Head volleyball coach discussed the fourth weekend of conference play
Campbell pegs blocking as a weakness to improve on
Volleyball is off to a 2-1 start in the ACC
The Eagles move to 2-1 in ACC play; face Duke, Miami next
Campbell and his squad will return to Power Gym for their first home match in over a month
Chris Campbell enters his fifth year at the helm of the Eagles volleyball program in 2014. The program leader carries 15 years of coaching experience, including 12 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.
Despite a tough 9-23 overall and 1-19 ACC team record in 2013, Campbell guided several of his players through fantastic individual seasons. Katty Workman continued to excel on the court for the Eagles, finishing her sophomore campaign ranked fourth in the ACC and fourth all-time at BC in single season kills with 438. Workman now holds the record in kills for the freshman and sophomore class. Aside from Workman, Courtney Castle improved to fourth all-time in career double-doubles with 27 and Melissa McTighe finished her final season with 293 block assists bringing her to second all-time in this category. Other notable performances came from setter Kellie Barnum, who increased her total career assists to 2,540 and libero Madisen Lydon who registered 422 digs on the season, breaking Franny Hock's freshman record of 381. Workman was also named to the All-ACC Academic team.
During the 2012 season 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 efforts 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.
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 University of Mississippi 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.
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, 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 - Present Boston College (Head Coach)
2009 Auburn University (Assoc. 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)
Harvey Station, New Brunswick, Canada
B.S. Physics, McGill University, 1995
B.A. Secondary Education, University of British Columbia, 1997
Division I Head Coaching Year-by-Year Records: