Athletic Notes Spring 2013
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Courtesy of Campbell Athletics
Campbell University senior guard Darren White was named to the Academic All-America Men's Basketball Division I third team by the College Sports Information Directors of America in February.
A native of Danville, Va., White owns a 3.66 grade-point average as an information technology and security major. In 2012 he earned a place on the Big South Conference presidential honor roll as well as a spot on the NABC Honors Court.
White was one of 15 players named to three Academic All-America teams among the 347 Division I schools. He was a first-team pre-season all-conference selection by Big South head coaches.
He was also named Big South pre-season player of the year and pre-season Mid-Major All-America.
White owned the seventh-highest scoring average (21.8) in the nation on Jan. 5 when he suffered a season-ending knee injury late in the second half of Campbell's triple-overtime victory against Gardner-Webb.
Track & Field
Junior Jayshawn Campbell captured both the 200 and 400 meter dash titles on the way to Most Outstanding Track Performer at the Big South Indoor Championships in Winston-Salem in February.
Campbell, a native of Fayetteville, ran a personal best time of 21.85 seconds to win the men's 200-meter dash, and ran a 49.91 to claim the crown in the 400-meter dash. He entered the meet with the conference's sixth-fastest time in the 200 and eighth-fastest in the 400.
The men's track team as a whole finished seventh overall, while the women's team took fifth. The teams combined to win gold in four events, silver in four events, and one bronze metal over the two-day event, including three gold medals, three silvers and one bronze medal on Day 2.
Star Campbell second baseman Michael Felton was named a pre-season All-American by three different baseball organizations heading into 2013.
Felton, who hit .424 in 2012 and set Campbell and Big South records for hits (103), was named a first-team Preseason All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and a second-team Preseason All-American by collegebaseballinsider.com and College Sports Madness. He was also named the Big South Conference's Preseason Co-Player of the Year.
Felton and the Camels opened the 2013 season in their newly renovated home, Jim Perry Stadium, with an 8-2 win over Eastern Michigan. They finished their February schedule on a tear, entering March with an 8-1 record. Campbell's biggest February win was a 9-3 triumph over ACC rival Duke in Durham.
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Greg Goral has experience with helping turn volleyball programs around as an assistant coach at Morehead State, Auburn, Eastern Washington, Gonzaga and Rhode Island.
Now Goral has been picked to make Campbell University's volleyball program a winner. Goral, who helped lead Morehead State to a 121-42 overall record in five seasons and an appearance in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament in 2011, was named Campbell's new head coach in December.
"Greg has coached, recruited and been a part of four conference championship teams at Morehead State," Campbell Athletic Director Bob Roller said. "I am confident that he will bring this winning attitude to our team."
Prior to the 2012 season at Morehead, Goral was promoted to associate head coach after four seasons as an assistant.
"Campbell provides me with a great opportunity as a head coach to help change this program's identity," said Goral. "There is great potential with the Camels and one of my goals is to make this one of the top programs in the Big South Conference on an annual basis."
In January, Goral named Ashley Weers and Adrienne Delph as his assistant coaches. Weers was a four-year standout for Campbell in 2006-09 and was an assistant from 2010-12, while Delph brings 20 years of experience to the staff.
Kylie Warne claimed the 1,650 free conference title with a school-record time to lead Campbell at the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Championships at Gabrielsen Natatorium at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.
Warne, a junior from Lethbridge, Ontario, posted a Campbell record time of 16:51.53 on the meet's final day to claim her first conference championship. Warne also earned all-conference honors in the 400 IM.
Former Campbell University women's soccer standout Pirjo Leppikangas was named to the Finland squad that will compete for the European Cyprus Cup this spring. The Cyprus Cup is used by most national teams as the final preparation for the European Championships held in Sweden this July.
Leppikangas finished her career at Campbell as a first-team Big South Conference selection and was named to the BSC All-Tournament team.
"In my opinion Pirjo is one of the all-time best players that has ever put on a Campbell University shirt," Campbell head soccer coach Todd Clark said. "I am humbled by some of those I have had the pleasure of working with over the last 20-some years, but she is clearly the most dominant. She deserves this honor and opportunity, and our program is rooting for her."