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Campbell will add two outside hitters and a setter
Chris Campbell is in his sixth season at the helm of the Eagles volleyball program, having taken over the team in 2010.
As the Eagles' head coach, Campbell brings 16 years of coaching experience, including 13 as a head coach and three as an assistant, to The Heights. During his career, Campbell has rightly earned a reputation as one of the country's best in recruiting and player development. At each stop in his career, Campbell has developed the program into more successful teams.
No team was more representative of his coaching prowess than his 2014 BC squad, which had its best ACC conference mark in six seasons. With 11 wins and six ACC victories, the Eagles were tied for ninth in the conference marking their highest finish since 2006 (eighth). Two veteran players provided the base for the team's growth. Senior setter Kellie Barnum moved to second on the all-time assist list finishing her career with 3,510 career assists. Junior outside hitter Katty Workman broke the program's double-double record of 37, finishing the season with 41.
Despite a tough 9-23 overall and 1-19 ACC team record in 2013, Campbell guided several of his players through fantastic individual seasons. Workman finished her sophomore campaign ranked fourth in the ACC and fourth all-time at BC in single season kills with 438. Melissa McTighe finished her final season with 293 block assists, the second-highest total in the BC career record book. Freshman Madisen Lydon also registered 422 digs on the season, setting a new BC freshman record.
During the 2012 season, Workman led the conference with 4.04 kills per set and earned ACC All-Freshman Team accolades while setting BC's freshman record for kills (412) and picking up the conference's freshman of the week honors three times. Freshman libero Franny Hock set the program's freshman record for digs (381) while the Eagles reached their highest RPI (No. 156) since joining the ACC.
The 2011 campaign saw the Eagles claim three conference matches for the first time in four seasons and 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.
In his first year at Boston College, Campbell took major 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 conference, while Kristen Baader and Brennan Clark finished in eighth (4.10) and 10th (3.96) in digs, respectively. Krystle Higgins also set a career-high in block assists (79), the most by an Eagle in four years.
In addition to his work on the court, Campbell's Eagles are successful in the classroom. BC has earned eight berths on the All-ACC Academic Team, including three straight appearances by Workman.
Campbell arrived at BC after a two-year stop at Auburn. Initially serving as a positions coach for middle blockers, he was promoted to associated 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 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 MVP, Vesela Zapryanova.
Prior to Auburn, Campbell spent four seasons as head coach at Northern Arizona. Campbell arrived at NAU in 2003, serving as an assistant for one season before taking over the program and leading 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 earn 20 All-Big Sky academic 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 as the head coach 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, 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 in 1995 from McGill University, followed by a bachelor's in secondary education in 1997 from the University of British Columbia.
A native of Harvey Station, New Brunswick, Campbell and his wife, Fernanda, were married in January 2015.
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