Coach Steve Campbell has been a fixture on both the football field and the track for 36 years. During that time, his quiet strength has led and inspired many a Wildcat and even a few Cherokees in the early years. That status was recognized Saturday, when Campbell was inducted into the Coastal Bend Coaches Association Hall of Honor.
“It is such an honor to be inducted by your peers and to be recognized along with all the other people who have come before me,” said Campbell.
When Campbell first came on the scene in 1982 at Tuloso-Midway, he knew that he wanted to parlay his love of sports and his penchant for competition into a coaching career. In 1984, Campbell made a fateful move to Calallen, where he became the Varsity Assistant/Defensive Coordinator for the football team and the Head Track Coach.
According to Campbell, he began his journey at Calallen by showing up one evening and knocking on Head Coach Phil Danaher’s window.
“I went over to the Calallen field house at night because I was coaching at TM and Calallen was our biggest rival at the time. I saw that Danaher’s light was on in his office and I think he was sleeping in there,” said Campbell. “I knocked on his window and scared him half to death. I told him to hire me and I had one more interview after that. The rest is history.”
And what a history it is. Campbell has been a driving force behind Calallen’s 34 consecutive football playoff appearances. He has led the defense to 101 shutout games and when those opponents did score, they only averaged 12 points per game during Campbell’s 36 year tenure. Professionally, he has received many accolades, including being named District 31 AAAA Football Coach of the Year three times along with many other honors. As a team, Campbell has helped to earn an overall 85% winning percentage. All these wins have led Campbell to coach well into the post seasons each year.
“By my estimation, all those playoff wins have amounted to an extra eleven and a half seasons,” said Campbell.
On the track, Campbell has also packed in numerous accomplishments. He has racked up 13 District Championships, two Regional Championships and was named the Track Coach of the Year by the Corpus Christi Caller Times in 1999. He has been asked to speak and advise fellow coaches on many occasions.
All of these things led Danaher to nominate Campbell to the Hall Of Honor.
“The CBCA called me to let me know that I had been nominated and that they had unanimously passed my nomination,” said Campbell.
Campbell was inducted into the Hall of Honor, along with Scott Powers, long time Carroll football coach and Brenda Marshall, Corpus Christi ISD Athletic Director.