 93 nationally ranked high school seniors (Katherine Culwell and MacKenzy Harper) and included Sarah Bullock, who was later named to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Team. Campbell also used his international prowess to sign six-time Bulgarian national high school champion and 2006 club championship Most Valuable Player Vesela Zapryanova.
As defensive coordinator, Campbell designed and implemented a new defensive scheme for the Tigers. With the defense under his reigns, notable differences were seen in the program's blocking, digs per game and opponents' hitting percentage. Auburn's middle blockers improved over 100 points in hitting percentage from the previous season and the school drew national attention under Campbell's new system. The program received its first regional ranking in over a decade, being ranked as high as No. 60 in the national RPI (Ratings Percentage Index). The team climbed from last place in 2008 to fifth in the Southeastern Conference the following year.
Prior to Auburn, Campbell spent four seasons as head coach at Northern Arizona University. Campbell arrived at NAU in 2003, serving as an assistant for one season before taking over the program. He led the Lumberjacks to the Big Sky Conference tournament in his first season. Three years later, NAU returned to the tournament behind the nation's leader in kills per game, Kim Babcock. While in Flagstaff, Campbell had 20 student-athletes earn 36 Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete awards and 11 student-athletes merit 20 academic All-Big Sky Conference honors.
Campbell came to NAU from the Mississippi University for Women, where he spent one season as head coach. Before that, he spent three seasons directing the volleyball program at Louisiana-Lafayette. Campbell led the Ragin Cajuns to a No. 9 ranking in the NCAA South Region in 2001 and two second-place finishes in the Sun Belt Conference West Division.
The new coach of the Eagles continues to develop players into professional and international level talent. Campbell mentored Alyssa Davis to her best season ever at Auburn, where she finished in the top ten in the SEC in hitting percentage and was named to the 2010 U.S. Junior National Team. He also coached Jessica Glover, a former Tiger, who continued her volleyball career as a professional in Switzerland, and Kelly Verboom, a former Golden Eagle, who also is pursuing a career in Germany, Sweden and France. In 2009, a Cajun protégé of Campbell's, Priscilla Lima, was named the AVP's Most Improved Player after reaching one final and taking four third-place finishes on the Association of Volleyball Professional's (AVP) beach volleyball circuit. In June of 2010, Lima was ranked No. 7 by the AVP.
A former player himself, Campbell was a captain for Canadian Division I level programs McGill University and the University of British Columbia (UBC). During his final season at UBC, he led his team to a No. 7 national ranking.
Campbell has earned two bachelor's degrees. The first in physics from McGill University in Montreal, Canada in 1995, followed by a bachelor's in secondary education from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in 1997. He is a native of Harvey Station, New Brunswick, Canada.
The Campbell File: 2010 - pres. - Boston College (Head Coach) 2009 - Auburn University (Assc. Head Coach/Defensive Coor./Recruiting Coor.) 2008 - Auburn University (Asst. Coach - Middle Blockers) 2004-07 - University of Northern Arizona (Head Coach) 2003 - University of Northern Arizona (Asst. Coach) 2002 - Mississippi University for Women (Div. II) (Head coach) 1999-2001 - University of Louisiana-Lafayette (Head coach)
Education: B.S. Physics, McGill University, 1995 B.A. Secondary Education, University of British Columbia, 1997