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softball coach Anne Campbell has been named the Illinois Coaches Association’s Sectional Coach of the Year for the third time in nine years.
Campbell has coached softball at Plainfield High School for 17 years — the last 10 as head coach. She was also named Sectional Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2008.
Under her leadership, the PHSCC softball team has compiled an impressive record of success. Campbell’s teams have won 241 games against only 98 losses.
This year, the team won the regional championship for the fifth time. That includes three consecutive regional championships in 2006, 2007 and 2008, which was a first for any PHSCC athletic team.
Last spring the PHSCC softball team finished with 27 wins, advancing for the first time ever to the Super Sectional game, which they lost 5-4.
More than just a strong win-loss record, Campbell’s coaching prowess has also earned her the admiration of her peers.
“Anne’s ability to coach is only outweighed by her commitment to integrity and character,” said PHSCC Athletic Director Dave Stephens. “She is a tremendous leader who cares as much about the character of her students as she does about their athletic ability,” Stephens said.
Campbell appreciates the praise, but characteristically emphasized that she is just one cog in a wheel.
“It’s the kids who go out and perform,” Campbell said. “I think a lot of people make (the recognition) a bigger thing than it is, but I do like it because it’s a reflection of the whole team doing well, and I am part of the team.”