Tarleton Hall of Fame coach Donnie Campbell passes away

Courtesy Tarleton Athletic Communications


STEPHENVILLE (January 16, 2017) — Retired longtime Tarleton State University coach Donnie Campbell passed away Monday, officials from the athletic department confirmed Monday night.

Campbell was inducted into the Tarleton Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005 honoring his more than three-decade career as a coach and physical education instructor. He coached basketball, tennis and golf, overlapping Tarleton’s junior college and senior college athletic eras.

His Hall of Fame bio reads:

“36 years of full-time service to Tarleton as a coach and physical education instructor. Coached basketball and tennis from 1958 to 1968. Won Pioneer Conference tennis titles in 1959, 1960 and 1961, and won the 1960 National Junior College Tennis title. Coached golf from 1969 to 1991, winning three conference titles, two District 8 titles, and sending players to four NAIA National Golf Tournaments.

Campbell continued to reside in Stephenville following his career. He was also well known as a men’s fast-pitch softball pitcher and played for both the Foster’s Home team and later on the men’s league team sponsored by First Baptist Church, among others.

This is all the information we have at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with Campbell’s family and friends, as well as his extended Tarleton family.


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