Mark Campbell completed his first USA basketball coaching assignment as head coach of the 2019 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team, which he led to a 6-0 record and gold medal from June 16-22 in Puerto Aysen, Chile. Following that performance, Campbell was named as a co-recipient of the 2019 USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year award.
Campbell completed his 20th season (1999-00 to present) as Union University head coach in 2018-19, after serving as the men’s graduate assistant during the 1993-94 season and the men’s assistant coach from 1996-97 to 1998-99.
He has compiled an overall record of 613-94 (.867 winning percentage) in his 20 seasons as head coach.
Under Campbell, the Bulldogs have finished third or better in national tournaments 12 times, including 10 straight from 2005-14. He has guided Union to first place finishes in the NAIA in 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010, including a National Christian College Athletic Association national title in 2014. He also has second-place finishes in the 2011 and 2012 NAIA and five third place finishes including the 2002, 2007 and 2008 NAIA, and 2013 NCCAA and 2018 NCAA DII National Tournament.
In 2018-19, the Bulldogs finished 27-4 overall and 18-2 in the Gulf South Conference, advancing to the NCAA DII region quarterfinals as a No. 2 seed. It was the fifth GSC regular season title for Union and its fourth trip to the NCAA DII National Tournament.
In 2017-18, the Lady Bulldogs won their fourth GSC regular season title and second GSC Tournament title. The team also won its first NCAA DII South Region title and advanced to the Elite Eight. For his efforts, Campbell was named both Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year and WBCA NCAA DII South Region Coach of the Year.
In 2015-16, Campbell led his team to 20 GSC wins, setting a league record for conference wins in a season.
During the 2014-15 season, Campbell reached his 500th career win as a head coach, making him the fastest coach to the win total in all of women’s college basketball. He was also the fastest coach to 400 wins, which he accomplished in 2011. He is first on the all-time Union coaching wins list.
Over his career, Campbell has been named the Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year three times (2015, 2016, 2018), the TranSouth Coach of the Year six times (2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), Daktronics South Region Coach of the Year (2015), WBCA NCAA DII South Region Coach of the Year three times (2015, 2016, 2018), NAIA National Coach of the Year four times (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010), NAIA WBCA Coach of the Year twice (2004, 2008) and the TSWA Coach of the Year five times (2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012).
Campbell played basketball for Lipscomb University from 1990-94 and ranks 20th on the all-time scoring list with 1,509 points. He received his bachelors degree in 1994 and his masters degree in education from Union in 1996.