Junior Colleges

Gulf Coast hires familiar name to lead athletics department

Steve Campbell Jr.
Steve Campbell Jr.

Junior College athletics fans may recognize the name of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s newest athletic director.

The school announced Thursday it has hired Steven Campbell Jr. to replace Robin Jeffries, who recently left Perkinston to coach Poplarville’s girls basketball team.

“I’m very excited. It’s a tremendous opportunity, a tremendous challenge,” Campbell said in a release. “I’m happy to be able to come back home and be a part of the Bulldog family again.”

Campbell, 25, is the son of former MGCCC football coach Steve Campbell, currently the head coach at Central Arkansas.

A former football standout himself, Campbell represented Stone High in the annual Bernard Blackwell All-Star Game before playing tight end, center and long snapper for his father. He later transferred to Ole Miss, where he studied economics.

Since joining the professional ranks, Campbell has coached for his father at Central Arkansas and later at Virginia Tech in 2016, where he was the special teams quality control assistant.

“We are excited to bring Steven back to Gulf Coast,” MGCCC Perkinston Campus vice president Ladd Taylor said. “He knows our history and culture having lived and played here. He’s going to be an outstanding athletic director.”

In the release, Campbell expressed excitement in returning to South Mississippi and leading the Bulldogs.

“The school has such a great history of success,” he said. “That’s very attractive. There are top-of-the-line facilities, second to none in community and junior college. It’s my home. I’m a Bulldog at heart and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

Jeffries was hired in December 2015 after serving as St. Patrick Catholic High School’s athletics director and girls basketball coach.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs