Coaches Corner: Shane Campbell

Beautiful sunrise right before a tournament takeoff Media by Chris Brooks

Shane Campbell is a 2018 graduate of McKendree University. While at Mckendree, Campbell received a bachelor’s in marketing. Also at McKendree, he competed on the bass fishing team for 4 years. Campbell is now the current graduate assistant for the Greenville University Bass Fishing team while completing his MBA.

Q: When and how did you become interested in bass fishing competitively?  

A: I really began bass fishing around 6th grade. There was a small lake that I would ride my bike over to most days during the summer and fish all day. I became interested in the competitive side of fishing my freshman year of high school. Since then, I haven’t been able to get enough of it, and I fish tournaments year round now.

Coach Shane Campbell.
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Q: What is the reason you decided to be a fishing coach at Greenville University?

A: Becoming a fishing coach at Greenville was kind of a coincidence, actually. As my family and I were heading back from a college tournament we were looking for jobs I might be interested in, and that’s when we found out Greenville was looking for a fishing coach. It was a great opportunity for me to stay involved with college fishing while working towards my master’s degree.

Q: As a Graduate Assistant what degree are you pursuing to finish school?

A: I am currently working on my MBA.

Q: What is one thing that you want to accomplish as a coach here at Greenville University?

A: I really want to send a team to one of the National Championships. That is something the team has been working towards for a while, and I hope that I can help make it happen. I also want to help recruit some good incoming fishermen to help keep the program running strong.

Q: Who are your biggest influences in fishing? And why?

Campbell during one of the fall qualifiers with a good fish.
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A: I had two good coaches throughout high school and college that helped me out a lot. I also started fishing with a buddy back in high school and we have been fishing together for nine years now. We learn a lot from each other, as well.

Q: You are a former collegiate angler that attended McKendree University. What did you learn there that you can incorporate into the Greenville Bass Fishing team?

A: They run a good program at McKendree. The biggest thing that I want to incorporate at Greenville is the time that we spend on the water. At McKendree, a lot of the guys spend any free time they have on the lake, and I want the same for our team. I think that time on the water is what really makes a great fisherman.

Q: What is your favorite way to fish for bass?

A: I really have two ways that I really enjoy catching them. First is on a jig. Doesn’t matter if I’m fishing a foot of water or 25 feet with a football jig. The the other way I love to catch them is on a hollow belly swimbait. They absolutely choke it every time and try to yank the rod clear out of your hands.

Campbell after the finish of a fall qualifier.
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Q: What are your expectations for the upcoming season?

A: I have 3 goals for the upcoming season:

  1. Qualify a team for a National Championship.
  2. Be in the top 10 in School of the Year.
  3. Grow the team to 18 anglers.

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