An Oklahoma Legend Passes Away
Mark Campbell has been a fixture in Oklahoma High School sports for over three decades. In his 33 years of coaching both boys and girls basketball he racked up 865 wins. Campbell spent most of his career in Claremore where he led the Lady Zebras to 14 state tournaments in his 17 seasons. He won three straight state championships with the Claremore girls from 2003-2005. He also won a Class B boys title for Tupelo in 1991. Oologah Head Girls Coach Kandy Damron spent 17 years as Campbell's assistant at Claremore. She says we've lost a one of the best. "He could take a team that was mediocre and find a way to get them to the state tournament. Every kid that play for us during that rein played in the state tournament." said longtime Campbell assistant and current Oologah Head Girls Basketball Coach Kandy Damron, "The state of Oklahoma will miss a great man. He helped so many coaches. You know he had coaches call and say can I come up and talk about this offense? Yes, come up! Can I bring my kids for you to work with? Yes! He was the first one who would share everything with any coach that wanted to."Last year he guided the Lady Cards of Collinsville the state tournament, but he was about much more than just wins and loses. He cared for his players like they were his own kids. "He's been like a father figure to me. He's been a great Christ like example. He would be there for you at the drop of a hat." said Former Claremore Lady Zebra and 2011 Elite 8 Ford Award Winner Jordan Schultz, "He care about the type of person we were when we went home and what we were doing at night. He's even called many of our parents and said is so and so at home? Is so and so home? We have a game tomorrow. He care about everything. Not just playing basketball. X's and O's. He really cared about us a person and that's just amazing."At age 65, Coach lived life to the fullest. He was devoted family man who loved his wife Shirley, their four kids and his 13 grandkids with one on the way. He was one awesome grandpa and an amazing teacher. His lesson's will live on with those who's lives he's touched."Coach Campbell always said win the last one." said Schultz, "Whether it was blocking out. Whether it was the last possession of the game anything. And that's just something that really sticks out in my mind is win the last one and I think Coach Campbell did win the last one."