Chris Campbell enters his second year on the Spartan track and field staff, serving as throws coach and multi-event coordinator. In his first season at MSU, Campbell coached Jason Brown and Erica Bailey to scoring positions in the Big Ten Championships shot put and discus events, and tutored Brown to his first-ever NCAA Regional shot put qualifying mark. As multi-event coordinator, he guided Etienne Chaplin to a pair of sixth place multi-event finishes at the Big Ten Indoor and Outdoor Championships, NCAA provisional-qualifying marks for both the pentathlon and heptathlon, and new heptathlon school record score of 5,050.
Prior to MSU, Campbell served six seasons at Fresno State, including the last two as associate head coach. During his tenure at Fresno State, he coached All-Americans in the decathlon, javelin and shot put. His 2005 women's squad won the California-Nevada Coaches Association Team Championship, while the men won the same title in 2000. The women's squad won the Western Athletic Conference title in 2002 for the first time in 10 years.
Campbell also served as the recruiting coordinator at Fresno State, signing several top 25 national athletes including the 2003 No. 1-ranked high school javelin thrower in the country. In addition to his coaching and recruiting duties, Campbell served as Vice President of the California-Nevada Coaches Association and as Men's and Women's Development Chairperson for the Central Valley Chapter of USA Track and Field. He completed a master's degree in kinesiology at Fresno State in 2003.
Prior to his stint at Fresno State, Campbell was the field events coach at Ball State from 1996-99. During his tenure at Ball State, Campbell directed student-athletes to qualifying marks for the NCAA Championships in the hammer and high jump, four school records and a Mid-American Conference individual championship in the hammer throw. The 1998 Ball State women won both the Indoor and Outdoor MAC team championships.
Campbell previously served as a volunteer coach at the U.S. Naval Academy from 1994-96 and completed an M.S. in Education at Johns Hopkins University while serving on active duty. Campbell has completed USATF Coaching Education Schools through Level III and is a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
During his coaching career, Campbell has coached three NCAA All-Americans, five junior national All-Americans, 24 NCAA qualifiers for the regionals and championships, five conference champions and four Olympic Trials qualifiers.
A 1989 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Campbell was a four-year letterwinner on the Midshipmen's track and field team. A javelin thrower and former school record holder, he was elected team captain his senior year. Upon graduation, Campbell was assigned to the San Diego-based naval warship, USS COPELAND, which completed CARAT operations during Desert Storm and counter-narcotic operations off the coast of Central America in 1993. Campbell completed his military obligation as Operations Officer at Naval Station Annapolis and resigned from the Navy in 1995 with the rank of Lieutenant.