Bob Campbell
Head Coach
28th Season
 
 

Bob Campbell begins his 28th season as Western Connecticut State University’s longest tenured head coach.

Campbell has the highest winning percentage of any coach in the program’s 64-year history with an overall record of 519 wins and 218 losses, a .704 winning percentage. His other accomplishments with the Colonials include:

  • 11 seasons with 20 or more wins, including seven consecutive from 1988 to 1995.
  • 11 invitations to the NCAA tournament, advancing to at least the second round seven times.
  • Five Little East Conference championships.
  • 28-2 overall record and a #2 National ranking in a 1989-90 season that ended in an OT loss in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament.
  • A school record 20 straight wins during the 1985-86 season.

During the 1989-90 season, the Colonials opened with 19 straight victories, and after an 80-63 loss to Hartwick College, regained their composure and won nine of their last 10. Western’s season-ending win streak came to a close in the finals of the Atlantic/Middle Atlantic Sectionals, (The Elite Eight) with a 107-104 overtime loss to host Washington of Maryland.

A Danbury native, Campbell graduated from the University of Connecticut, where he worked with coaching legends Jim Valvano, Dom Perno and United States Olympic Coach Dee Rowe. Campbell received his master’s degree from Columbia University.

Following graduation from UConn, Campbell taught in the Danbury school system and broke into coaching at Danbury High School.

Campbell came to Western in 1980-81 as a part-time coach, assisting three different head coaches, before taking over WCSU’s program in 1984.

In addition to his responsibilities at Western, Campbell has coached at the World Student-Athlete Games held in Newport, RI (1994), and was selected the basketball coordinator for the 1990 Nutmeg Games, Connecticut’s Olympics.

Bob Campbell’s Record at Western:

Year

Record

Post Season

1984-85

16-9

ECAC New England Tournament

1985-86

25-3

NCAA National Tournament

1986-87

15-11

ECAC Metro NY-NJ Tournament

1987-88

19-8

ECAC New England Tournament

1988-89

25-3

NCAA National Tournament (Elite 8)

1989-90

28-2

NCAA National Tournament

1990-91

22-6

NCAA National Tournament

1991-92

20-6

NCAA National Tournament

1992-93

20-6

ECAC New England Tournament

1993-94

23-6

ECAC New England Champions

1994-95

20-8

ECAC New England Tournament

1995-96

19-8

NCAA National Tournament, Little East Conference Champions

1996-97

18-7

 

1997-98

14-11

 

1998-99

18-11

NCAA National Tournament, Little East Conference Champions

1999-00

19-9

ECAC New England Tournament

2000-01

17-10

ECAC New England Tournament

2001-02

21-7

NCAA National Tournament, Little East Conference Champions

2002-03

20-9

NCAA National Tournament, Little East Conference Champions

2003-04

19-11

ECAC New England Champions

2004-05

24-5

NCAA National Tournament, Little East Conference Champions

2005-06

13-13

 

2006-07

14-12

 

2007-08

15-12

 

2008-09

14-12

 

2009-10

19-7

 

2010-11

22-6

NCAA National Tournament

 

Overall 519-218 .704 winning percenctage