The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Athletic Department announced in 2013 that the Patriots would be adding a new sport to the university, Lacrosse. It will become UC's 25th and 26th sport offered, as both a men and women's program will be added. With schools in surrounding states already sponsoring lacrosse, several other schools in the Mid-South Conference are making plans to add lacrosse as well. Vice President of Athletics Randy Vernon has announced the hiring of Pete Campbell to lead the Men's Lacrosse program in its inaugural season.
Campbell originally from Hilliard, OH, attended Hilliard Davidson High School and furthered his education at Marietta College and the Ohio State University. He was graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education Mild to Moderate. Campbell was a member of the Marietta College Lacrosse team and was a varsity starter in 2001 and 2002. He currently holds the record for most saves in a single season.
After graduating, Campbell went on to coach at Pickerington Central High School (PCHS) as the Head Varsity Coach. He accumulated a 26-7 record over two seasons as the head coach at PCHS, including a 2012 Ohio Capital Conference Head Coach of the Year Award and two Ohio Capital Conference Championships in 2012 and 2013. This past season, Campbell was the Head JV Coach at Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, Maryland, which is in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) "A" Conference. You can read more about his time at Archbishop here.
When asked about coming on as the first Men's Lacrosse coach in UC history, Campbell said, "I'm very excited to have the opportunity to build a brand new program from the ground up and really make my footprint, I can't wait to start. We will have some immediate challenges of course to overcome including getting out and letting people know that Cumberlands now has a Lacrosse program to offer as well as other benefits to attending UC. I have goals for the program to become sustainable, for us to have depth and great players from top to bottom. I want to have athletes that have great grades and are great people on and off the field so that they are a benefit in the community as well as on the field so we can compete for championships."
Vernon added, "I am very excited that Pete Campbell has accepted our offer to be our Head Men's Lacrosse Coach. I am very impressed with his knowledge and enthusiasm for Lacrosse and he has some great ideas that should be a great help in getting us prepared to open play in the spring of 2016."
For more information on the Patriot Men's Lacrosse program along with other Patriot athletics, please visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.