Steve Campbell enters his third season on the UMBC coaching staff, after joining head coach Leslie Wray and the Retrievers in January of 2012.
Campbell was a member of the 2013 America East Coaching Staff of the Year that helped to guide the Retrievers to an unforgettable season. The Retrievers, who posted the third-biggest turnaround among Division I women’s soccer programs, broke their way into the record books with a program-best 13 wins and posted the biggest-turnaround in America East history en route to their first-ever regular-season title. UMBC continued its success into the postseason, earning its first-ever conference tournament crown and a berth to the program’s first NCAA Tournament.
Under the UMBC women’s soccer staff’s tutelage, the Retrievers garnered five America East All-Conference selections, in addition to the program’s first major award winner since joining the league in Co-Midfielder of the Year Jessy Brown. The red-shirt junior was also recognized on a national-level, earning Eastern College Athletic Association (ECAC) All-Star Second Team honors and NSCAA All-Region Third Team recognition.
The Retrievers’ success was not limited to the field in 2013, as Brown and sophomore back Nikki Boretti became the third and fourth members of the program to earn spots on the league’s All-Academic Team. Brown also added a selection to the NSCAA University Division Women’s Scholar All-East Region Second Team. The squad also participated in Headers for Hope, which raised between 15 and 18 thousand dollars for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, as well as selling shirts for the team’s annual Fight in Pink game, with proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen fund.
Campbell has years of experience at both the collegiate and youth level. The native of Derbyshire, England served as a volunteer men’s soccer assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Maryland from 1996-98. In his last two seasons, the Terrapins won the ACC Tournament Championship and then made it to the 1998 NCAA Final Four.
He returned to Maryland in 2001 and spent four seasons as assistant coach for the women’s program. The team reached the NCAA Tournament in 2001, 2002 and 2003, reaching the second round in his second campaign.
Moreover, since his graduation from Maryland in 1996, Campbell has coached several youth girls programs in the state of Maryland. From 1996-98 and in 2000, he was the coach of the Maryland Olympic Development Program (ODP) U-13 team. In 1999, he coached the Maryland ODP U-19 team and in 2001, he was hired as an ODP Region 1 staff coach. He also served as the head coach of the Bethesda Dragons club team from 1998-2003. With the Dragons, Campbell helped his team to numerous honors including winning 2 USYSA Region I championships, 3 Maryland State championships and a No. 1 team national ranking and had five players selected for US Soccer Youth National Team programs.
From 2006-13, Campbell served as the Director of Coaching and ECNL Director for Maryland United FC, formerly Freestate Soccer Alliance. He was instrumental in helping lead the club to new heights and gaining national recognition in the youth soccer landscape. Players were represented in youth Regional and National Team programs and the boys’ and girls’ club teams have captured a total of seven State Cup championships in the last five years. The girls program is an inaugural member of the prestigious ECNL Elite Clubs National League. He currently coaches the Maryland United North U12 Girls.
Campbell also coached boys’ youth soccer from 2003-2008, leading Bethesda-Freestate United to three USYSA Region 1 titles.
Since 2000, he has also served as the Director of Total Soccer Training LLC, specializing in individual, group and team training clinics and camps, and is part of the US Club Soccer id2 program coaching staff.
Campbell played 49 games as a midfielder with the Terps from 1992-96. He lettered on three teams that reached the NCAA Round of 16 in 1994,1995 and 1996.
Campbell holds a USSF National “A” coaching license. He played for Derby County F.C. youth team and was a member of the England U-18 Schoolboy National Pool before arriving in the U.S. on a full athletic scholarship to the University of Maryland.
In 1998, he married Nicole Lefcourt, a 1995 Maryland graduate and gymnastic standout for the Terrapins. The couple has a daughter, Danielle (11), and son, Ryan (nine). They currently reside in Ellicott City, Md.