Long considered one of the top assistant coaches in the nation, Shawn
Campbell has been instrumental in player development at the University of
Virginia for the last 14 seasons. As UVa's guards coach, Campbell has
developed players such as two-time consensus National Player of the Year and
Olympic Team member Dawn Staley and All-Americans Tammi Reiss and Tonya
Cardoza. In the three years he coached the post players, he worked with
two-time All-American and ACC Player of the Year Wendy Palmer. Many players,
such as Heather and Heidi Burge, Lesley Brown and DeMya Walker have gone on
to play professional basketball.
Campbell's role as assistant coach has helped the Cavaliers' construct a
string of 15 consecutive NCAA Tournament bids during his tenure. In those 15
years, Virginia has been to the Final Four in 1991, 1992 and 1993, the Final
Eight in 1995 and 1996 and the Sweet Sixteen 10 times in the last 13 years.
In addition to his on-court responsibilities, Campbell is responsible for
Virginia's recruiting and scouting. As recruiting coordinator, he, along
with the rest of the coaching staff, consistently brings some of the premier
high school players in the country to play at Virginia. For most of the
1990s, Campbell was responsible for engineering some of the toughest
out-of-conference schedules in the nation which helped prepare the Cavaliers
to successfully compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA
Prior to coming to Virginia, Campbell coached and played at Trenton State
College. He was a graduate assistant for women's basketball under Mika Ryan.
As a player, he helped TSC to a Top Ten national ranking and the school's
first ever NCAA Tournament appearance in his senior year. He graduated with
a bachelor of science degree in health and physical education in 1982 and
received a master's degree in athletic administration in 1985.
Campbell is married to the former Terri Dadio of Bethlehem, Pa. She is the
head volleyball and women's basketball coach at Washington and Lee
University in Lexington, Va. The couple lives in Waynesboro, Va.
My hobby is: running.
My favorite food is: pasta.
My favorite TV shows are: Ally McBeal, ER.
My favorite sports figure is: Phil Jackson.
The best thing about being a coach is: being in touch with tomorrow's
My primary inspiration in sports is: my dad and Terri, my wife.
My advice to youngsters is: to enjoy yourself.
The best thing about the University of Virginia is: the the entire student
If I were not coaching, I would be: running my own company.
The most important thing I learned in college: to take responsibility for my
The best advice I've ever received: is from my wife who said "enjoy every
day of your life."