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Patrick Campbell is a 2003 graduate of Marion County High School who is currently coaching at MCHS for both baseball and football.
What sports did you play while you were at MCHS? What positions?
I played receiver for football and then middle infield for the baseball team.
Which sport did you prefer?
I think overall I was a better football player, but my true passion is with baseball.
What have you been doing post graduation?
After graduation, I went to Campbellsville University to play football and baseball. After three years I was done with the sports and concentrated on school. I graduated from CU in 2008 with a degree in mathematics. I currently teach and coach at MCHS.
What have some of your biggest accomplishments been on the field since you moved on from MCHS?
I think being able to come back to MCHS and coach for the football and baseball teams has been a big personal accomplishment. This is my third year with the baseball team and first year with football.
How is practice and training in college different from high school?
College sports will show you which athletes have a true dedication for the game they are playing. Practice and training are more demanding, tougher and more rigorous. You are expected to play at the best of your ability day in and day out because not playing your best one day could decide a win or a loss for that day or could affect the outcome of an entire season.
What are your future plans as a coach?
I personally would like to become the head baseball coach someday, but not anytime soon. Coach Spalding does a great job and I think I still have a lot to learn under him before I will be ready for a head position.
Any favorite memories from your playing days as a Knight?
My junior year in baseball was one the best and most disappointing seasons of my life, winning the most games in a season and having some of the most high expectations, but then to get beat in the regionals was very disappointing. However, it was the most exciting year full of winning! My senior year in football was a year I remember personally because it was the most successful I have ever been during a season in a sport. It was very satisfying to know that the hard work and patience had finally paid off.
If there were any advice you could pass down to current and future Knights and Lady Knights, what would it be?
To play at the next level sometimes it's not necessarily your ability college coaches look at, but the type of person you are and the work ethic you have. Remember that somebody is always watching athletes and judging them on and off the field even when you least expect it.
Anything else you want to add?
I would also like to thank my family for all of the accomplishments I've had, especially my mom and dad!