The Jaguars announced Thursday that Central Arkansas coach Steve Campbell would be the team's new head coach.
Campbell, who came to UCA from a highly successful 10-year stint at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, has fit nicely into the program, leading the Bears to a 6-6 overall record and a 5-3 mark in the highly competitive Southland Conference in his first season. "This is an opportunity to get back home and, more than that, to take what Joey has started and raise it to the next level and win some championships".
"Coach Campbell possesses coaching expertise, high school and junior college recruiting relationships, and a contagious passion for the game of football", Erdmann said. He is well-respected by his peers and at the core of his identify is a man of character and deep values. This fall UCA went 10-2 and claimed the conference title with a 9-0 mark to earn the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
Campbell was named UCA's head coach on December 19, 2013. His son, Steven Jr., is the Athletic Director at Gulf Coast. In four seasons at UCA, Campbell compiled a record of 33-15. "You can definitely compete for championships at the highest level".
He was the head coach at Southwest Mississippi for two seasons before he was hired as the head coach at Delta State in 1999, where he accumulated a 27-8 record in three seasons and won the DII National Championship in 2000. The website also reported that Austin Peay head coach Will Healy, Florida receivers coach Billy Gonzales and Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey all were also candidates for the South Alabama job. He spent the 2003 season as Mississippi State's offensive line coach. Jones was the coach when the football program began in 2008, and he had a 52-50 overall record.