Steve Campbell leaving UCA for South Alabama

(KATV File)

UCA's Steve Campbell is leaving Conway to take the head coaching job at South Alabama of the Sun Belt Conference.

Campbell spent 4 seasons at UCA. He led the Bears to a 33-15 mark including a record of 24-3 in the Southland Conference the past three seasons.

The 51-year-old will replace Joey Jones, who was the only head coach in the program's 10-year history.

Campbell is excited about the opportunity.

"I was born and raised in this area, just down the road outside of Pensacola, and have always felt that if South Alabama started football it would be a gold mine, a place where the sky is the limit and you can definitely compete for championships at the highest level," said Campbell. "Coach Jones did a terrific job of getting the program started and laying a tremendous foundation. This is an opportunity to get back home and, more than that, to take what Joey has started and raise it to the next level and win some championships."

In 19 seasons as a head coach, Campbell — who was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2014 and also served as the President of the NJCAA Coaches Association in 2012 — has never guided a team that finished with a losing record while compiling a 159-53 overall mark.

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