Coach Connor Campbell joins Florida Memorial after spending the previous two seasons at Cincinnati Christian University (NAIA) and helping guide them to their first ever River States Conference playoff berth.
In taking over CCU’s program in spring of 2018, Campbell inherited a program that had seen decent overall records but was lacking the ability to compete at the conference level. Setting sights high, Campbell overhauled the program in terms of structure, academic accountability and on-field performance. In his second season there, Campbell sought out a tough schedule that would allow the team to be properly tested heading into conference play. This paid off as the team went 9-9 overall, beat a Division 2 opponent, won the most conference games in program history and qualified for two different post-season tournaments for the first time in school history. Unfortunately, the team was not able to participate in either tournament as the school was actually in the process of shutting down and ceased to exist in December of 2019.
Prior to taking the helm at CCU, Campbell was an assistant coach and lead recruiter for Multnomah University (NAIA) in Oregon between 2014-2018. In assisting this program that was created months before he came onboard, Campbell was able to learn more of the ins and outs of the NAIA system. He was given the opportunity by head coach Tom Stephens to run practices, lead the recruiting process, head up film review and plan individual player development plans along the way. During this time he was also a head coach for both club and high school teams, continued with his licensing process acquiring his U.S.S.F. E, D and C licenses as well as beginning his Master’s in Coaching Education through Ohio University.
Although Multnomah was Campbell’s introduction to the NAIA, it was not his first college assistant coach job. Following a college career that saw him as a 3-time captain and 4-year starter for George Fox University (D3), he was given the opportunity to continue to give back to the men’s program as an assistant from 2011-2013. During this time, he invested in players on and off the field and was also actively involved in youth ministry around the area as well as multiple soccer camps in Haiti.
About joining the Lion Family, Campbell says, “I’m incredibly excited to be here and elevate this program to the level it deserves to be at. We have the resources, the plan and obviously the location to make the FMU name known in the college soccer world. I’m here to invest in young men and the surrounding community and win as many games as possible along the way.”