Campbell Retires From Coaching After 20 Seasons at ABAC

Campbell Retires From Coaching After 20 Seasons at ABAC

TIFTON— Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College announced today that Fillies Softball

Coach Donna Campbell will retire from coaching at the end the spring 2015 season.

As Campbell enters her twentieth season as the Fillies Softball Coach, she has a lot to

celebrate. Campbell, who has been coaching altogether for thirty seasons, has created a rich

history of success on the softball field.

In her 30 years of coaching, Campbell's teams have won seven state titles and four state

runner-up titles. They have also made five national tournament appearances. In all, Campbell has

had 26 winning seasons in her coaching career.

Twenty years ago, in her first year as a collegiate coach, her ABAC team went 44-12 and

won the 1996 National Junior College Slowpitch Championship. She was named the National

Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Slowpitch Coach of the Year for her success.

In 19 years of coaching fastpitch at ABAC, she has guided her teams to five Georgia

Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) State titles (97, 98, 00, 01, and 02). Campbell was

named GCAA's Fastpitch Coach of the Year in all five of those seasons. She also helped the

Fillies bring home three GCAA State Runner Up finishes, one District C championship, and four

top 16 NJCAA finishes competing in four National Tournaments.

As a former player for Sunbelt/Blaze, Campbell was inducted into the Georgia United

States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) Softball Hall of Fame in 1997 and has been named

to All-American teams at past National Tournaments. Campbell retired as an active player

following the 2000 summer season.

In 2012, she was awarded the Easton Victory Club award for earning her 500th college

career win. Campbell's ABAC coaching record is 562 wins and just 394 losses. She has

compiled a career record of 727 wins and 472 losses.

Campbell has served the GCAA for twenty years, ten years as Georgia's Women's

Region Director and 18 years as Softball Chair for Region XVII."Throughout her coaching career, Campbell has maintained a passion for the game she

loves so much. Her philosophy of hard work, commitment, and dedication to her players, along

with loyalty to her program and ABAC, has made her a highly respected and successful college

coach" said Alan Kramer, ABAC Athletic Director.

Although she is retiring her glove and duties as the Fillies Coach, Campbell will continue

at ABAC as a full-time faculty member in the School of Human Sciences.