Nathan Leggett Promoted to Associate Head Coach

Nathan Leggett (photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Nathan Leggett (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Nathan Leggett has been promoted to Campbell volleyball associate head coach after spending four years as an assistant for the Camels, head coach Leigh Mullins announced Tuesday.

"I trust Coach Leggett as much as I've trusted anyone I've ever worked with," said CU head coach Leigh Mullins. "He has earned the right to be the associate head coach because he does almost everything I do. We share all responsibility within the program, and I treat him as my equal. He has certainly earned this."

Leggett will enter his fifth season with the Camels in 2012, serving as the program's lead assistant and recruiting coordinator since 2008.

"I'm thankful and honored to have such a title, especially after just four years as a collegiate coach," said Leggett. "I have enjoyed the last four seasons here at Campbell and I am excited to take on an even bigger role as we continue to move forward as a program."

Last season, Leggett helped guide a youthful Campbell team in its transition to the Big South from the Atlantic Sun Conference, qualifying for league tournament play for the second time in three years after the Camels missed out on postseason action from 2002-08.

Out of the gate, the Camels won their season opener, the seventh time in program history the team has done so (since 1986), defeating North Carolina Central 3-0 in Durham, N.C. After winning its season and road opener, Campbell made its home debut with a 3-0 win over regional rival UNC Wilmington.

From there, the Camels competed in the very competitive NC State Classic, Charlotte Invitational and the Elon Classic before beginning the conference season.

On Friday, Sept. 23, Campbell played in its first Big South match in 18 years, taking home a 3-0 win on the road at High Point. That win sparked a five-match winning streak for the Camels, who went on to sweep the HPU Invitational, and move to 2-0 in Big South matches with another road victory at Coastal Carolina.

Multiple Camels were honored during the year, including Annie Kobeski, who garnered Big South Second Team All-Conference honors, and Kelsey Campbell, who was named to the league's All-Academic Team. Lorin Thomas was also named Big South Freshman of the Week after leading the Camels to their HPU Invitational sweep. Three Camels also made various all-tournament teams during the year.

In 2010, Campbell's final year in the Atlantic Sun, the Camels played arguably the most difficult schedule in program history, facing No. 1 Penn State, as well as powers North Carolina and Duke.

In 2009, assisted by Leggett, the Camels enjoyed one of their best campaigns in a decade, winning 17 matches for their first winning season since 2001. The win total was also matched 2000 and 2001 for the third most wins in CU program history.

In his first season with the Camels, his first coaching at the collegiate level, Leggett helped the Camels to their first Atlantic Sun Tournament appearance in seven years, while rookie setter Hope Leatigaga earned Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team honors.

Prior to joining the Fighting Camel program, Leggett enjoyed several successful stints at the club level. Before coming to Campbell, Leggett was at the helm of the Carolina Juniors, as well as Alexander Graham Middle School, both based out of Charlotte, N.C., where he was a coach and teacher for two years.

Leggett earned a degree in middle childhood education in math and science from Ohio University in 2005, where he coached at the club level. The Columbus, Ohio native completed his master's of athletic administration from Ohio in June 2011.