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So far, so good for Campbell and staff at UCA

Posted: January 14, 2014 - 6:33pm

In introducing his staff to the Conway community Monday night, new University of Central Arkansas coach Steve Campbell said he had no trouble introducing them to Conway.

“It’s easy to see why this is one of the fastest-growing communities and institutions in the state,” Campbell said during a meet and greet at Centennial Valley Special Events Center. “People have been so warm and receptive and supportive. Everywhere I’ve been, the warmth stands out. I’ve lived in a lot of places and it’s the people who make it special.”

Campbell, a highly successful coach at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, said he moved his family to Conway this week. Kelsie, his oldest daughter, has enrolled at UCA. Tate, his youngest, is in third grade. Steven Jr., his son, is a junior at Ole Miss and after graduation, plans to obtain his MBA from UCA.

Recruiting is currently in a dead period, but Campbell said the response has been great the brief time his staff has had to recruit so far.

SLIDESHOW: View photos from Monday night's Meet-N-Greet with Coach Steve Campbell

On his new staff, he said “there is a good mix of gray hair and no hair who are veteran coaches and a group of young coaches to keep us energized. All are high-energy coaches, which is what I was looking for. I believe this is the best coaching staff in the USA, anywhere on any level. Most important, they are all fine men.”

Three coaches (Nathan Brown, Dan Augustine and Robert “Boomer” Cunningham), served on the previous staff of Clint Conque.

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