PALATINE HILL -- Aaron Campbell has been elevated to head coach of the Lewis & Clark Pioneers track and field program, Interim Director of Physical Education and Athletics Mark Pietrok announced on Monday. Campbell was named interim head coach last March.
Campbell joined the Pioneers coaching staff in 2016 and has served as the program's recruiting coordinator and primary sprints, hurdles and relays coach. The upcoming 2019-20 academic year will be Campbell's 10th as a collegiate coach.
"I'd like to thank Mark Pietrok for entrusting me with the opportunity to be the next track and field head coach at Lewis & Clark," Campbell said. "My Lewis & Clark experience has been remarkable, and I am humbled by the support from everyone in the athletic department, Division of Student Life and the entire Pios community."
"Aaron excelled in his role as interim head coach, and I'm eager to see the continued growth of his student-athletes in the Building Champions philosophy during his first full year as head coach," Pietrok said. "I have witnessed his strong commitment to helping his team excel, and I believe they will be poised for tremendous success in the coming years."
Campbell previously coached for four seasons at Emory, where the women's track and field team was ranked top 25 nationally, and Campbell was named the 2013 South/Southeast Assistant Coach of the Year. Over the course of Campbell's career, he has coached a total of 33 All-Americans. Prior to his time at Emory, Campbell was a coach for Duke and at Vermont, the latter where he earned his bachelor's degree in 2010.
At last April's Northwest Conference Championships, the Pioneers stayed near or improved both of their team point totals with the men's team increasing their score by 15 points over the prior year. Lewis & Clark had top-three finishes in the men's 4x100-meter relay, men's 800 and 1,500 meters (Miguel Haro Ruiz) and men's pole vault (Logan Kyle). Morgan Taylor finished fifth in the women's heptathlon and high jump while placing sixth in the 100 meters. Ayla Kumano and Rachelle Locey were sixth in the women's 400-meter hurdles and long jump, respectively.
"I especially would like to thank all the members of the Lewis & Clark track and field family who have been so supportive throughout my time here and have made Lewis & Clark feel like home," Campbell said. "Moving forward, I hope to continue to create amazing experiences for our student-athletes as we pursue NWC and NCAA Division III success."
Campbell had several student-athletes from his team win awards at last May's Excellence in Lewis & Clark's Year of Sports. Sean Richardson was a finalist for three awards and won the Dell Smith Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Andrew Werst was selected the Dan Jones Male Multi-Sport Athlete of the Year, and Aidan Verba-Hamilton was chosen for the Male Rookie of the Year award.