Youngstown State head volleyball coach Aline Scott announced Monday that Calaeb Campbell has joined her staff as the Penguins' top assistant coach.
Campbell spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Southeast Missouri where he focused on the Redhawks' liberos and defense.
"I am grateful and excited to have Calaeb join our YSU volleyball family," Scott said. "His work ethic and enthusiasm for the game will help to challenge our players while still allowing him to connect with them. We have a shared vision on how to train and develop players, and I know his ability to connect with recruits will help us tremendously."
"I am extremely excited to be joining the athletic program at YSU," Campbell said. "I want to thank Ron Strollo, Elaine Jacobs, and Aline Scott for the opportunity to join the Penguins family. I am eager to get in the gym and begin training as I know that great things are heading to Youngstown State Volleyball."
At SEMO, Campbell helped the Redhawks rank fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference with 16.85 digs per set in his first year. Senior libero Jade Mortimer ranked fourth individually in the conference with 4.61 digs per set and 525 total digs. The Redhawks experienced a four-win improvement in 2017 in what was Campbell's second season.
In addition to serving as the position coach for liberos, defensive specialists and secondary passers, Campbell was charged with overseeing the program's daily operations, practice planning and team travel. He was heavily involved with the design and distribution of the team's gear in addition to helping with recruiting and developing marketing strategies to increase attendance at matches and team camps.
Prior to his two-year stint at Southeast Missouri, Campbell spent 14 months as a volunteer assistant coach at Tennessee Tech. He was responsible for demonstrating and running a variety of team and position-specific drills. He also aided heavily in student-athlete physical fitness. TTU finished the season ranked second in the league in digs per set with 16.60 and held opponents to a .208 hitting percentage, which ranked fifth in the OVC.
Before his experience in the OVC, Campbell coached at the club and high school levels. He was the head coach of the MidTN Volleyball Club out of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and he spent nearly three years as a site director and coach with the Ethos Volleyball Club. His high school experience included a season at Hume-Fogg Academic High School in Nashville, Tenn. and three years assisting the staff at Cookeville High School.
Campbell, a native of Spencer, Tenn., is a 2013 graduate of Tennessee Tech with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Multidisciplinary Studies and Exercise Science. Throughout his undergrad, Campbell played club volleyball at Tennessee Tech. He served as the libero for the team and earned Best Defensive Player each season. He also worked closely with the Exercise Science Majors Club to get the team active in the community with various philanthropic activities.