Campbell, in his third full season with the Rockets, has a 25-13 record as head coach. He has led the Rockets to an 8-4 record this season, including a 7-1 mark in Mid-American Conference games. The Rockets earned a share of the MAC West Division title and will play Arkansas State in the GoDaddy Bowl on Jan. 4. Previously Campbell led UT to a 42-41 victory over Air Force in the 2011 Military Bowl in his first game as head coach. In 2012, the Rockets finished 9-4, were ranked in the Top 25 at one point in the season and participated in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
“I’m honored to be the head football coach at this great University, and grateful for the support of Interim President Nagi Naganathan, Mike O’Brien, and the entire UT administrative staff,” said Campbell. “I’m also very thankful for our players, assistant coaches and football support staff. Their effort and enthusiasm are the real reason behind the great success we’ve had since I’ve been involved with the UT football program.”
Campbell served three seasons as UT’s offensive coordinator under former head coach Tim Beckman from 2009-11. He was named head coach for the Rockets on Dec. 12, 2011, becoming the 26th head football coach in school history and the youngest head coach in the NCAA Division I FBS at the time by more than three years.
Campbell, a native of Massillon, OH, played his college football at Mount Union, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 2002. Campbell earned NCAA Division III All-America honors at defensive end in 2001 and 2002, leading the Purple Raiders to national championships in 2000, 2001 and 2002. He returned to coach at Mount Union under legendary head coach Larry Kehres in 2005 and 2006, helping guide the Purple Raiders to two more national titles. Campbell then coached at Bowling Green for two seasons as the offensive line and run-game coordinator before joining the UT staff in 2009.