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Ducks assistant Mark Campbell hired as Sacramento State head coach originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest
While rotation guards Jaz Shelley and Taylor Chavez transferred from the University of Oregon this offseason, that will not be the most significant departure for the Oregon Ducks women's basketball program.
Friday morning, Sacramento State announced Oregon associate head coach Mark Campbell has been hired to take over the Hornets program.
He was set to enter his sixth season as the team's associate head coach and seventh overall with the program. His responsibilities include working with Oregon’s guards, creating the Ducks’ defensive game plans, and acting as the team's lead recruiter.
Reminder, the Ducks signed five 5-star recruits in the 2020 recruiting class alone, good for the nation's top recruiting class. Campbell was also instrumental in securing a commitment from Sabrina Ionescu, who ended up becoming one of the greatest athletes in school history.
Additionally, Te-Hina Paopao was named First Team All-Pac-12 as a freshman under Campbell.
Multiple players over the years have said Campbell deserves the opportunity to helm his own program and now he will get his chance.
As for where this leaves Oregon, Kelly Graves will have his work cut out for him to find a replacement given how important Campbell was to the rise of Oregon women's basketball.
Still, this is a much-deserved step and Graves must have known this would happen sooner than later.
We're all rooting for you from afar, Mark!