Campbell Athletics Highlights

2009-10

Facilities Improvements

Construction on the Belk Track was completed. Plans were announced in December for improvements at Taylor Field to construct a stadium with permanent seating for nearly 2,000 spectators. In addition, new storage facilities were added at Taylor Field and the Eakes Athletic Complex.

All-Academic Teams

Campbell University athletes were recognized 171 times for earning conference all-academic team honors during the 2009-10 academic year. CU athletes earned Atlantic Sun Conference all-academic recognition 128 times, while nine swimmers were honored by the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association and 34 Campbell student-athletes were recognized by the Pioneer Football League.

Community Service

Campbell student-athletes completed more than 3,550 community service hours in and around the Buies Creek community during the 2009-10 academic year.

Campbell to rejoin Big South Conference in 2011-12

Campbell University will join the Big South Conference effective July 1, 2011. The announcement was made by Board of Trustees chairman Bob Barker at a press conference Thursday, May 14, 2009 in the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center. Campbell will be immediately eligible for all championships beginning in the fall of 2011. A charter member of the Big South, which formed in 1983 and began play one year later, Campbell joined the Atlantic Sun Conference in 1994 and will remain in the league for two more seasons. The Fighting Camels will return to the Big South as a full member, competing in 17 of the 18 sports offered by the league. Campbell will remain a member of the Pioneer Football League as well as the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association and as a Division I independent in wrestling. Current Big South Conference membership includes five private institutions and five state schools, all of which are located in Virginia (3), North Carolina (3) and South Carolina (4). Round trip travel to all Big South schools is 4122 miles, a difference of 5038 fewer miles than travel to and from current Atlantic Sun Conference institutions.

Atlantic Sun Conference All-Sports Race Totals

Campbell finished second in the Jesse Fletcher Trophy men's all-sports standings for the 2009-10 academic year. CU placed third in the Bill Bibb Trophy (combined men's and women's) standings, while finishing fifth in the Sherman Day (women's) Trophy rankings. In the Jesse Fletcher and Sherman Day trophy standings, points are awarded on a descending basis in three-point increments. Points given are related to the number of teams participating in each sport. In team sports, points are awarded based on regular season finish. For individual sports (cross country, tennis, golf, track & field) points are awarded based on the A-Sun Championship standings. In the event of ties points are split between the schools involved. Campbell won the A-Sun regular season championship in both men's soccer and men's basketball.

Notable 2009-10 Fighting Camel Highlights

Men's Soccer... Won A-Sun regular season championship

Men's Basketball... Won A-Sun regular season championship... set school Division I era (since 1977-78) record for regular season (19) and conference (14) victories.

Women's Golf... earned an at-large berth to NCAA Regional competition for the 14th time in the last 18 years.

Men's Track & Field... Adoniss Jones qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 110 meter hurdles. Jones, Diego Lawrence and Harold Sims represented Campbell at the NCAA East Regional Championships.

Wrestling... Parker Burns won the 197-pound weight class at the NCAA East Region Championships to qualify for the NCAA Championships.

Diana Nordin (women's cross country / track & field) was named second-team Academic All-America® by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

In its second year in the 3095-seat John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center / Gilbert Craig Gore Arena, Campbell set all-time attendance average record for men's basketball (1983) for the second-straight season.

Campbell led the Pioneer Football League and ranked 13th nationally in rushing.

Charles Fiore (football), Tara Franklin (women's cross country/track), Josh Holskey (baseball), Diana Norden (women's cross country/track) and Mike Stryffeler (football) were named Academic All-District by CoSIDA , marking the 16th-straight year at least one Campbell athlete has earned that honor.

Vince Petrasso (men's soccer) was named 2009 Atlantic Sun Conference player of the year.

Doug Hess (men's soccer) and Robbie Laing (men's basketball) were named Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year.

Robert Brunson was named Outstanding Field Athlete at the 2010 A-Sun Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Junard Hartley (men's basketball) was named Atlantic Sun Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

Baseball... For the third-straight season, the Fighting Camels surpassed their overall wins total of the previous year. CU ranked among the nation's top 20 schools in seven offensive categories.

2008-09

Campbell University Athletics enjoyed another outstanding year in 2008-09. Three teams – men's golf, men's soccer and softball – won Atlantic Sun Conference championships. Campbell advanced to NCAA post-season play in men's golf, softball and men's and women's track & field. The men's soccer team was ranked 25th in the nation in the final Soccer America poll.

Facility Improvements

The $30 million John W. Pope Convocation Center / Gilbert Craig Gore Arena opened in September 2008 and serves as home to Campbell University volleyball, basketball and wrestling. Barker-Lane Stadium opened on Aug. 30, 2008 to a greater than capacity crowd of 5825 that witnessed Campbell's first football game since 1950. The East stands, concessions area and restrooms were completed, while the West side grandstand and press box remains to be completed. Improvements were also made at the CU Soccer Stadium and Softball Field as well as Taylor Field (baseball).

All-Academic Performers

During 2008-09, Campbell student-athletes were honored 154 times on all-academic teams by the Atlantic Sun Conference, Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association and Pioneer Football League.

Camel Men Runner-Up in A-Sun All-Sports Race

Campbell finished second in the Jesse Fletcher Trophy men's all-sports standings for the 2008-09 academic year, while the Camels place third in the Bill Bibb Trophy standings for overall men's and women's athletics excellence in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Community Service: Campbell student-athletes completed more than 4,837 community service hours in and around the Buies Creek community during the 2008-09 academic year.

Campbell to rejoin Big South Conference in 2011-12

Campbell University will join the Big South Conference effective July 1, 2011. The announcement was made by Board of Trustees chairman Bob Barker at a press conference Thursday, May 14 in the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center. A charter member of the Big South, which formed in 1983 and began play one year later, Campbell joined the Atlantic Sun Conference in 1994 and will remain in the league for two more seasons.

Notable 2008-09 Camel Highlights

Campbell hosted its first football game in front of 5825 fans at Barker-Lane Stadium. In its first year of football competition since 1950, Campbell ranked third among Pioneer League members in home attendance.

In its first year in the 3095-seat John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center / Gilbert Craig Gore Arena, Campbell set all-time attendance average records for men's (1619) and women's (996) basketball.

Karlie Love (softball) was named Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors of America, the 15th time since 1988 that a Camel athlete has been so honored. Charles Fiore (football), Diana Norden (women's cross country/track & field), Austin Skakle (men's soccer) and Love were named Academic All-District by CoSIDA , marking the 15th-straight year at least one Campbell athlete has earned that honor.

Richard Jata (men's soccer) was named second-team All-America, Atlantic Sun Conference player of the year and was selected by the Chicago Fire in the fourth round of the Major League Soccer (MLS) Super Draft.

Doug Hess (men's soccer) and Drew Peterson (softball) were named Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year.

Harold Sims was named Outstanding Athlete at the A-Sun Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Aaron Johnson (men's soccer) was named Atlantic Sun Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

Lorne Merthie (men's basketball) was named Atlantic Sun Conference Freshman of the Year.

Brittany Stanley (softball) was named All-Southeast Region, Atlantic Sun Conference Pitcher of the Year and A-Sun Championship tournament MVP.

Ryan Hamme was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 31st round of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft.

2007-08

Campbell University Athletics enjoyed another outstanding year in 2007-08. Two teams – men's soccer and softball – won Atlantic Sun Conference tournament championships and advanced to NCAA post-season play.

Facility Improvements

Progress continued on the $30 million John W. Pope Convocation Center with the opening of the facility scheduled for the fall of 2008. Construction on the CU Football field house was completed as well as the first stage of the CU Football Stadium in preparation for the team's 2008 opener on Aug. 30. Improvements were also made at the CU Soccer Stadium and Softball Field.

All-Academic Performers

During 2007-08, Campbell student-athletes were honored 158 times on all-academic teams by the Atlantic Sun Conference, Colonial Athletic Association and Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association.

Camel Men Runner-Up in All-Sports Race

Campbell finished second in the Jesse Fletcher Trophy men's all-sports standings for the 2007-08 academic year.

Community Service

Campbell student-athletes completed more than 2,500 community service hours in and around the Buies Creek community during the 2007-08 academic year.

Notable 2007-08 Camel Highlights

Heidi Shallow won all-conference honors at the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association championship and qualified for the Canadian Olympic Trials.

Karlie Love (softball) was named Academic All-District by the College Sports Information Directors of America, marking the 14th-straight year a Campbell athlete has earned that honor.

Sam Tilly was named Outstanding Field Athlete at the A-Sun Indoor Track & Field Championship and qualified for the NCAA outdoor championship in the long jump.

Harold Sims was named Outstanding Track Athlete at the A-Sun Indoor and Outdoor Championships.

Three Camel Athletes were named A-Sun Freshman of the Year – Sandra Angulo (women's golf), Josue Soto (men's soccer) and Davy Sum (men's tennis).

Campbell hosted its first Spring Football game in April in front of more than 1500 fans at the CU Football Stadium.

Campbell concluded its 55-year run in Carter Gym for men's and women's basketball in front of a capacity crowd in the regular season finale.

2006-07

Facility Improvements

Ground-breaking ceremonies were held for the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center in September and the CU Football Stadium in March.

All-Academic Performers

Campbell Athletes earned Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic Team honors 119 times during the 2006-07 academic year. The men's soccer team led all Campbell athletic programs with an average of nearly 20 community service hours per player.

Community Service

Campbell student-athletes completed more than 2,400 community service hours in and around the Buies Creek community during the 2006-07 academic year.

Notable 2006-07 Camel Highlights

John Crooks (women's golf) and David Johnson (men's tennis) were named Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year.

Alicia Valtin was named A-Sun women's cross country runner of the year and women's indoor track most outstanding performer, while advancing to the NCAA championship in both cross country and outdoor track.

Sam Tilly won the NCAA East Regional long jump competition and finished ninth in the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Men's soccer standout Devin Sheppard was named first-team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Femi Alabi (volleyball) and Devin Sheppard (men's soccer) were named Academic All-District by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

The men's soccer team led the Atlantic Sun Conference in attendance, lost only one regular season conference game, and defeated third-ranked North Carolina.

The women's golf team won its 8th A-Sun Championship and earned an NCAA regional berth for the 10th time in 11 seasons.

Fredric Sundberg (men's golf) earned a berth in the NCAA Regional tournament.

Jonathan Rodriguez finished fifth among the nation's freshman men's basketball scoring leaders and was named Mid-Major Freshman All-America.

2005-06

The 2005-06 academic year was one of the best in the history of Campbell University Athletics.

Academics

The Athletics Department reached all of the academic goals set at the beginning of the year including having the highest overall grade point average (2.921) in the history of that statistic and the recognition of an Academic All American!

Athletics

Campbell had the best overall sports program in the Atlantic Sun Conference, based on cumulative points awarded in the all-sports race. The Campbell women finished 2nd in the A-Sun Sherman Day Trophy race and the Fighting Camel men finished third in the Jesse Fletcher Trophy standings. In addition, Campbell had four coaches of the year, eight players of the year and two All-American honorees.

Community Service

Campbell student-athletes more than completed 4,767 community service hours in and around the Buies Creek community during the 2005-06 academic year. That number of hours far exceeded the highest number of hours ever completed by Campbell student-athletes in one academic year.

Fund Raising

Through the Fighting Camel Club, marketing efforts, special fund raising events, and other special efforts, Campbell Athletics assisted in bringing in more external dollars than in any previous academic year. Those funds help support the sports programs and the athletic-related facility needs which include the Convocation Center.

Notable 2005-06 Camel Highlights

John Crooks (women's golf), Doug Hess (men's soccer), Robbie Laing (men's basketball) and Drew Peterson (softball) were named Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year.

Mike Priest (baseball) was named Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Willy Guadarrama led the nation's Division I men's soccer players in scoring and was named All-American.

The women's golf team won the A-Sun title for the 7th time in 11 years and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the 10th time in 13 seasons.

John Crooks was inducted into the National Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Women's Basketball Coach Wanda Watkins recorded her 400th career victory.

Dale Steele was named head coach of CU's new football program.

The men's basketball team finished second in the nation in scoring at 82.8 points per game.