Oakland is losing a basketball coach who guided his team to the state tournament last season.
Shelby Campbell is retiring to pursue interests outside of teaching/coaching.
“I had the opportunity to get into pharmaceutical sales, as a sales representative,” Campbell said. “It was an opportunity that presented itself and I didn’t want to let it pass.”
Campbell has spent the past three seasons with the Lady Patriots, going 64-35.
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Oakland went 24-10 last season, reaching the state quarterfinals after winning 20 games and reaching the Class AAA section the previous season.
Campbell was a standout player and 2010 graduate at Blackman and later served as an assistant coach with Lady Blaze.
“I want to thank (Oakland manager) Mr. (John) Marshall for giving a young coach an opportunity,” Campbell said. “Leaving basketball is hard. I’ve never walked away from it before in my life. It will definitely be a different path, but something I’m excited for, leaving with the success we’ve had.
“We wouldn’t have had this success without the assistant coaches and all the players who bought into what we wanted to do. We had a great community and parents and a lot of support. I’m grateful for the opportunity that I have had.”
Campbell’s move is another in a long line of basketball coaching changes since the end of last season.
Stewarts Creek recently hired Matt Bradshaw to take over the men’s basketball program. He replaces Howard Pride, who reigned after two seasons, including a cup appearance in 2022.
Bradshaw has more than 375 wins in nearly two decades of coaching, including most recently at Watertown, which he led to the 2013 state tournament and a 30-win season.
Middle Tennessee Christian School recently hired Greg Eubanks to take over the boys’ program, replacing Aaron Morrison, who stepped down after serving a year at the helm.
Eubanks spent the previous three seasons as head basketball coach and athletic director at Harding Academy.
La Vergne recently made two hires, appointing Steve Carter as women’s basketball coach and Joe Huddleston as baseball coach.
Carter, who had been at La Vergne for a decade, replaces Chelsia Lymon, who spent two years in the role.
Huddleston, who recently coached baseball at Christiana Middle, replaces Chris Biggs, who also spent two years as coach.
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