MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – The University of South Alabama is expected to hire Steve Campbell to become the next head coach of the football program, according to sources to News Five and multiple media reports.
Campbell comes from the University of Central Arkansas where he has spent the last four seasons. The Bears finished this season with a 10-2 record and were 33-15 in his four-year career.
Campbell will replace Joey Jones who was the only head coach in the history of the South Alabama program. The first football season at South Alabama was in 2009.
“When the search began we identified the experience, qualities and characteristics we were looking for. We searched for a leader who has demonstrated success and possesses a vision for the program with the plan to communicate and achieve that vision,” said South Alabama Athletic Director Joel Erdmann in a press release.
Campbell comes to Mobile with a long history of coaching on the Gulf Coast. Before going to Central Arkansas, Campbell was the head coach at Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College for nine seasons and the offensive line coach in 2003. Campbell also coached at several schools including Middle Tennessee, Delta State, Southwest Mississippi Junior College, and Nicholls State.
Erdmann added, “As the search progressed, it became clear that Coach Campbell had what we were looking for. He became the primary target and accepted the offer. He is a proven college head football coach who has achieved consistent success in various settings with different programs.”
The 51-year-old is a native of Pensacola, Florida. Campbell played college football at Troy State and Southeastern Lousiana. He began his coaching career at Auburn University as a graduate assistant in 1988.
“I was born and raised in this area, just down the road outside of Pensacola, and have always felt that if South Alabama started football it would be a gold mine, a place where the sky is the limit and you can definitely compete for championships at the highest level,” said Campbell in press release.
Campbell will be taking over a Jaguars football team that went 4-8 last season and finished 8th in the Sun Belt.