All-Bee girls basketball Coach of the Year: Craig Campbell

The Fresno BeeApril 11, 2013 

Coach of the Year

Craig Campbell

School: Clovis West

The résumé: Numbers continue to pile up for one of the most successful coaches at the Central Section's most successful athletic program in the past 30 years. The Golden Eagles this season went 23-6, including a 10-0 Tri-River Athletic Conference mark. They had a 15-0 record against section competition and won the Division I title with a 53-38 rout of top-seeded Stockdale at Selland Arena after Clovis West blasted two-year defending champion Hanford 57-39 in a semifinal. That was only the Bullpups' second loss against section competition in their past 116 games. The section championship was Campbell's fourth in an eight-year Eagles career that stands at 180-58 (.756). And he's 8 for 8 in league titles.

Chemistry the key: "This was a neat, neat bunch of kids that bought in 100% to our teachings and road map. One of those special groups when you feel you've maximized your potential," Campbell says. "They had tremendous chemistry and sincere care for one another, which is huge in girls basketball. They were just hungry, and it was very rewarding as a coach to see them put in so much time and all of that growth."

System working: Campbell was drawn to Clovis West's "commitment across the board" in 2005, when he left Nevada after coaching Reno High for 11 years. "People at Reno didn't want to put in the time; they said it wasn't fair," he says. "I felt Nevada was going backward as the state was growing. When I came here, they wanted to run the program from varsity down to fifth grade, to third, to kindergarten; there were no roadblocks. It was Doc's charge (former district superintendent Floyd "Doc" Buchanan), and it was refreshing."

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