Lacrosse advocate, coach, organizer


Howard At Play

April 13, 2000|By Nancy Menefee Jackson

Name: Kevin Campbell

Job description: President, Howard County Lacrosse Program, which includes about 1,300 players -- 750 boys and 550 girls. Operating budget about $110,500. Got involved in 1990, when he stopped to watch kids playing, asked about the program and became a coach. At the time, the program had about 300 boys and 50 girls.

Age: 46

Residence: Mount Hebron section of Ellicott City

Personal: Syracuse, N.Y., native, played lacrosse, mostly defense, at Penn State ('76). As he pursued graduate degrees, he coached attack at Massachusetts, played club ball at Illinois. With Ph.D. in biomechanics, came here to work at Children's Hospital in Washington. Now vice president of Systec Engineering, owned by a brother. Four children, two college-age -- one, Kyle, 20, twice high school All-American in lacrosse at Mount Hebron High School, now taking a year off from Loyola College.

Best part of the job: "I enjoy being on the field with kids, and not necessarily my own kids, although I coach my 13-year-old daughter's travel team and my 7-year-old son's team. On Saturdays, I love seeing all those kids on the field; that's the best part. It's a great game. I love the opportunity it gives kids. It sure beats having them sit in front of Nintendo."

Group's biggest challenge: "More volunteers in all capacities, from organization to moving goals around to coaching. Field space is always a problem in this county, especially sites where we can put games on more than one field at a time, which is important because the ability to run multiple games lets us be efficient."

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