Now in his 11th season as the Youngstown State softball head coach, Brian Campbell has continually raised the bar for success and is determined to turn the Penguins softball program into one of the Horizon League's elite programs.
Campbell, the 2012 Horizon League Coach of the Year, was named the ninth Head Coach of the Youngstown State softball program in June 2008 and became the program's all-time wins leader after collecting his 208th win at Youngstown State on March 10, 2018, with an 11-5 win over North Carolina A&T. Campbell also collected the 500th win of his career on April 10, 2018, with a 2-1 victory over Northern Kentucky.
In 10 seasons, Campbell, who has an overall career record of 511-409-2, has sparked a rejuvenation in the program. YSU has averaged 26 wins over of the past seven seasons and won 30 games three times in the past five seasons. The Guins have won 29-or-more games in four of the last seven seasons, and have won at least 25 games in a year in three straight seasons for the first time in school history.
Under his leadership, he has helped lead the Guins to the five-highest team batting averages in school history - .318 in 2016, .313 in 2012, .296 in 2010, .294 in 2011 and .288 in 2015. During Campbell's tenure, the Guins have also scored six of the top seven single-season run totals in school history with 318 in 2016 (first), 279 in 2012 (second), 240 in 2015 (third), 227 in 2018 (fifth) 217 in 2010 (sixth) and 216 in 2011 (seventh).
Campbell, who has won 182 games in the last seven seasons, enters the 2019 season with 226 wins at Youngstown State and has won 26.8 games per year over the since 2014.
Last season, Campbell guided the Penguins to 25 wins for the third consecutive season, which is a first in school history. Youngstown State also won 14 games in Horizon League play and finished in the top three for the third consecutive season. Over the last three seasons, Youngstown State has won 46 games in Horizon League play.
From April 13 to April 28, the Penguins won nine straight games, which is tied for the second-longest winning streak in school history.
Lexi Zappitelli was named All-Horizon League First-Team after batting .413 with 13 doubles, three triples, two home runs and 22 RBIs. Zappitelli, who became just the eighth player in school history to back above .400, ranks sixth on the YSU single-season batting average list. She ranked in the top 10 in seven different Horizon League statistical categories.
Maddi Lusk, Elle Buffenbarger and Yazmine Romero were all named to the All-Horizon League Secondt-Team, while Buffenbarger and Romero were named to the All-Freshman Team. Buffenbarger collected 132 strikeouts while Romero led the team and ranked second in the Horizon League with 66 hits.
In 2017, Youngstown State posted an overall record of 31-28 and marked the first time in school history the program recorded consecutive 30-win seasons. YSU won 30 games in 2016. During the season, the Penguins won nine straight games between March 22 and April 1, which tied for the second longest streak in school history.
YSU finished second in the Horizon League with a record of 17-7 and set a school mark for most wins in league play. The Penguins also won their final 12 games against league foes and advanced to the Horizon League Championship game for the second time in five seasons.
Hannah Lucas was named All-Horizon League First-Team after leading the team with a .339 overall batting average and a .416 average against Horizon League foes. Lusk was named the Horizon League Co-Freshman of the Year and All-Horizon League Second-Team after picking up 17 wins and batting .281.
Cali Mikovich and Brittney Moffatt were also named to the All-Horizon League Second-Team. Mikovich and Lusk were also named to the all-tournament team.
Sarah Dowd, an all-tournament team selection and an academic all-district choice, finished her career as YSU's all-time home run and runs batted in league with 37 and 130, respectively.
In 2016, rewrote the softball offensive record book breaking seven team records. YSU set records for highest team batting average (.318), most runs (318), hits (456), doubles (79), home runs (51), grand slams (7), and runs batted in (285).
During the course of the year, the Penguins, who won 23 of their final 33 games, owned an eight-game winning streak from March 22 to April 1. That consecutive-game win streak tied for the third longest in school history.
Mikovich was named second-team NFCA Midwest All-Region Team while Miranda Castiglione was third-team honoree. Castiglione became the first player in school history to be named first-team All-Horizon League in three straight seasons. Mikovich was a first-team all-league honoree for the first time in her career while Dowd is a three-time second-team selection. Dowd was named a third-team CoSIDA Academic All-American.
In 2015, YSU broke the school's single-season home run and stolen base records. The Penguins belted 40 home runs, which eclipsed the old mark of 39. They also stole 76 bases, which broke the previous mark of 65 set in 1992. Additionally, the 240 runs scored and 210 runs batted in rank as the second most in school history while the Penguins' .288 team batting average is the fourth highest on the single-season list.
In 2014, Campbell led the Penguins to the program's second 30-win season and a third-place finish in the Horizon League.
During the season, Campbell reached two head-coaching milestones. He won his 100th game at Youngstown State with a 6-5 win over UNC-Wilmington on March 11. He also won his 400th career game after a 5-3 victory over Dayton on April 21.
The 2014 senior class also accumulated 100 wins, which are the third most over a four-year period.
Pitcher Casey Crozier turned in a record-breaking senior season in the circle. Crozier was named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Year winning 19 games and setting the Youngstown State single-season strikeout record with 196. Her 19 victories were a career-best and rank second on the single-season list. Crozier, a 2014 NFCA All-Midwest Region Second-Team selection, also became Youngstown State's all-time leader with 60 career wins, 565 career strikeouts and 674.1 career innings pitched.
Castiglione turned in one of the best offensive season's in school history and was the Horizon League Co-Player of the Year.
Castiglione batted .395 with 70 hits, 10 doubles, 10 home runs, 33 runs batted in and set the YSU single-season record with 43 runs scored. In 2015 she set a new school mark with 29 stolen bases. A 2014 NFCA All-Midwest Region Second-Team pick, Castiglione became just the third player to collected 70 hits in a season to go along with her .395 batting average.
Dowd posted an impressive rookie campaign and was named the Horizon League's Freshman of the Year and All-Horizon League Second-Team. Courtney Ewing and Sarah Ingalls each capped their careers with impressive senior campaigns. Ewing and Ingalls were both named All-Horizon League Second-Team.
Samantha Snodgrass earned Horizon League All-Tournament Team honors for the second straight year after batting .500 with two home runs in the postseason.
In 2013, Campbell led the Penguins to the Horizon League Tournament Championship Game and they were a victory shy of making the NCAA Regional Tournament.
Snodgrass batted .361 and was named All-Horizon League First-Team and All-Tournament. Sarah Gabel and Ewing each posted career best batting averaged of .315 and .307, respectively. Vicky Rumph became the Penguins career RBI leader with 123.
Crozier posted a career-best 16 victories and guided the Penguins to Horizon League Tournament Championship Game. Crozier was also an All-Horizon League Second-Team and All-Tournament Team selection.
From winning just eight games in his first year in 2009, Campbell led the Penguins to 29 victories in 2012.
In 2012, the Penguins set new offensive records for highest batting average (.313), most runs (279), most hits (428) and most runs batted in (241).
After leading the Penguins to a 29-21-1 record and a fourth-place finish in the Horizon League, Campbell was named the league 2012 Coach of the Year. The 29 wins tied for the second most in school history and marked the first time since 2003 and 2004 that YSU won at least 20 games in consecutive seasons.
Haley Thomas set the single-season hits record with 72 and Jordan Ingalls moved into second on the list with 70. The old record of 64 was set by Amanda Berry in 2004. Thomas also became YSU's all-time hits leader 233 while Ingalls moved into third with 228. The duo of Thomas (.431) and Ingalls (.405) also became the only two players in school history to bat above .400 in the same season.
Rumph was named second-team All-Horizon League and Kayla Haslett was selected to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team. Rumph was also named Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America Third-Team.
Crozier became the first pitcher to win more than 10 games in each of her first two season after posting 13 victories in 2012. Her 127 strikeouts rank third on the single-season list and she already ranks four on the all-time chart with 224.
In 2011, Campbell led the Guins to its first 20-win season since 2006.
Jordan Ingalls led the Horizon League with a .385 batting average and was named to the All-Horizon League First-Team and Kim Klonowski earned All-Horizon League Second-Team honors.
Ingalls was also a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District IV Third-Team selection while Rumph earned Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District IV First-Team honors.
Campbell, who posted his 300th career victory on April 4, 2010.
In 2010, Campbell guided the Penguins to one of their best offensive seasons in school history and nearly doubled their win total from the previous season. The Penguins set the school record for highest team batting average (.296) and most hits in a season (402) and tied the school mark for most home runs in a season (39).
The Guins also scored the second-highest number of runs in school history (217) and also drove in the second-highest number of runs (188) in a season.
Rumph was named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team after batting .327 with 26 runs batted and tying for the team lead with eight home runs. Thomas led the team with a .370 batting average with 10 doubles, six triples and eight home runs, and her .648 slugging percentage was the fourth-highest single-season mark in school history.
In 2009, Kim Klonowski was named to the All-Horizon League Second-Team after posting a .329 batting average with 10 doubles, eight home runs and 32 runs batted in.
From 2010-12, Campbell served a two-year team on the NFCA Division I Head Coaches Committee to represent the Horizon League. He also served a three-year term on the NCAA Regional Softball Rankings Committee for the Mideast Region from 2010-13.
Campbell, who spent eight years as head coach and 12 years overall working with the Lady Dragons' softball program, posted an impressive 285-129-1 overall record and a .688 winning percentage during his tenure.
Campbell transitioned Tiffin into an NCAA Division II program from the NAIA, and in its first season as an NCAA Division II, Independent the Dragons finished with a 27-14-1 record. Tiffin was ranked as high as 32nd in the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association (NFCA) national polls in 2008 while moving as high as 13th in the NAIA national rankings in 2007.
Campbell, who has averaged 36 wins per season, was named American Midwest Conference (AMC) North Coach of the Year in 2007 for the third consecutive season after leading the Dragons to a 37-11 mark, a Region IX Championship and their second straight appearance in the NAIA National Softball Tournament.
In 2006, Campbell guided Tiffin to an impressive 57-11 overall record and the program's first Region IX title and first NAIA National Tournament appearance.
Campbell led Tiffin to four-consecutive AMC North Championships from 2004 to 2007 and the AMC Championship in 2002 with a 25-3 conference record and a 31-17 overall mark.
During the 2005 campaign, the Dragons compiled a 34-22 overall mark and an 11-1 conference record on the way to their third conference title in four years.
Campbell led Tiffin to a perfect 14-0 conference record and a 39-15 overall mark during the 2004 AMC North Championship season.
The Dragons earned conference runner-up honors in 2003 with a 33-20 overall mark and a 16-4 league record. They won their first league title in 2002 after posting a 25-3 conference record and a 31-17 overall mark.
After four seasons as an assistant coach, Campbell took over the Tiffin program in 2001 and posted a 27-19 overall record.
Campbell has coached 39 all-conference selections, including 2007 Region and Conference Pitcher of the Year Krista Sowers, 2006 AMC North Player of the Year Kristina Schweikert, 2005 AMC North Player of the Year Denita Robinson, 2005 AMC North Pitcher of the Year and 2004 AMC North Player of the Year Rachel Richardson and 2002 AMC Player of the Year Kate Siroky.
He served as a national rater for softball for the NFCA Division II Top 25 poll and was a member of the NFCA Division II Head Coaches Committee.
Campbell, who also served as Assistant Athletic Director, is a 1994 graduate of Tiffin University with a degree in criminal justice. He also has a master's degree in criminal justice from Tiffin. He was inducted into the Tiffin Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.
Campbell played for the Tiffin football team from 1990-94 on the offensive line, helping to lead the Dragons to their first-ever National Tournament appearance.
He also served as an assistant football coach from 1997-2000 and was an assistant coach at Newark High School.
He has a daughter named Courtney.