SEATTLE – One of the most successful runners in Washington history, Anita Campbell will now transition into the coaching ranks at her alma mater, as Head Coach Greg Metcalf announced Campbell as the newest addition to his staff. Campbell will work with Metcalf in mentoring the Husky distance runners, a program she helped turn into a perennial powerhouse.
It is a proud month for the 2010 grad, as Campbell was recently announced as a Husky Hall of Fame inductee as part of the 2008 women’s cross country team. No student-athlete had a better perspective for Washington’s rise to prominence than Campbell. Her first two seasons she qualified for the NCAA Cross Country Championships as an individual. As a junior in 2007 she was joined by the full team which finished a then-program-best eighth, as Campbell earned her first All-America honor. The next fall everything came together with an undefeated season, one for the history books.
Coach Metcalf knows what Campbell brought to the table as an athlete and expects that to translate well to the coaching world.
“I am thrilled to bring Anita Campbell back into our program,” said Metcalf. “Anita helped set a standard of excellence at Washington, and the program improved every year she was on our campus. As a member of our 2008 national championship team she brings instant credibility. In her own words this is a dream job for Anita. She shares the same goals I do for our program; she wants to be a part of another NCAA title and help to build the next generation of Husky distance runners.”
In addition to that NCAA team title and pending Hall of Fame induction, Campbell was the 2009 Pac-10 Champion at 10,000-meters, and went on to finish third at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships to earn All-America honors on the track. She made the NCAA Outdoor meet all four years, and scored a total of 30 points at the Pac-10 Track Championships. She ranks in the UW top-10 in five events and was the indoor school record-holder in the 5,000-meters for three years.
Campbell was a two-time First Team All-Pac-10 honoree in cross country and one-time Second Teamer. She went four-for-four in All-West Region honors in cross country as well.
A native of Vancouver, B.C., Campbell is married to another Husky standout, two-time NCAA 800-meter Champion Ryan Brown.
Campbell replaces Lauren Denfeld, who chose to pursue opportunities outside of coaching after completing her fourth season.
Campbell's Student-Athlete Bio