Mark Campbell is now in his seventh season as
the head coach of the Lady Bulldogs. The 2004-05 season for Cambell was one for
the ages as he led the Union Lady Bulldogs to the NAIA National Championship.
This was Union second NAIA Title in the school’s history. Campbell was named the
NAIA National Coach of the Year for his efforts. Entering the 2005-06 season,
Campbell is just five wins shy of 200 career coaching wins, and needs just four
wins to move into second place on the Union women’s basketball all-time coaching
wins list. (current list: Blackstock-509, Birmingham-198, Campbell-195)
In his career as Union’s head coach,
Campbell’s teams have won, one NAIA National Title (2005), five conference
regular season titles, and have won four conference tournament titles. In the
2002-03 season, he led Union to their best regular season in school history with
30 wins before the post season tournaments. He has reached the 35-win plataeu
twice in his career, which ties the school record for wins.
Campbell spent five seasons as a player for
the Lipscomb Bison basketball team and graduated from Lipscomb University in
1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and from Union University in 1996 with a
Master of Education.
After red-shirting his freshman season at
Lipscomb, Campbell went on to excel in the basketball arena. Campbell currently
ranks 12th in all-time scoring at Lipscomb with 1,509 prints. The 724 assists he
accumulated during his career places him in the top five at David Lipscomb for
career assists. Campbell helped guide the Bisons to five national tournament
appearances, a 129-19 four-year record, and a national record of 41 wins in a
After college, Campbell joined Union’s men’s
basketball coaching staff as the graduate assistant in 1994 and then became the
full time assistant coach in 1996. He worked under the guidance of fellow
Lipscomb graduate and current Union men’s head coach Ralph Turner for five
seasons until being named the new women’s basketball coach in 1999.
Over the past six seasons as Union’s head
coach, Campbell has been named as the TranSouth Coach of the Year twice (2001,
2002), NAIA Coach of the Year once (2005), NAIA WBCA Coach of the Year once
(2004, and has an overall record coaching record of 195-30 (.867). Campbell
serves nationally on the NAIA All-American Committee and is the secretary for
the NAIA. He is also is the national rater for the TranSouth Conference.
During his time as a head coach for the Union
University Lady Bulldogs, he has proven to be much more that a great basketball
coach. "I believe my responsiblity to each of my players is to have a vision for
who they can be in every area of life, and communicate it to them in a way that
challanges them to pursue it."
Mark Campbell is married to the former Molly
Graves of Jackson. They are the proud parents of their son Gray, born on July
10, 2002 and daughter Ella, born on April 9, 2004.
Katie Woodruff is now in her fifth season with the Lady
Bulldogs. She joined the Lady Bulldog coaching staff in 2001 from Kansas City.
There, she worked for K-Life, Inc. a para church ministry with an emphasis on
discipleship to junior high and high school students. In 2005, she helped lead
the Union Lady Bulldogs as they captured the NAIA National Championship.
As a player at John Brown University in Arkansas, she was an
All-Conference performer on the court while participating in the Sooner Athletic
Conference with NAIA powerhouse teams such as Oklahoma City and Southern
Nazarene. She currently ranks second in all-time scoring at JBU with 1,642
points. Woodruff ranks first in free-throws made, second in steals, and third in
assists in a career. After graduating from John Brown University in 1996 with a
Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, Woodruff worked for one season as a
volunteer assistant coach at the College of the Ozarks. In 1998, Woodruff began
her graduate work at the University of Arkansas in recreation management. She
served as the program coordinator for Arkansas Athletes Outreach’s "Champions of
Character" program which taught public school children, as well as, Univ. of
Arkansas athletes character development training through school assemblies and
small group discipleship. In addition to her responsibilities at the university,
Woodruff taught physical education to children in kindergarten through fifth
grade at a local elementary school.
With extensive experience in the game of basketball as a player
and coach and the recipient of several honors, Woodruff believes she has all of
the qualifications necessary for this job, not only because of her many years of
experience, but due to her passion for working with student athletes.
Woodruff is the daughter of Adela Kisch of Fayetteville, Ark.
and Walter Ray Woodruff of Fayetteville, Ark.
Molly York enters her first season as a graduate assistant coach
for the Union Lady Bulldogs. This follows a successfull playing career for
Union, including being a member of the 2005 NAIA National Championship team as a
senior. York closed out her career by not only helping Union win the national
title, but also to set at new national tournament team record with 51
three-pointers made. York shot just under 50-percent (7-15) in the tournament.
York came to Union in 2002 when she transferred from Tennessee
Tech. She red-shirted during the 2002-03 season, before playing her final two
years for Union. In her career, York played in 71 games over her two-year
career, averaging 5.7 points and 2.6 rebounds. She also shot over 35-percent
(49-140) from behind the three point line in her career. York’s career high in
points came in a game versus Cumberland University back on January 10, 2004 when
she poured in 19 points.
York played her high school basketball at Wayne County where she
led her team to three state tournaments including a championship in her senior
year in 2001. She averaged 20 points and seven rebounds per game during her
junior and senior seasons and as a senior she blocked 45 shots and shot 59% from
the field. In her four-year career at Wayne County, York scored 2,227 points,
grabbed 780 rebounds, and shot 58% from the field and during her time at Wayne
County, her team never lost a home game as she helped post an overall record of
130-11. After high school, Molly signed with Tennessee Tech before transferring
to Union as a junior.