Alumni and Friends
Honoring the Legacy of Coach Donna Campbell
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College’s Fillies Softball Coach Donna Campbell retired from coaching at the end of the spring 2015 season. Campbell, who has been coaching altogether for thirty seasons, has created a rich history of success on the softball field. In her 30 years of coaching, Campbell’s teams have won seven state titles and four state runner-up titles. They have also made five national tournament appearances. In all, Campbell has had 26 winning seasons in her coaching career. Although she has retired her glove and duties as the Fillies Coach, Campbell will continue at ABAC as a full-time faculty member in the School of Human Sciences.
Memories of an ABAC Legend
“I played 3rd base and wore #14 in Fall 1999-Spring 2001! Our team was very special; we were a family. Coach Campbell was like our mother away from home. She is an amazing leader, mentor, coach, and friend. Coach not only coached softball, she coached life! I have learned so many life lessons from her. She was always there for me whenever I needed anything and she still is! I have never met someone so passionate about life. Everything Coach Campbell does or says comes from her heart, and she has impacted my life tremendously. My special story from her we still laugh about is… I recently moved to Dacula, Georgia from Piscataway, New Jersey my sophomore year of high school. Coach called me to set up a recruiting visit to tour ABAC. When she was giving her Yankee directions, she told me to get off the interstate and take the first paved road to the left. I asked her, “‘Paved road?”‘ Coach has touched many lives and I am so thankful I took the first paved road to the left because I am who I am today because of Coach Campbell. I love you Coach.”
-The Real #14 Kristin Croteau (Huey #14)
“I played short stop and out field for the Fillies. Coach Campbell taught me many different things during my time at ABAC. One of her most important lessons to us was to have our priorities in line between school and sports. She pushed us each day to better ourselves on the field and in the classroom. Also, I am thankful for all of the times Coach Campbell was there for me during my softball injuries. Not many coaches would have above and beyond as Coach has from taking me to the hospital, doctors appointments, or lending her car so I could travel to out-of-town doctor appointments.”
“I played 1st base from 2009-2011. Words really cannot describe the kind of woman Coach is, but if I had to use one word, it would be PHENOMENAL. She was always there to push us on and off the field. She tightened up on us my second year(a whole lot), but we all knew it was to benefit us. If I could play for her again, I would in a heartbeat!!!!!”
You can add your own memory of Coach Donna Campbell by emailing Dr. Deidre Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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