Mark Campbell is now in his 13th season as the head coach of the Lady Bulldogs. Campbell is coming off another trip to the NAIA championships game. Union finished runner-up in the NAIA last season, making Campbell's record in national title games now 4-1.
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. Union finished the 2010-11 season with a 35-2 record, including a 15-1 TranSouth record, winning the regular season and conference tournament titles. 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.
Over the past four seasons, Campbell has led his teams to a combined 143-6 record, including a historic 2007-08 season as they recorded the first perfect regular season in Union women's basketball history. The Lady Bulldogs finished with a perfect 29-0 regular season mark in 2007-08.
Campbell has 399 career wins to just 48 losses (.893). He is currently in second place on the all-time Union coaching wins list (current list: Blackstock-509, Campbell-399, Birmingham-198).
Campbell's .893 winning percentage ranks No. 1 among active NAIA women's basketball coaches with five or more years of coaching. He won his 400th career game on Nov. 1, 2011 in a win over Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.). 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 four NAIA National Titles (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010), 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.
Campbell continues the winning tradition of the Union program which has accumulated the second most wins of any women's basketball program (all levels NCAA and NAIA) over the last five years (UCONN 178, Union 173, Tennessee 160). Union ranks second over the last ten years among all levels of women's basketball with 340 wins (UCONN 342), second over last 15 years with 500 wins (UCONN 506). Since 1992, Union leads all levels of women's basketball with 656 wins.
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.
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.
After red-shirting his freshman season at Lipscomb University, 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 Lipscomb for career assists. Campbell helped guide the Bisons to five national tournament appearances, a 129-19 four-year record, and red-shirted on the team that set 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 former Union men’s head coach Ralph Turner for five seasons until being named the women’s basketball coach in 1999.
During his time as a head coach for the Union University Lady Bulldogs, he has proven to be much more than 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, daughter Ella, born on April 9, 2004, and son Kalyan, born February 16, 2009.
Kaitlin Dudley begins her second season on the coaching staff for Union University women’s basketball. Dudley’s coaching career is following one of the most sucessfull playing career in Union women’s basketball history.
Dudley became Union’s all-time leading scorer with 2,385 points . She was a four-time NAIA All-American, twice named to the national tournament all-tournament team, four time all-conference, was named TranSouth Player of the Year in 2010 and was named to the all-freshman team. Dudley ranked seventh all-time in NAIA National Tournament history with 291 points. She is listed in numerous top-10 lists in the Union record books. She is second in school history with 29 points in a half, third in school history with 324 career made 3’s and second with 148 career games play.
During her four years, Union won two national titles, advanced to four national tournament semifinals, won four TranSouth Regular Season title and three conference tournament titles.
Kayla Hudson enters her first season on the coaching staff for Union University. She follows a very successfull four-year career at Union.
Hudson started every game for Union during her four years at point guard and is Union’s all-time leader in games played with 149. Also also ranks No. 1 in Union history in career assists (784), assists in a season (257), career 3-point percentage (.445), season 3-point percentate (.500), career free throw percentage (.888), season free throw percentage (.949), consecutive free throw made (64), Hudson is second in Union history with 343 career 3’s made and 121 3’s made in a season. Hudson is a four-time NAIA All-American, twice named to the NAIA All-Tournament team, four-time TranSouth All-Conference, all-freshman team, and was the 2008 TranSouth Newcomer of the Year and Freshman of the Year.
During her four years, Union won two national titles, advanced to four national tournament semifinals, won four TranSouth Regular Season titles, and won three conference tournament titles.
Katie Woodruff is now in her ninth season with the Lady Bulldogs. She served as assistant coach for five seasons, before leaving to spend two years working with WinShape Camps in Atlanta, Georgia. She returned as assistant coach for the 2008-09 season.
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. 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. It is her desire to see each player grasp and become the person God intends them to be, as well as, use their gifts and abilities to make an eternal difference in the lives of others.
Woodruff is the daughter of Adela Kisch of Fayetteville, Ark. and the late Walter Ray Woodruff of Fayetteville, Ark.
Jarad Russell grew up in Boston, Mass. but now his family calls Charlotte, N.C. home. He has been working at Union University as an Assistant Resident Director since 2010.
Russell graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2009 with a degree in history. For three years he was the assistant coach for the women’s basketball at the university. Russell has also served as the head coach for Mabel Middle School in western North Carolina.
Russell is currently working on his masters degree in Liberal Arts from University of North Carolina Greensboro.