Columbia,SC (WLTX) — Lugoff-Elgin has found its new head football coach and athletics director in former USC tight end and Carolina Panther offensive lineman Matthew Campbell.
The Kershaw County School Board selected Campbell who has been the offensive line coach and offensive coordinator at VMI for the past five seasons under former USC head coach Sparky Woods.
Campbell does have experience at the high school level where he served as the athletics director at Cross Episcopal School in Bluffton before becoming the co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Bluffton High School for two years.
Campbell played at USC from 1990-93 before embarking on a nine-year NFL career. After starting with the Saints, he joined the Carolina Panthers where he was one of the 10 original players. Campbell signed as a free agent tight end with the Panthers and played in 10 games and started two contests in the Panthers’ 1995 debut season.
Campbell then moved to offensive line in 1996 and played in 59 games and started 56 as an offensive guard or tackle through the 2001 season. He was named the Panthers Offensive Player of the Game five times while at Carolina.
Campbell closed out his professional football career with stints with the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans.
The North Augusta native takes pver a program that was winless in 2014 and won just one game in 2013.