South Alabama names new football coach

(image: USA Jags) South Alabama to announce new football coach

MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) -- South Alabama has named its second head coach in program history.

Steve Campbell resume includes three national championships as both a student-athlete and coach and a career .750 winning percentage.

After a four-year stint at Central Arkansas, Campbell replaces Joey Jones only head coach in the program's 10-year history.

Campbell guided the Bears to 33-15 mark including a record of 24-3 in the Southland Conference the last three seasons, during which time the Bears have finished no lower than second in the league standings.

This fall UCA went 10-2 and claimed the conference title with a 9-0 mark to earn the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

In addition to being named the Southland Coach of the Year, the Bears claimed four of the league's other six individual awards, with 10 first-team all-conference selections and another 10 individuals picking up second-team and honorable mention recognition.

In 19 seasons as a head coach, Campbell — who was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2014, and also served as the President of the NJCAA Coaches Association in 2012 — has never guided a team that finished with a losing record while compiling a 159-53 overall mark.

Campbell will be formally introduced at a 1 p.m. press conference on Friday, which will be held in the team room at the football field house on the South Alabama campus. The event will be open to the general public, and will also be available on the web via

The Jaguars finished the 2017 season 4-8 overall, 3-5 in the Sun Belt Conference. A total of nine Jaguars earned all-league honors on Wednesday, highlighted by the announcement of senior safety Jeremy Reaves as the SBC Defensive Player of the Year.

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