Justin Haire was named the 10th Head Coach of Campbell Baseball (senior college era) on June 6, 2014. He will be entering his second season at the helm of the program after spending seven seasons as recruiting coordinator, assistant coach, and eventually associate head coach under former skipper Greg Goff.
Haire’s first team wasted no time breaking into the record books in 2015. The Fighting Camels set the mark for the best start in program history by winning 17 or their first 19 contests, en route to establishing Haire as the winningest first year head coach in program history by posting 32 victories. Those 32 wins are tied for the fifth most victories in a season in the program’s 53-year history.
2015 marked the Camels' fourth straight season of 30 or more wins, the first time that has ever happened in the history of the program, and Campbell ranks 17th (out of 299) in the country in total wins over that time. And for the fourth straight year, the Camels made an appearance in the top-30 of at least one national poll, another first for the program.
In Haire's first season at the helm, Campbell led the Big South in ERA (3.48) for the second time in three seasons, and ranked second in team batting average (.297). CU also boasted 32 home runs, the most by a Campbell team since 2010, and led the league in stolen bases for the fourth consecutive season.
Five Camels earned All-Big South honors, with Cole Hallum earning Big South Player of the Year, and went on to garner Third Team Louisville Slugger All-American honors. Matt Parrish earned his second-consecutive Academic All-America accolade, also collecting Second Team All-Big South merits at designated hitter.
The record-setting continued that June, as three Camels were selected in the 2015 MLB Draft, the most in a single year in program history. Cedric Mullins (13th round, Baltimore Orioles), Steven Leonard (23rd round, Colorado Rockies) and Heath Bowers (24th round, Oakland Athletics), were all drafted after having never been drafted previously in their career, continuing a trend of development that Haire and his staff have demonstrated since arriving in Buies Creek.
Since 2012, the Camels own 163 wins, averaging nearly 41 per year, with eight All-America selections, four Academic All-Americans, nine MLB contracts, 25 all-conference picks, as well as an outstanding 3.02 team GPA.FULL BIO - click here
Chris Marx begins his second season as an assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator at Campbell University.
In Marx's first season in Buies Creek, the Camels belted 32 home runs, the most by a Campbell team since 2010. Cole Hallum was named Big South Player of the Year and Third Team Louisville Slugger All-American, and a record three Camels were selected in the 2015 MLB Draft, including Cedric Mullins (13th round, Baltimore Orioles), Steven Leonard (23rd round, Colorado Rockies) and Heath Bowers (24th round, Oakland Athletics).
Five Camels were named All-Big South, including Hallum's Player of the Year and First Team selection. Marx also guided Cedric Mullins (outfield), Steven Leonard (catcher) and Matt Parrish (designated hitter) to all-conference accolades.
Marx came to Campbell from Arkansas-Little Rock where he served as an assistant coach for three seasons. Marx was promoted to interim head coach of the Trojans on June 9, 2014 after the resignation of Scott Norwood.
Jeff Steele enters his second season as Campbell's pitching coach.
In his first season in Buies Creek, Steele guided Campbell to a Big South best 3.48 ERA, while senior righty Heath Bowers became the program's all-time wins and strikeouts leader. Bowers was one of a record three Camels selected in the 2015 MLB Draft, with the Oakland Athletics picking the CU product in the 24th round.
Steele came to Campbell after three seasons as Central Oklahoma's associate head coach.
Tyler Robinson is in his second year as director of baseball operations at Campbell University.
Robinson came to Campbell from Brunswick Community College, where he served as the Dolphins’ pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
Campbell posted its fourth-straight 30-win season in Robinson's first year, with five Camels earning All-Big South honors. Cole Hallum was named Third Team All-American and Big South Player of the Year, while Matt Parrish earned his second-consecutive Academic All-America accolade.
A record three Camels were selected in the 2015 MLB Draft, including Cedric Mullins (13th round, Baltimore Orioles), Steven Leonard (23rd round, Colorado Rockies) and Heath Bowers (24th round, Oakland Athletics).
After helping Miami to an appearance in the 2015 College World Series, Michael DeLucia returns to the Campbell coaching staff.
DeLucia will serve as the Camels' volunteer assistant, working primarily with the CU catchers.
DeLucia also coached Miami's catchers in 2015, also assisting with the offense. The top-rated Miami offense led the country with 8.16 runs per game, hitting .307 with a .417 on-base percentage.
In his first season on the Campbell coaching staff in 2014, the Camels crossed the 40-win mark for the third-straight season on their way to the program's first NCAA appearance since 1990, claiming the Big South Tournament Championship.
Campbell again ranked in the nation's top-50 in wins (41, 35th), hit by pitch (122, 2nd), sacrifice bunts (66, 25th), shutouts (6, 40th) and stolen bases (80, 41st). Individually, Steven Leonard, drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 2015 MLB Draft, started 54 games behind the plate for the Camels, earning Big South All-Tournament team accolades.
DeLucia enjoyed a successful two year career behind the plate for the Camels from 2012-13, owning a career .300 average in 90 games after transferring from Brevard Community College. As a senior, the catcher hit .316 with 30 RBI, 21 runs scored, five doubles, four triples and two home runs, earning NCCSIA First Team All-State accolades and a spot on the Johnny Bench Award Watch List.
During his senior season with the Camels, CU finished 49-10, winning the Big South's North Division Championship and runner-up in the league's championship game, setting a school record for wins.
DeLucia graduated from Campbell in 2013 with a degree in criminal justice.