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TCU Hires Mark Campbell As Women’s Basketball Coach

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TCU announced on Tuesday that Sacramento State coach Mark Campbell has been hired to take over the women’s basketball coach.

Campbell replaces Raegan Pebley, who stepped aside at the end of the season after nine years leading the program.

He will take on the task of leading the Horned Frogs back to the NCAA Tournament, where they have not been since 2010 under current Kansas State coach Jeff Mittie.


Campbell is one of the hottest properties on the coaching carousel after two seasons with the Hornets, where he turned around a program that won just three games the season before he took over.

After winning 14 games in his first season, he led the Hornets to a school-record 25 wins and its first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history, which ended with a first-round loss to UCLA.

The Hornets won a share of their first Big Sky regular season championship and first Big Sky Tournament title this season. Their 25 wins was the first 20-win season in program history.

“We are very excited to welcome Mark and his family to TCU,” athletic director Jeremiah Donati said in a release. “Mark is an elite recruiter and program builder who has taken part in two of the nation’s most remarkable women’s basketball turnarounds. He made an immediate impact at Sacramento State.”

Before he took over at Sacramento State, he was an assistant coach at Oregon, where he is credited with helping the Ducks to a No. 1 recruiting class in 2020 and helping the program land future WNBA No. 1 draft pick Sabrina Ionescu.

Before working at Oregon, Campbell was an assistant coach at Oregon State. He also worked as an assistant coach at Saint Mary’s under men’s coach Randy Bennett.

TCU was one of two openings in Big 12 women’s basketball. The other is at West Virginia, where Dawn Plitzuweit left the Mountaineers on Sunday to take over the program at Minnesota.

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