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VI. The Appendix: Coach Larry Campbell

(Note: This was written in 1980, and has not been updated to reflect the years since.)

"At Lincolnton They Spell Success, C-A-M-P-B-E-L-L." That was the way a 1978 Atlanta newspaper football article was headlined. That statement goes along not only with 1978 but also with the last several years at Lincoln County High School.

Larry C. Campbell came to Lincolnton in 1971 and was named head coach of theLincoln County Red Devils in 1972. Campbell did his practice teaching at Butler High in Augusta. He is an honor graduate of the University of Georgia and a native of Abbeville, South Carolina. Campbell was born in Sept. 5, 1948 in Abbeville, S. C. He attended Calhoun Falls High School and went to the University of Georgia.

In eight Years as Devil Head Coach, Campbell led the Devils to an amazing eighty-one victories, only seventeen losses, and one tie. That roughly a winning percentage of .82. In his first year as a head coach, Campbell's team finished 3-7-0, Campbell's only losing season. Four times the Devils played for the State Championship, winning two in consecutive years, 1976-1977. The other two state game losses came on scoring plays with less than two minutes to go in each game.

Probably the most outstanding feat of Campbell's first eight years at Lincoln County High School was the winning of thirty-eight consecutive games during the 1976, 1977, and 1978 seasons: The thirty-eight victores, including two state titles and three region championships, set a new Georgia State Record.

With Larry Campbell as Head Football Coach, the Red Devils have won six consecutive region titles, five sectional titles, four South Georgia Championships, and two sectional titles. The Devils also has four consecutive undefeated regular seasons. Lincoln collected six region track crowns in a row under Campbell and also finished well in the state meets, twice coming in third.

Campbell has been named region Coach-of-the-Year six consecutive years. In 1974 and 1977 he was named State-Wide Coach-of-the Year by the Atlanta Constitution. In 1976 and 1977 he was named Class B Coach-of-the-Year by the Atlanta Touchdown Club and the Georgia High School Coaches Association. He has been an assistant Coach as well as head coach of the South All-Stars in the annual All-Star football game.

Campbell has commented that "We don't have the super athlete. We've just got good tradition and good community support. There's not a whole lot to do in Lincolnton so the community really gets behind us."

Campbell was a major force in initiating the summer recreational program in Lincoln County. The Lincoln County Recreation Department sponsors Men's and Women's softball programs as well as the Little League Program.

Campbell also takes part in his players academic life. He checks report cards to see thai his players are making progress, aids in choosing classes, and makes himself available to players when they have problems and need him. More than just a sensational coach, Larry C. Campbell is a friend to his players and students.

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