In terms of wins and losses, Jeff Campbell has been the most successful coach at CSUN over the past 11 years. Campbell has posted 184 wins (over 16 wins per season) since the 2004 season which is quite an accomplishment considering the Matadors play in the toughest men’s volleyball conference in the country. He heads into his 18th season as the all-time winningest coach in CSUN men’s volleyball history with 253 career victories.
The Matadors made more history in 2010 becoming just the second Northridge team, and first since 1993, to reach the NCAA Tournament. Coming off their ninth consecutive postseason appearance in 2010, the Matadors won 23 matches for the second time in the last three seasons and finished tied for second in the MPSF, their highest finish ever. Northridge also earned its seventh consecutive top 10 national ranking (third). The remarkable 2010 season saw Northridge reach the MPSF Tournament championship for the first time since 1993. Behind the All-America performances of seniors Kevin McKniff and Jacek Ratajczak, the Matadors posted one the finest seasons in Northridge history.
In all, Campbell has been instrumental in 16 players earning All-America honors and has had 31 players earn All-MPSF honors since 1998. Northridge has also been one of the team leaders in MPSF All-Academic honors. In 2006, Cal State Northridge had a record eight student-athletes garner MPSF Academic All-Conference honors, the most of any of the 12 schools in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The Matadors have now had an impressive 42 student-athletes earn All-Academic honors in the last eight seasons.
Campbell and the Matadors got a taste of postseason success for the first time in 2005. That season, Northridge matched the 2004 team in terms of win total (19), its highest since 1993. Along the way, the Matadors claimed postseason wins over No. 7 Stanford at home and stunned No. 2 UCLA on the road. In 2005, Northridge wound up with its second straight No. 6 national ranking and Campbell joined the 100-win club with a 3-0 win over 15th-ranked George Mason on Mar. 16.
After the Matadors peaked with a #3 national ranking in 1991 and a spot in the 1993 NCAA Championship match under Price, Campbell has taken over and steadily led the Matadors back towards the top. After being out of the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll from 1998 to 1999, the Matadors have been ranked in the Top 15 virtually every week since then.
The 2000 squad put Matador volleyball back on the map. Although it finished under .500 with a 12-14 record, Northridge reached a #10 national ranking in the Feb. 29 USA Today/AVCA Poll and a #9 national ranking by Volleyball Magazine on Mar. 27. The Matadors defeated UCLA on Feb. 17, for their first win over the Bruins since 1992. 1999 turned out to be a rebuilding year for Campbell and the Matadors as they struggled through a 3-21 season. As the team's interim head coach in 1998, Campbell led the Matadors to a 10-14 overall record, which included upsets of nationally ranked teams such as No. 10 UC Santa Barbara, No. 10 Loyola Marymount, No. 12 Southern California, No. 12 Pacific and No. 15 San Diego State.
Campbell became just the third head coach in the 26-year history of the program when he was named the interim coach on Aug. 7, 1997. Following a national search, Campbell was hired officially to the post on April 8, 1998.
A former Matador player, Campbell joined the Matador coaching staff in 1991 and served as an assistant coach for seven years.
In addition to his assistant coaching duties for the Matadors (1991-97), Campbell served as one of the assistants to U.S. National Team Head Coach Fred Sturm at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Ga., and as the assistant coach for both the U.S. National "B" Team that toured Italy in the summer of 1994 and the U.S. Olympic Festival-'93 in San Antonio, Texas.
From 1992 to 1997, he also handled the head coaching duties of the Occidental College women's volleyball team, directing the Tigers to the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference postseason playoffs four times.
In 1986, Campbell began his coaching career as an assistant for the Chatsworth High School boys' volleyball team. From 1989-91, he served as the head girls' volleyball coach at Newbury Park High School. The Panthers posted a three-year overall mark of 33-17 under Campbell and qualified for the CIF playoffs all three seasons. Campbell concluded his high school tenure with a career record of 45-20 in four seasons. As a volleyball player, Campbell played two years at Chatsworth High School where he was a two-time West Valley League Most Valuable Player. He also lettered two years in basketball for the Chancellors. Campbell garnered All-Valley Conference accolades in both seasons and was the team's captain as a senior.
After graduating from Chatsworth High School in 1984, Campbell played one season at UCLA and earned second team United States Volleyball Association All-American honors before coming to Cal State Northridge. He was the Matadors' captain and earned second team All-American and All-Western Intercollegiate Volleyball Association honors during the 1988 season.
Campbell played in 86 games of 24 matches and had 358 kills, 214 digs, 23 assists and 17 aces for Northridge during the 1988 campaign. He currently ranks tied for third in block solos (36) and fourth in digs per game average (2.49) on the single-season lists.
Campbell spent nine years (1991-1999) as the promoter and coordinator of the Cal State Northridge Grass Volleyball Series. He also played for the 1984 U.S. Junior National Pacific Rim team that toured China. In 1987, he was a member of the U.S. National Team that competed at the World Games in Yugoslavia.
A native of Chatsworth, Calif., the 6-7 former middle blocker graduated with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology at Cal State Northridge in 1992. A member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association, Campbell and his wife Robin have three children, Liam, Anna and Brendan and reside in Northridge.