JACKSON, Tenn. - 11/2/2011 - Union University women’s basketball head coach Mark Campbell earned his 400th career win in his team’s season opening victory. The milestone victory came in a 79-62 win over Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) in the first game of his 13th season with Union.
Campbell started coaching at Union in 1999-2000 season. Twelve seasons and one game later, he has 400 wins to just 48 losses. His .893 winning percentage ranks No. 1 on the NAIA’s all-time coaching list for percentage. In his first season, he was a career low 28 games. However, in each season since, Campbell has won at least 30 games and has reached his high of 37 win in a national title year of 2009. He is averaging 33 wins per season over his career.
Campbell has won four NAIA National Titles (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010) in the past seven seasons and has also made seven straight trips to the NAIA semifinals. Campbell also led Union to an NAIA record with 48 consecutive No. 1 rankings in the national poll. From the preseason poll of 2007 through the final poll of 2011, Union was ranked No. 1 in the NAIA.
Campbell's .893 winning percentage ranks No. 1 among NAIA all-time women's basketball coaches with five or more years of coaching. In a win over Azusa Pacific (Calif.) on Nov. 22, 2008, Campbell notched his 300th career win. He recorded his 200th career win on Nov. 19, 2005 versus The Master's (Calif.), while earning his 100th career win over Philander Smith (Ark.) on Nov. 19, 2002.
In his career as Union’s head coach, Campbell’s teams have won 10 conference regular season titles and eight conference tournament titles. He has reached the 35-win plateau six times in his career and set a program record with 37 wins in 2008-09.
Over his career as the head coach of Union women's basketball, Campbell has been named the TranSouth Coach of the Year six times (2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), NAIA Coach of the Year four times (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010), NAIA WBCA Coach of the Year twice (2004, 2008), and the TSWA Coach of the Year four times (2005, 2009, 2010, 2011). Campbell serves as the national rater for the TranSouth Conference.
Campbell spent five seasons as a player for the Lipscomb Bison basketball team. He graduated from Lipscomb University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and from Union University in 1996 with a Masters degree in Education.
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