Mike Campbell – one of Dallas area’s most successful baseball coaches – retires after 47 years with Lewisville


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Lewisville baseball coach Mike Campbell, one of the Dallas area’s most successful baseball coaches, retired after 47 years at school, Lewisville ISD athletic director Tim confirmed on Tuesday. Ford.

Campbell has spent his entire head coaching career at Lewisville. He ended his career with 703 wins.

Campbell said he may have retired after last season, but a career ending in a season shortened by COVID-19 would not have offered the appropriate amount of closure for a coach who had spent close to half a century at work.

This season, Campbell said he had a young team with a bright future, but decided it was time to retire.

“They’re going to be exciting to watch over the next couple of years,” Campbell said, “but I just felt – I’m going to be 70 in July – that it was probably about time.”

The Lewisville Baseball Team’s Twitter account posted a thank you to Campbell, to which several Dallas-area teams and coaches responded with appreciation and gratitude for a coaching career that spanned nearly a half. -century.

“One of the best to have ever done that”, the Flower Mound Baseball Account wrote. “We will miss you Mike.”

Regarding the Twitter comments, Campbell said with a laugh, “I’m not on Twitter so I had no idea, but I guess it just means I’ve been doing the right thing for 47 years. . “

In Lewisville, Campbell led the Farmers to the state quarterfinals in 1981, according to Local media star. Lewisville also reached the regional quarterfinals twice in the late ’90s.

Campbell accepted the Lewisville head coach job just ahead of his 23rd birthday. He said he loved Lewisville High School and described himself as someone who wasn’t much of a mover.

“I just like to plant my roots and see what can happen,” he said. “It was a lot of fun. I never considered it a job.

Part of the fun was coaching as many players as he has over the course of 47 years. He got to watch his players grow up, come of age and live their lives.

Flower Mound Marcus coach Jeff Sherman called Campbell a mentor. Sherman, a Marcus alumnus, attended Campbell’s baseball camp in Lewisville from the age of five.

“What he has done for children, generations and his community is what we all desire as a coach,” said Sherman. “His legacy will always be deep inside me with the way he took care of me, loved me and all the things he did for my family. He is the best – there is no better human being than him.

Among the players he coached was his own son, Stephen. Mike said he knew early on that Stephen was going to be a coach like him.

“I knew since he was about 10 years old that he wanted my job,” Mike said with a chuckle.

“It was probably the greatest experience – even during the playoffs and everything, and being in a school forever and seeing people grow – probably trained him for four years. It was a great joy.

It was also when he first coached against Stephen in 2019, when Stephen was in his first season as head coach at Irving.

It was a 45-year preparation moment and part of a coaching career that spanned 47 years.

Campbell said he still runs a baseball camp this summer and will mow the Lewisville field in the meantime – whenever the rains stop – so his retirement will likely only hit him in August, when preparation for ‘a new season will begin.

He hadn’t originally planned to train 47 years at the same venue, but said he liked it.

“It was a matter of God,” he said. “There’s no doubt about it. He wanted me here and this is where we were.

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