coaching staff

Year-by-Year Coaching Win/Loss Records

Head Coach
Mark Campbell
Phone: 731-661-5344

Mark Campbell is now in his tenth season as the head coach of the Lady Bulldogs. Campbell is coming off his fourth straight trip to the NAIA Fab Four, including two NAIA National Titles in 2005 and 2006. The 2007-08 season was a historic one for the Lady Bulldogs program as they recorded the first perfect regular season in Union women's basketball history. The Lady Bulldogs finished with a perfect 29-0, and an 18-0 record in the TranSouth Conference. After wrapping up the TranSouth regular season title, Campbell also led his 2007-08 team to win the TranSouth Tournament Championship. This marked the tenth time Union has captured the TranSouth Regular Season title and the ninth TranSouth Tournament title in the 12-year history of the league.

Campbell has 291 wins to just 43 losses (.871). He is currently in second place on the all-time Union coaching wins list (current list: Blackstock-509, Campbell-291, Birmingham-198). Campbell's .871 winning percentage ranks No. 1 among active NAIA women's basketball coaches with five or more years of coaching.

In his career as Union’s head coach, Campbell’s teams have won two NAIA National Titles (2005, 2006), seven conference regular season titles, and six conference tournament titles. He has reached the 35-win plateau three times in his career, while the 35 wins ties the school record for wins in a season.

Campbell continues the winning tradition of the Union program which has accumulated the most wins of any women's basketball program (all levels NCAA and NAIA) over the last 5 years (Union 163, Tennessee 162, Oklahoma City 157, UCONN 152). Union ranks third over the last ten years among all levels of women's basketball with 322 wins, second over last 15 years with 484 wins, and since 1992, Union leads all levels of women's basketball with 484 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 points. 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 season.

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 women’s basketball coach in 1999.

Over his career as the head coach of Union women's basketball, Campbell has been named the TranSouth Coach of the Year four times (2001, 2002, 2007, 2008), NAIA Coach of the Year twice (2005, 2006), and NAIA WBCA Coach of the Year twice (2004, 2008). Campbell serves as 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 responsibility 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 challenges 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.

Assistant Coach
Katie Woodruff
Phone: 731-661-5171

Katie Woodruff is now in her sixth season with the Lady Bulldogs. She rejoins the Lady Bulldogs coaching staff after spending two years working with WinShape Camps in Atlanta, Georgia. Woodruff first came to 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 and 2006, she helped lead the Union Lady Bulldogs as they captured back-to-back NAIA National Championships.

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 third in all-time scoring at JBU with 1,642 points. Woodruff ranks second in free-throws made and steals, and third in career assists. 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 to contribute, not only because of her many years of experience, but due to her passion working with student athletes.

Woodruff is the daughter of Adela Kisch of Fayetteville, Ark. and the late Walter Ray Woodruff of Fayetteville, Ark.

Graduate Assistant Coach
Melissa Cook
Phone: 731-661-5575

Melissa Cook is in her first season as the graduate assistant coach for the Union University Lady Bulldogs.  Cook comes to Union from the very successful women's basketball program at Vanguard (Calif.) University.  She is a 2008 graduate of Vanguard with a degree in Liberal Studies, emphasis on Kinesiology.

During her career at Vanguard, she helped lead her team to four national tournaments, three semifinal appearances, and one NAIA National Championship in 2008.  She posted 1,300 points, 695 rebounds, and 297 career assists in her 122 career games.  Cook earned second team All-American honors as a senior, and was a two-time NAIA Scholar Athlete.

Cook was born on May 13 in Anaheim, California and is the daughter of Mitch and Barbara Cook  She has three siblings.  Cook most respects her parents because they have been amazing witnesses to her on how to live her life for Christ.

Student Assistant Coaches
Link to Student Assistant Page in Media Guide (PDF)
Joy Winn (Senior, Natchez, Miss.)
Chelsea Crook (Junior, Murray, Ky.)
Catherine Clement (Freshman, Jackson, Tenn.)
Lauren Jackson (Junior, Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
Sarah Hartz - Athletic Training Student (Senior, McKenzie, Tenn.)


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