Friday, August 1, 2008

Campbell Named Head Coach

Now in his seventh season with the Georgia State program, Eric Campbell has been elevated to head coach for men’s and women’s track and field, Director of Athletics Mary McElroy announced.

Cross country head coaches John Rowland and Jessica Raby will continue to coach the men’s and women’s distance runners in the track programs.

In Campbell’s six years as an assistant coach, Georgia State student-athletes have earned 84 all-conference performances, 61 NCAA Regional qualifications, and two NCAA Championships appearances. He has helped the women’s track and field team to three top-three finishes at the conference meet in six seasons.

In 2008, Campbell coached the male and female Colonial Athletic Association Track and Field Scholar Athletes of the Year in Jacob English and Denice Vance. English was also named the Most Outstanding Field Performer at the 2008 CAA Championships as he captured the conference title in the triple jump and placed second in the CAA in the long jump.

On the women’s side, the Georgia State sprinters won CAA titles in the 400 meters (Nicole Davis) as well as the 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter relays, while Yolanda Berryhill claimed the conference title with a school-record throw in the discus. The Panther women earned a fourth-place finish in the CAA team standings in 2008, following a third-place showing the previous year.

Campbell coached nine student-athletes to NCAA Regional qualifying performances in a total of seven events in 2008.

“We’re very pleased to make Eric our head coach for men’s and women’s track and field,” said McElroy. “He has earned this opportunity through his outstanding work with our sprints and field events. We look forward to continued success and development for Georgia State track and field.”

Prior to coming to Georgia State, Campbell worked as a sprint consultant with the Quicksilver Track Club in Atlanta and also assisted with the track program at Benjamin Mays High School.

He holds a USA Track and Field Level II certification in sprints and hurdles and serves on the USATF Athletic Advisory Committee.

An Atlanta native, Campbell was a seven-time all-conference sprinter while competing at Howard University and Morris Brown. Eric is the older brother of Milton Campbell, a former world champion and world-record holder in the 4x400 meter relay who previously worked as an assistant coach at Georgia State.

Campbell, 33, and his wife, Tracie, have three daughters: Mariama, Olivia and Sophia.

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