One of the longest tenured head coaches in college men’s volleyball is stepping down weeks before the start of the upcoming season.
Jeff Campbell announced Monday that he will retire after 25 seasons as the CSUN head coach.
“After taking some time to think this decision over, I felt that this was the right time to retire from coaching at CSUN,” Campbell said in a statement. “The support I’ve received in my time at CSUN has been greatly appreciated. With that said, I will be retiring and looking forward to starting the next chapter in my life. I will always remember the great memories and how special CSUN was to my family and me.”
Campbell finished as the winningest coach in program history accumulating 330 career wins and helped lead the Matadors to the NCAA Tournament semifinals in 2010. CSUN under Campbell also was ranked No. 1 in the national coaches poll during the 2008, 2009 and 2010 regular seasons.
CSUN was one of six Big West schools to depart the MPSF in 2018 when the Big West started sponsoring men’s volleyball. The Matadors during the conference’s inaugural season reached the Big West Tournament semifinals.
Campbell initially arrived to CSUN as a player and earned Second-Team All-American honors in 1988. In addition, Campbell served as an assistant coach for seven years before being promoted to the head coaching position.
“Although I have been at CSUN for a short time, I am well aware of the positive impact Jeff brought to the university and the student-athletes in the men’s volleyball program,” CSUN athletics director Shawn Chin-Farrell said in a statement. “Jeff’s efforts over the past 30-plus years have been instrumental in elevating the men’s volleyball program, and we wish him and his family the best with the next chapter in their lives.”
CSUN with Campbell’s retirement announced Monday it will promote associate head coach Theo Edwards to be the head coach starting for the 2023 season.
The Matadors return multiple starters after ending last season with a loss in the Big West Tournament quarterfinals.