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Al Campbell

Currently the Zip cross country and track coach, Campbell first flashed on The University of Akron sports scene as a freshman in 1960. In his first two cross country races, Campbell garnered first-place finishes while establishing course records. The precedent had been set as Campbell’s assault on AU cross country and track records continued while lettering four years in both sports. In 1960, Campbell won the Touchdown Club Award as the Most Valuable Runner as a freshman. It was an honor Campbell was to receive in all four years of varsity competition – an achievement reached by no other Akron runner before or since. He was a member of three undefeated track teams that captured the Ohio Conference Championships in 1961 (9-0), ’62 (8-0) and ’63 (8-0). The latter two seasons the Zips captured the NCAA Mideast Regional title as well. By the time Campbell concluded his career with another MVP Award in track he owned the records in the 2-mile, 3-mile and 4-mile events.

Inducted 1989 | Coach