PHS Central softball coach entering state coaching Hall of Fame

PHSCC Softball Coach Anne Campbell is being inducted into the Illinois Coaches Association's Softball Hall of Fame.  Plainfield High School-Central Campus softball coach Anne Campbell will be inducted into the Illinois Coaches Association Softball Hall of Fame on February 18, 2018 in Bloomington.

Campbell has taught and coached in District 202 for 22 years. She will retire this year with a record of 364 wins and 155 losses, one sectional championship in 2012, eight Southwest Prairie Conference championships, and nine regional championship wins.

Campbell credits her students and softball players for her success on the field and professional longevity.

“Since I’ve been head coach I’ve had kids who have bought into my philosophy to play for the love of the game and play for the team,” she said.

“That’s why we are successful,” Campbell said.

She said she was surprised by the Hall of Fame nomination and doesn’t know who nominated her.

Campbell also teaches three physical education classes and helps run the LINK Crew senior mentor group at PHS-CC.

Campbell is the third coach in the PHS-CC softball program’s history and the second to enter the state association’s Hall of Fame. Retired PHS-CC softball coach Karen Roppa was inducted in 1997.

“Annie has done an outstanding job of keeping the Plainfield Center softball tradition at the top level,” Roppa wrote in an email. “For that, our past teams and myself salute her success and her professionalism.”

PHSCC Principal Dave Stephens praised Campbell’s passion for helping young people and the game of softball.

“The teams and players she has coached have had great success but the biggest impact she has had are the life lessons she has taught and the role model she is for her players,” he said.