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Hall of Fame high school basketball coach Mark Campbell dies

by Jacob Unruh Published: June 30, 2014
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Collinsville girls basketball coach Mark Campbell died Monday morning in Tulsa after leading the Cardinals to the Class 5A state tournament in his first season.

Campbell, 65, was battling cancer for the second time, the Tulsa World reports.

He was diagnosed with a recurrence of colon cancer in January, but continued coaching Collinsville through the rest of the season. Campbell underwent surgery to remove a cancerous polyp from his colon in 2011.

“Our whole district is in a somber mood,” Collinsville athletic director Jim Riley told the Tulsa World. “Our girls loved him. This is a tough day.”

He was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame last summer. Over 33 seasons, he had a combined boys and girls basketball coaching record of 865-357.

Campbell is best known for leading Claremore to three straight Class 5A girls titles in 2003-05. While with the Zebras, he led them to 14 state tournament appearances and two runner-up finishes. In 2013, he was a volunteer assistant at Bixby with his daughter Melody Stewart, who is now coaching Lincoln Christian.

Campbell also led Claremore to two fastpitch softball titles and led Tupelo to the Class B boys basketball title in 1991.

by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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