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Veteran Campbell takes over Seahawks lacrosse team

Veteran Campbell takes over Seahawks lacrosse team
(By Joshua McKerrow, Staff)

Colin Campbell has been successful as a lacrosse player and assistant coach for roughly 20 years. Now, he has the chance to show what he can do as a head coach.

Campbell, an assistant coach for the South River boys lacrosse team last year, was recently hired as the team's head coach. He'll replace Michael Hicks, who stepped down on Dec. 1 after one year.

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"I'm very excited for the opportunity," said Campbell, who has taught social studies at South River for five years. "It's really a great program with a great history. It's nice to be in a place that has such a nice community."

Campbell brings plenty of experience to his first head coaching position. He graduated in 1994 from St. Mary's, where he played for Jim Moorhead. He went on to play at Fairfield University before wrapping up his college career at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Campbell helped establish the lacrosse program at Leonardtown High School. He also coached at Annapolis High, where he helped lead the Panthers to a state title in 2003. He's coached at St. Mary's High and a host of youth teams throughout the county. He's also in his fifth year as the director of the Anne Arundel Youth Lacrosse Club.

"We are excited for Colin to take the boys lacrosse position at South River High School," South River Athletic Director Dave Klingel said. "His energy and knowledge will continue the long history of success in our program."

Campbell takes over a South River team that finished 10-7 last year and fell to Annapolis in the Class 4A/3A East Region Section II final. The Seahawks were coming off a year there they graduated 18 seniors from the team that advanced to the state semifinal and fell to Howard. Campbell expects the team to be young again this year, but several underclassmen who earned valuable playing time last year are back.

"Our numbers are strong. We're going to be young again, but we have a lot of depth," Campbell said. "We had a lot of payback directed at us last year, but I know our guys have that fire. They weren't used to being the underdog. The kids are hungry and they've been working very hard in the offseason."

Hicks stepped down for personal reasons after serving as an assistant coach for 10 years before taking over the program last year. Klingel left open the possibility of Hicks working with the program in some capacity in the future.

"Mike has been a tremendous asset to our boys lacrosse program over the past decade," Klingel said. "I want to make it clear that under no circumstances did we want Mike to step down and he will always have a spot on our staff in the future."

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