Delaware Football Selects Erik Campbell as Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach
Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
NEWARK, Del. -- Erik Campbell, a former University of Michigan standout player who has spent 28 seasons coaching at the highest level of college football, including 14 years at his alma mater, has been named passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach for the University of Delaware football program, Blue Hens head coach Danny Rocco announced Wednesday.
Campbell, a 1988 general studies graduate of Michigan, replaces Fontel Mines, who had served on Rocco’s new staff since January.
In addition to the hiring of Campbell, Rocco also announced that current UD tight ends coach Bill Polin will add Mines’ recruiting coordinator responsibilities to his duties on the Delaware staff.
“We are excited to have Erik join our staff here at the University of Delaware,” said Rocco, who was named Delaware head coach back in December and is currently leading his team through spring drills. “Erik brings a wealth of knowledge, talent, and experience to our staff and his success at the highest levels of college football over a long period of time is certainly impressive. I know he will do an outstanding job leading our passing game and receivers moving forward.”
A native of Gary, Ind., Campbell (at right) most recently served one season as wide receivers coach at the University of Connecticut in 2016. He began his coaching career as running backs coach for six seasons at Navy, Ball State, and Syracuse between 1989-94 before returning to his alma mater to coach wide receivers for 13 seasons between 1995 and 2007 under head coach Lloyd Carr. He also held the title of assistant head coach at Michigan in 2003-07.
Campbell moved on to the University of Iowa where he coached wide receivers and tight ends for five seasons in 2008-12 under head coach Kirk Ferentz. Campbell spent two seasons as wide receivers coach for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 2013-14, leading the squad to the playoffs both years and the Eastern Conference finals in 2014.
He returned to the college ranks - and Michigan - as recruiting coordinator and assistant director of operations in 2015 for head coach Jim Harbaugh before spending this most recent season as wide receivers coach at UConn for head coach Bob Diaco.
”I appreciate the opportunity to work with Coach Rocco and the staff here at the University of Delaware,” said Campbell. “I am excited to work with the team to help them reach their full potential on and off the field.”
Among his coaching highlights have been helping to lead Michigan to the 1997 national championship; coaching three All-Americans at Michigan (David Terrell, Marquise Walker and Braylon Edwards) and 18 All-Big Ten selections overall; coaching a 1,000-yard receiver an NCAA-record eight straight seasons (1998-2005); mentoring two of the most successful receivers in Big Ten history (Marin McNutt at Iowa and Edwards at Michigan); coaching the Big 10’s all-time career punt return leader Steve Breaston (1,599 yards and 12.6 average) at Michigan; and producing numerous National Football League Draft picks, including first round pick and 1997 Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson and No. 3 overall pick Edwards in 2005.
Campbell has been part of 26 postseason football games, including four bowl games as a student-athlete and 19 as a coach. He has coached in four Rose Bowls and played in another, coached in two Orange Bowls, and played in a Fiesta Bowl.
As a player for the Wolverines in 1984-87, Campbell saw the majority of his action at defensive back, starting 30 career games during his freshman, junior, and senior seasons. He is the only player in Michigan football history to start at all four secondary positions in one year.
He started the final 25 games of his career and added five starts as a true freshman. He completed his career with 113 tackles and five interceptions and led the team to a combined mark of 35-13-1 that included a 1986 Big Ten title and bowl victories in the 1985 Fiesta Bowl (27-23 over Nebraska) and the 1987 Hall of Fame Bowl (28-24 over Alabama).
He was a prep star at Roosevelt High School in Gary, Ind. where he was an all-state selection in football and gained All-American honors in track after leading his team to back-to-back state championships. He is a member of both the Indiana High School Track and Field Hall of Fame and the Indiana High School Football Hall of Fame. He was recognized in his hometown with the Benjamin Hooks Award, presented by the Gary chapter of the NAACP, during the spring of 2010.
THE ERIK CAMPBELL FILE
John Erik Campbell
Born: January 21, 1966
Hometown: Gary, Indiana (Roosevelt HS)
Playing Career: Defensive Back; Wide Receiver; Kick Returner, University of Michigan (1984-87)
Degree: Michigan ‘88 (General Studies)
1989-90 - Navy (Running Backs)
1991-93 - Ball State (Running Backs)
1994 - Syracuse (Running Backs)
1995-2007 - Michigan (Wide Receivers; Assistant HC, 2003-07)
2008-12 - Iowa (Wide Receivers, Tight Ends)
2013-14 - Montreal Alouettes (CFL) (Wide Receivers)
2015 - Michigan (Recruiting Coordinator/Assistant Director of Operations)
2016 - Connecticut (Wide Receivers)
2017- Present - Delaware (Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers)
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