COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Coach Bill Campbell, head varsity swimming coach from 1955-1976 and esteemed educator at the University of Maryland, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 19 at the age of 90.
Campbell launched the Terps’ swim program in 1956 and quickly led Maryland to three consecutive ACC championships in 1960, 1961, and 1962. He is the winningest coach in the history of Maryland swimming and diving program, garnering a winning percentage of 80 percent during his tenure.
Campbell’s tenure as Maryland varsity swimming coach lasted two decades, before he retired in 1976. He was named Coach Emeritus upon his retirement from coaching, an honorary title given to those who retire but retain their position.
Campbell was a collegiate diving champion during his younger years, and later captured a national championship at the Senior Games as a Masters swimmer. He was also a member of the U.S. Olympic Diving Committee and a long time referee for the ACC Swimming and Diving Championships.
In 1982, working in conjunction with then-Athletic Director Dick Dull, Campbell helped establish the University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame. He was later inducted into the University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame in 1989. Campbell was also inducted into the Springfield College and Pennsylvania State Hall of Fames.
In 2000, a former swimmer founded the Eileen Campbell Memorial Fund in the memory of Coach Campbell’s late wife, Eileen. The Eileen Campbell Memorial Fund provides annual scholarship support for undergraduate varsity swimmers.
Campbell’s wake will be held at Beall Funeral Parlor in Bowie, Md., on Friday, April 25 from 5-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10 am, at the Riderwood Village Chapel. Interment, Gate of Heaven Cemetery. A reception will be held at the Inn and Conference Center on Saturday, April 26 from 1–4 pm.