DRAIN — Anne Campbell has relinquished her position as head volleyball coach at North Douglas High School after 11 seasons.
The 52-year-old, a 1985 graduate of North Douglas and a former volleyball standout for the Warriors, will continue as the school’s librarian.
Her overall record at North Douglas was 215-74 from 2008-18, according to Oregon high school sports records. But a count by The News-Review found her with a record of 225-74.
The Warriors were an impressive 129-32 over the last five years in Class 1A, bringing home four trophies from the state tournament. North Douglas finished third in 2015 and was the runner-up in 2016, losing to Country Christian in the best-of-five title match.
North Douglas has won 65 consecutive league matches in the regular season dating back to 2013 when it was in 2A.
Campbell was the middle coach for one season and the N.D. junior varsity coach for four years before succeeding Becky Toy as head coach.
“Since the end of the (2018) season, I’ve been back and forth. It hasn’t been an easy decision,” Campbell said. “I love coaching, I love volleyball. I feel lucky I’ve been able to coach a sport I love at the school I went to. I’ve been blessed with a group of solid athletes and individuals.
“It feels like the right time. Part of me could coach forever, but other parts of my life have taken a backseat to volleyball for a long time. It’s time to put my priority somewhere else.”
Among the players Campbell got to coach at North Douglas was her daughter, Sierra, who graduated in 2012. Sierra, now Sierra Miller, was an assistant coach under her mother last fall.
Campbell and her husband, Mike, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in September.
“Anne was one of the most successful volleyball coaches out there. She always had her team chasing the state championship,” North Douglas athletic director JJ Mast said. “She’s been the epitome of class, and demanded that from her teams. She provided great leadership and the kids really looked up to her. It’s going to be hard to fill those shoes.”
The Warriors finished 27-8 overall in Campbell’s final season, losing to Hosanna Christian in four sets in the third-place match at state.
“I just love her to death. She’s a great person,” said Abby Whipple, Campbell’s niece who was a first-team all-state selection for the Warriors as a senior and will graduate in June. “I wish everybody could have an opportunity to play for her. She was pretty intense when we needed her to be and fun — really goofy — when she wanted to be.
“She’s one of those coaches who doesn’t only build athletic ability, but character as well. She makes you a better person than an athlete.”
Kalli Frieze was a three-sport athlete for North Douglas, graduating in 2017. She received first-team all-state honors in volleyball as a senior.
“I had a lot of fun with her. She was always really positive and we had a lot of success,” said Frieze, who went on to play basketball at Umpqua Community College and Linn-Benton Community College.
“(Anne) had a really good program. She was vocal, but always put the team first. She always made practice fun, and I always looked up to her as a coach. She definitely put all her heart into it.”
Campbell, formerly Anne Whipple, helped the Warriors advance to the 1984 Class A state championship match before losing to Corbett. She was a first-team all-tournament selection.
“The new coach won’t have to do a lot of rebuilding (in 2019),” Campbell said. “There’s a solid group returning.”
Mast said he hopes to find a new head coach by the start of the summer.