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Louis Campbell
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Arkansas
Graduating Year: 1973
Experience: 1st Year
Email: lcampbell@athletics.msstate.edu

Sylvester Croom again drew on his experience in the Southeastern Conference and the relationships he and his staff have developed with top-flight coaches around the league when he named Louis Campbell as his linebackers coach this past offseason.

Campbell comes to Starkville with extensive ties to Croom and two members of the Bulldog coaching staff, and after 18 years of football service to Arkansas. His experience in the SEC is even longer.

A native of Hamburg, Ark., Campbell worked in Fayetteville, Ark., from 1990-2007. He served in various capacities with the Razorbacks, working as the school’s secondary coach, director of football operations, or assistant athletic director for internal football operations during that time. He served eight seasons as a Razorback assistant coach under Jack Crowe, Joe Kines and Danny Ford, adding the title of assistant head coach under Ford prior to the 1996 season. Campbell switched to director of football operations prior to the 1998 season.

Campbell returned to the practice and game field in 2006, coaching Arkansas’ secondary. He helped UA win the SEC’s Western Division title, play in the SEC Championship Game, and earn a spot in the Capital One Bowl. Arkansas finished 10-4 and ranked No. 15 in the nation that year. Prior to that season, his last assignment on the field came at the end of the 1999 regular season. Then-Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt asked Campbell to coach the secondary against Texas in the Cotton Bowl. In that game, he helped direct an Arkansas defensive unit that held the Longhorns to negative rushing yards (-27) for the first time in the Texas program’s history as UA posted a 27-6 victory.

During that long stretch in Fayetteville, Campbell worked with current Bulldog assistant coaches Rockey Felker (1993-96) and J.B. Grimes (1990-92) on Razorback coaching staffs.

Campbell, a 1973 Arkansas graduate, began his coaching career that year with a four-season stint at Alabama under head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. It was in Tuscaloosa, Ala., that Campbell first developed a relationship with Croom. The MSU head coach played his junior and senior seasons (1973 and ’74) and served as a graduate assistant (1976) on Crimson Tide staffs that included Campbell.

A three-year term as defensive backs coach at Southern Methodist University (1977-79) immediately preceded a five-year run back at Alabama. He was reunited with Croom upon his return and the two worked together all five years. Felker, State’s running backs coach, also served on the UA staff those final two years (1983-84).

Campbell helped the Crimson Tide to eight bowl games in nine years during those two tours of duty at Alabama. The 1973 squad finished 11-1 and earned a No. 1 final ranking from United Press International.

In 1985, Campbell began a four-year stint as defensive coordinator and defensive secondary coach at Oklahoma State. He helped the Cowboys to three bowl appearances during those four seasons in Stillwater, Okla. Prior to launching his extensive tenure in Fayetteville, Campbell worked one year as a defensive assistant with the National Football League’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1989). Croom was the running back coach for the Bucs on that ’89 Buc staff.

Campbell has accompanied teams to 20 bowl games in his 34 years as a collegiate coach and football administrator.

A three-year letterman as a defensive back at Arkansas, his 12 career interceptions are still tied for third all-time at the school, and his three pass thefts against Tennessee in the 1971 Liberty Bowl are a Razorback bowl record.

He earned his undergraduate degree in education at UA in 1973. Campbell, 58, is married to the former Ila Murphy. The couple has a daughter, Caroline, and two sons, Shepard and Steadman. Shepard coaches defensive backs at Tennessee-Martin and Steadman coaches the secondary at North Alabama.


Playing Career
- Played three years (1970-72) at Arkansas as a defensive back
- Had a Liberty Bowl record three interceptions in the 1971 postseason game

Coaching Career
- 1973-74: Graduate Assistant, University of Alabama 
- 1975-76: Assistant Coach, University of Alabama 
- 1977-79: Defensive Backs Coach, Southern Methodist University 
- 1980-84: Assistant Coach, University of Alabama
- 1985-88: Defensive Coordinator/Secondary, Oklahoma State University 
- 1989: Assistant Coach, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- 1990-2007: Various Positions, University of Arkansas
- 2008-present: Linebackers Coach, Mississippi State University

Notable
Began coaching career in 1973 under legendary Paul "Bear" Bryant ... Served as director of football operations from 1998-2005 and again in 2007 ... Coached Arkansas’ secondary in 2006 as the Raozorbacks won the SEC West ... Has accompanied teams to 20 bowl games in 31 years of coaching.

 

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