Rick Campbell

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Rick Campbell
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Ottawa Redblacks
Personal information
Date of birth (1970-12-20) December 20, 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth Spokane, Washington [1]
Alma mater Washington State University
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1996–1998 University of Oregon
(Graduate Assistant)
19992004 Edmonton Eskimos
(Defensive Backs/Special Teams Coordinator)
20052008 Edmonton Eskimos
(Defensive Coordinator)
2009 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
(Defensive Backs/Special Teams Coordinator)
2010 Calgary Stampeders
(Running Backs Coach)
2011 Edmonton Eskimos
(Ass. Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator)
20122013 Calgary Stampeders
(Defensive Coordinator)
2014–present Ottawa Redblacks
(Head Coach)

Rick Campbell (born December 20, 1970) is the head coach for the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League. He was the Calgary Stampeders' defensive coordinator from 2012 to 2013 and was also an assistant coach with the Edmonton Eskimos and Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He is a two-time Grey Cup champion, once as the special teams coordinator with the Eskimos in 2003 and again with the Eskimos as the defensive coordinator in 2005.[2] He attended Washington State University.

Early life[edit]

Campbell was born in Spokane, when his father, Hugh was the head coach of the football team at Whitworth College. As a result of his Father's coaching career, Campbell grew up in Spokane, Edmonton, Los Angeles and Houston, before returning to Edmonton. Campbell was a high school football star at Harry Ainlay High School.[3] Following his high school graduation, Campbell attended the University of Oregon, majoring in education before serving as the secondary and special teams coach for the Ducks as a graduate assistant from 1996 to 1998.[4]

Edmonton Eskimos[edit]

Campbell was highly sought after as a coaching prospect, following his stint at the University of Oregon. When Kay Stephenson, the team's head coach at the time, asked his father Hugh for permission, he was denied. Upon being asked by Don Matthews to appoint him to the coaching staff, fearing a backlash in the media, the elder Campbell reluctantly agreed.[5] Campbell served as the team's special teams and defensive coach under both Don Matthews and Tom Higgins, earning a Grey Cup ring in 2003. Campbell served in those capacities until 2004, when he was promoted to defensive coordinator, under new head coach Danny Maciocia. Campbell earned his second Grey Cup ring in 2005, and stayed on in that position until 2008.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers[edit]

Shortly after Hall's hiring, Campbell left the Eskimos, and was appointed the defensive backs and special teams coordinator under new Bombers head coach Mike Kelly.[6] The Bombers campaign was a disaster as the team finished the season at 4-14, and Kelly was fired in the off-season due to personal conduct issues. Campbell would resign from his post shortly after Kelly's dismissal.

Calgary Stampeders and return to Edmonton[edit]

Following his departure from Winnipeg, Campbell returned to Alberta, but this time with the provincial rival Calgary Stampeders.[7] Campbell served as the running backs coach, under John Hufnagel. Campbell resigned at the end of the season to serve as the assistant head coach and special teams coordinator for the Eskimos under new head coach, Kavis Reed.[8]

Campbell's return to the Eskimos lasted only one season, as he returned to Calgary to replace Chris Jones, who left the Stamps that off-season to accept the same position with the Toronto Argonauts.[9] Under Campbell's tutelage, the Stamps recorded 63 sacks, en route to the league's best record for two consecutive seasons. The Stamps defense under Campbell were known for their aggressive style of play, leading the league in turnovers on downs and second in fewest points allowed.

Campbell's work with the Stampeders led him to being considered as a prime candidate for various coaching vacancies around the league.

Ottawa Redblacks[edit]

Campbell got his first opportunity to become a head coach for the first time, as he was named the first head coach in the history of the Ottawa Redblacks franchise.[10] Campbell returned to his hometown for the first time as a CFL head coach on July 11, 2014 when the Redblacks played the Eskimos.[11] The Eskimos would go on to defeat the Redblacks 27-11 in that game.[12] Campbell won his first game as a CFL head coach on July 17, 2014 when the Redblacks defeated the Toronto Argonauts, 18-17.[13] Despite the initial momentum, Campbell's team finished their inaugural season at 2-16, which was the worst record in the CFL.

CFL Coaching Record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
OTT 2014 2 16 0 .111 4th in East Division - - Failed to Qualify
OTT 2015 4 2 0 .750 1st in East Division - - Season in progress
Total 6 18 0 .111 0 Division
0 0 0 Grey Cups


Campbell and his wife Jeri moved to Ottawa, shortly after his appointment as the Redblacks head coach.[14] Despite spending the majority of his life in Canada, Campbell became a naturalized Canadian citizen in 2011.