RICHARD CAMPBELL
RICHARD CAMPBELL

Skaneateles Lakers

 

In 1957, Dick Campbell began his wrestling career at Marcellus Central High School as a varsity wrestler in the 98 pound weight class. Graduating in 1961, he enrolled at Michigan State University where he was involved in wrestling through graduation.. Doug Blubaugh, a 1960 Olympic Champion, was the MSU coach who encouraged him to pursue coaching wrestling at the high school level. Dick became a teacher of European History in the Skaneateles Central School System in 1965, where he also served as the Boys Golf Coach for 40 years. His 569 varsity golf wins remains today as the New York State High School record.

In 1965, he inherited a wrestling team that returned just 2 experienced wrestlers. After a 6-24-1 start, his coaching record finished 173-73-1 when he stepped down in 1984. Several of his teams won OHSL Championships, and Bill McCauley (215) became the first ever New York State Champion from Onondaga County in 1969. Other Section III champions were Steve Groce (1976), who placed 6th in the States, and Joe Brillo (1981), who posted a remarkable record of 89-2-0 from 1978-81. In 2001, Dick became involved in reestablishing wrestling at SCS by coaching a Pee Wee wrestling program. After coaching a modified team from 2002-2004, he moved up to coach a varsity team in the winter of 2004. In the first 6 years those teams have posted a dual meet record of 83-42-0. He has now been a volunteer coach at Skaneateles for the past 8 wrestling seasons. He is very proud to have worked with more than 265 varsity wrestlers. Dick also served as an OHSL Wrestling Chairperson and a member of the Section III Wrestling Committee from 1972-84.

Dick served as an official in the Syracuse Wrestling Officials Association (SWOA) from 1970-2004. In that time span he was a Vice President who trained new officials for several years, and he was the SWOA Rules Interpreter for 3 years. He then served as the SWOA assignor from 1987-2002. In his tenure as a referee, he officiated in many Section III State Qualifier tournaments, Section III Dual Meet tournaments and was fortunate to represent SWOA, as an official in the New York State High School Tournament. When he retired as a referee, he was honored to become SWOA Lifetime member.

Since 2002 he has served on the Executive Committee of the Onondaga High School League as their treasurer. He and his wife Joyce have been married 42 years. They have two children, Jeffrey and Julie, and all three were very active in supporting the SCS wrestling program.