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Steve Campbell prepares to enter his sixth season on the UMBC coaching staff, after joining head coach Leslie Wray and the Retrievers at the start of her tenure in January of 2012. The coaching duo has helped the team to post a pair of top-two finishes in the America East standings, back-to-back-to-back appearances in the America East tournament and consecutive winning records (2013-2014) for just the second time in program history.
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 that season, 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.
The 2014 squad continued to make its mark on the program’s record book, registering the lowest number of losses in its history, in addition to its defense allowing the fewest number of goals (12) in the program’s 27 years. The 2014 Retrievers received national recognition for their efforts both on the field and in the classroom, ranking as high as No. 6 in the Northeast Region by the NSCAA, as well as receiving the NSCAA Team Academic Award for a combined 3.0 GPA or higher.
Under Wray and Campbell’s tutelage, the Retrievers have garnered 11 America East All-Conference selections, four All-Rookie Team honors and six All-Academic Team recipients over the past four years, in addition to three major awards. On the national level, the team saw its first players receive national attention for work on the field, (All-Region distinctions), in the classroom, (an Academic All-America honor), and in the community, (recognition by the Wooden Citizenship Cup committee).
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 two USYSA Region I championships, three 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 seven years. The girls program is an inaugural member of the prestigious ECNL Elite Clubs National League. He currently coaches the Maryland United ECNL U13 Girls and serves as the club’s Associate Technical Director.
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, and a son, Ryan. They currently reside in Ellicott City, Md.