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Ryan Campbell

 
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Ryan Campbell begins his second season as AQ women's volleyball head coach in the 2020-21 campaign.

The Saints finished 17-13 overall and 14-6 in WHAC play in the 2019 season, including a regular season runner-up finish in conference action. In 2019, Aquinas had four players receive All-WHAC honors and placed three Saints on the All-Mideast Region Team.

The longtime head coach at Cornerstone, Campbell became the 10th Saints head coach in program history on July 10, 2019.

After spending the previous 10 seasons as Cornerstone's head coach, Campbell was announced as the top assistant coach at NCAA Division II perennial power Ferris State in early-April before accepting the head coaching role at Aquinas. Campbell replaces Rick Schroeder, who posted three successful seasons at the helm of the Saints program before announcing his resignation in early May.

"Obviously Ryan has tremendous experience within the WHAC and knows how to recruit at a high level in the conference and nationally, as well," said Davidson. "He has a proven history of building successful teams and his commitment to building relationships with his players stood out in the process. The energy, enthusiasm, and passion he has for the sport were evident right away. Ryan will be able to hit the ground running and help us continue the recent success of the program."

The winningest coach in Cornerstone volleyball history, Campbell put together a 264-117 overall record with the Golden Eagles and won three WHAC championships; CU captured the 2016 regular season conference title before winning the WHAC tournament championship in 2017 and 2018. In all three of those seasons, Cornerstone advanced to the NAIA National Tournament, marking three of the four national tournament appearances in program history.

Since Campbell took over the CU program in 2009, the Golden Eagles averaged 26 wins per season. During one stretch in his tenure, Cornerstone won 35 consecutive home matches and achieved an NAIA top-10 national ranking. Campbell coached five NAIA All-Americans at CU, along with the WHAC Player of the Year, Setter of the Year, and Libero of the Year at some point during his coaching career.

"I am excited to be the new head women's volleyball coach at Aquinas," Campbell said. "Rick Schroeder did an excellent job recruiting and I look forward to continuing his success. I want to thank Nick Davidson for giving me the opportunity to continue to coach in the WHAC. My family and I are grateful to stay in Grand Rapids and be part of the Aquinas family."