Kansas Swim Camp
Career at Kansas (2002-present)
Now in his 11th season at Kansas, head coach Clark Campbell is looking for continued excellence. During Clark Campbell's 10th season as the head swimming coach at Kansas, the team finished with a 5-5 dual meet record. The Jayhawks were strong at home in 2011-12, recording a 3-1 record at Robinson Natatorium. The team also placed 13 members on the Academic All-Big 12 team and posted a 3.62 GPA during the spring 2012 semester, earning a spot on the College Swimming Coaches Association's Scholar All-America Team Award list.
During Campbell's ninth season as head swim coach, KU compiled its second highest dual meet win total since 2008-09, with a 10-5 record and a 2-1 mark in the Big 12. KU was also a strong performer at its home pool, amassing a 5-1 record inside Robinson Natatorium. Under his guidance, senior Iuliia Kuzhil represented KU at the 2011 NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas, where she competed in the 100 and 200 yard backstroke events.
Outside of the pool, Campbell's team compiled a combined 3.21 GPA for the fall 2010 semester, which was the fourth highest of any team in the Kansas athletic program. Twin sister swimmers, Alyssa and Brittany Potter were inducted into Rho Chi, a national academic honor society for pharmacy following the 2010-11 season and senior Joy Bunting was named the 2011 Outstanding Woman Student in Athletics.
The Jayhawks finished a successful 2009-10 season with a 9-4 dual record under the leadership of Campbell. KU had two representatives at the NCAA Championships, one Honorable Mention All-American and 13 swimmers and divers named to the 2010 Academic All-Big 12 Team.
At the 2010 NCAA Championships, backstroke swimmer Iuliia Kuzhil placed ninth in both the 100-yard (52.02) and 200-yard (1:53.44) backstroke events. Diving standout Meg Proehl also competed, placing 23rd on the one-meter board and 32nd on the three-meter board. For her outstanding performances throughout the season, Proehl was named Big 12 Diver of the Week twice.
Campbell led the Jayhawks to an exceptional 2008-09 campaign, securing an 11-3 record. The team shattered nine school records, including all five relay records, during the season. Kansas had 18 swimmers and divers named to the 2009 Academic All-Big 12 Team, with six Jayhawks maintaining perfect 4.00 grade point averages.
Three Jayhawks qualified for the 2009 NCAA Championships, including freestyle swimmer Maria Mayrovich, backstroke standout Iuliia Kuzhil and diver Erin Mertz. Campbell coached Mayrovich to a 20th-place finish in the 50 yard freestyle, 21st in the 200 yard freestyle and 19th in the 100 yard freestyle. Mayrovich's 200 yard freestyle time of 1:46.19 smashed the school record by 0.82 seconds. Kuzhil broke her own school record in the 100 yard backstroke at the Championships with a time of 53.06 seconds, which was strong enough for a 21st-place finish.
Campbell and the Jayhawks raced to a winning 7-2 dual meet record in the 2007-08 season, capping it off with a fourth-place finish at the 2008 Big 12 Championships in Austin, Texas. Seventeen of Campbell's swimmers and divers were named to the Swimming and Diving Academic All-Big 12 team in February, the most in the Big 12 Conference. The Jayhawks collaboratively shattered four Robinson Natatorium records, adding five Kansas all-time records at the Big 12 Championship meet. The Jayhawks additionally broke 14 records in opponents' pools, for a grand total of 23 new records for Campbell's swimmers and divers on the impressive season.
Campbell coached junior Danielle Herrmann to her second-consecutive NCAA appearance in the 200 IM, 100 and 200-yard breaststroke events. Herrmann set Kansas all-time records in all three of her NCAA-swum events, while also capturing two of the four Robinson Natatorium records. Mayrovich contributed to Kansas' home pool records, shattering the last two Robinson Natatorium records in the 100 and 200-yard free events. For her performances, Mayrovich was named Big 12 Swimmer of the Week on Nov. 8.
In addition to an emphasis on academics and athletics, Campbell and the Jayhawks place an importance on community service. For her community service efforts, diver Meghan Proehl was named to the Big 12 Winter Good Works team. Mertz joined Mayrovich and Proehl as the three Jayhawks to receive Big 12 individual accolades when Mertz was named Big 12 Diver of the Week Feb. 20 for her first-place finishes on the one and three-meter boards against Iowa State the previous week.
During Campbell's fifth season at Kansas (2006-07), Kansas achieved an overall season record of 6-1 in dual meet action and a 2-1 finish in the Big 12 Conference. The Jayhawks paved a path to a third-place finish at the Big 12 Conference Championships in College Station, Texas, the best conference finish for Kansas since 2004, when Kansas also placed third. Seven broken records completed the 448.50 point finish behind swimming and diving powerhouses Texas A&M and Texas.
Under Campbell in 2006, the Jayhawks established 12 Kenyon Athletic Center Natatorium records, while cruising to a third-place finish at the Nike Cup-Kenyon Invitational in December. Senior diver Shelby Noonan reeled in Big 12 co-Diver of the Week accolades for her performance in College Park, Md., in November at the Terrapin Cup Invitational where Kansas rallied for a second-place finish.
Three Kansas swimmers received invitations to compete in the 2007 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships March 8-10 in Minneapolis, Minn., at the Minnesota Aquatic Center. Kansas' three swimmers, sophomore Danielle Herrmann, freshman Ashley Robinson and senior Jenny Short, were the most since 1998 when the Jayhawks also sent three competitors. Campbell coached Short to the 200-yard Kansas backstroke record following her record-breaking stint at the Big 12 Championships where she additionally broke the 100-yard backstroke record and was a member of the 200 and 400-yard record-breaking medley relay teams.
Continuing the high academic standards set forth by Campbell and the Kansas coaching staff, the Jayhawks placed 16 swimmers and divers on the Academic All-Big 12 team, with 14 on the first team (3.2+ GPA) and two on the second team (3.0-3.19 GPA) during the 2006-07 season. In addition, the Jayhawks attained the highest GPA of all Kansas athletics teams during the spring 2006 semester, accumulating a 3.39 GPA.
Campbell completed his fourth year at Kansas with an 8-2 dual meet record and a perfect 3-0 mark in Big 12 competition. He also recorded his 100th career win during the 2005-06 season and coached the Jayhawks to a fourth-place finish at the Big 12 Championships. Kansas set four school records and had had six swimmers qualify for the NCAA Championships. The Jayhawks jumped into the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Division I Top-25 Poll for the first time since 1997, an outstanding honor for both Campbell and the team. The Jayhawks accepted Academic All-America team honors for the second year in a row. Their team GPA of 3.26 during the fall semester placed them first in the Big 12 Conference. Fourteen Jayhawks were selected as Academic All-Big 12 First Team honorees. While two Jayhawks received second team accolades.
As an Academic All-America team, Kansas repeated its outstanding performance in the classroom during the spring semester, improving its team GPA to 3.39. The achievement placed the Jayhawks 22nd highest among all Division I swimming and diving programs and first within the Big 12 Conference. The swimming and diving team also recorded the highest GPA among all athletic teams at the University of Kansas. Seven Jayhawk swimmers were selected Academic All-America honorable mention.
Under Campbell, freshman Ashley Leidigh earned Academic All-American status for her accomplishments, both academically and athletically, during the spring semester. Leidigh made her first appearance at the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga., competing in both the 100 and 200-yard butterfly.
During the 2004-05 season, the Jayhawk swimmers had 16 entries into KU's top-five record books. Two swimmers, Amy Gruber and Jenny Short, qualified for the 2005 NCAA Championships.
Campbell's team not only performed well in the pool, but also in the classroom. Jenny Short, Jackie Krueger, Lindsey Urbatchka and Terri Schramka were all honored by the CSCAA as Academic All-Americans for the 2004-05 season. The Jayhawks' 3.21 team GPA also landed Kansas on the CSCAA Academic All-America team's list, where KU ranked 40th overall for highest team GPA. The swimming and diving team had 17 members named to the Academic All-Big 12 Team, 15 to the first team and two on the second team. In Campbell's first four seasons, the swimming and diving program has produced two Senior Scholar-Athletes of the Year in Gwen Haley and Gruber.
Coaching at Evansville
Campbell, the 2000 Missouri Valley Conference Men's and Women's Swimming Coach of the Year, led several athletes to success at the national level and helped the Evansville program reach new heights. Impressively, the Purple Eagles established school records in all 19 men's and women's events while Campbell was at the helm of the program in 1998. Those top marks included 12 Missouri Valley Conference records. During his four year tenure at Evansville, his squads were named Academic All-America by the CSCAA all eight semesters.
Prior to his appointment at Evansville, Campbell served as an assistant men's coach at the University of Minnesota from 1995-98. During his time in Minneapolis, the Golden Gophers captured Big Ten Conference titles in 1996 and 1998 while earning top-15 finishes all three years at the NCAA Championships. Campbell served as the head coach of the men's and women's programs at West Virginia Wesleyan from 1993-95 and directed that school into a top 10 NAIA program in just two years. He was named the NAIA Swimming Coach of the Year in 1995.
Campbell competed as a professional triathlete for seven years before his coaching career began. After turning professional at the age of 19, he became one of the most consistent top-10 finishers on the pro circuit. During his career, Campbell was self-coached. He was the 1986 National Long Course Champion and the 1990 runner-up at the United States Triathlon Series National Championship. Campbell received a Bachelor's degree from Kansas in 1993, and a Master's in physical education/coaching from West Virginia University in 1995. Campbell and his wife, Cassie, have three children, Canaan,Cierra and Claire.