Virginia Names Campbell Volunteer Assistant Softball Coach
March 3, 2006
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia head softball coach Karen Johns has announced the addition of Katie Campbell as a volunteer assistant coach. This is Campbell’s first season as a collegiate softball coach. Campbell graduated from the University of Kansas in 2003 and was a member of the Jayhawks’ softball team for three seasons.
Campbell began her collegiate career at Northwestern University in 1999. She transferred to Kansas and played for the Jayhawks in 2000, 2001 and 2002. Campbell, who was a catcher, graduated in May of 2003 with a B.A. in health and physical education. In three seasons at Kansas, Campbell had 72 hits, including 25 doubles and nine home runs, and 36 RBI. She hit a career-best 16 doubles as a junior in 2001. She was selected as Kansas’ Most Improved Player in 2000.
Campbell also excelled in the classroom. She was a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar Athlete and was also named to the Big 12 Commissioners Honor Roll. Campbell was also the recipient of a Kansas School of Education Scholarship and was a Jayhawk Scholar. She was also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes leadership team from 2000-03.
“We are pleased to have Katie join our coaching staff,” said Johns. “Katie will be able to help strengthen our team in several areas. She is another resource for our players to draw experience from, which will only make our team better.”
Campbell spent two years teaching abroad. From August of 2004 to June of 2005, she taught middle school physical education and world cultures at The American School of Switzerland. From August of 2003 to June of 2004, Campbell taught elementary physical education and health at The American School of Puerto Vallarta.
In addition to her coaching duties at UVa, Campbell works at the Boars Head Sports Club and is volunteering with Athletes in Action.