up to the Friday, October 26 CMU Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony,
members of the Class of 2012 will be periodically featured with an article on
cmuchippewas.com. Friday evening's event is free of charge and open to the public. It begins at 7 p.m. in McGuirk Arena.
Although she only spent two years as a Chippewa, former soccer standout Allison Campbell made lasting impact on the Central Michigan University program.
The forward raised the competition level in practice and games after transferring from the University of Tennessee where she was a two-year starter.
"Women's soccer was new to the Mid-American Conference then, and CMU and the league really hadn't seen an athlete like her before," former Chippewa coach Mark Salisbury said. "She was the full package with strength, power and grace.
"She was a shock to the systems that everyone in the league was running and her impact was felt right away."
Campbell was named All-MAC both of her seasons in the Maroon and Gold, earning first team honors in 2001 and second team laurels in 2000.
A prolific scorer, she still holds CMU single-season records for goals (14 in 2001), assists (8 in 2000) and points (33 in 2001). Her 10 goals in 2000 also tie for third, giving her two of the top three single-season totals in Chippewa annals.
"Allison had a knack for anticipating where the ball might be," Salisbury said. "And she would duck in front and redirect shots with a header. There were many times our back was against the wall and we'd get a breakaway on the wing and she score out of nowhere changing the complexion of a match."
That was most evident in the 2001 MAC Tournament semifinal as CMU faced MAC regular season champion Ohio on its own turf. The teams were tied, 1-1, as the game continued into a fourth overtime.
With the sun going down and CMU on the attack, a Bobcat defender tried to harmlessly play the ball back to the Ohio keeper. But, before it could be cleared, Campbell anticipated where the play would be made and she leaned in and knocked the ball in off her thigh ending the 144-minute marathon just before it would have gone to penalty kicks.
"Players with her athletic ability and soccer intellect were unlike anything MAC teams were used to facing then," Salisbury said. "Allison changed the way a lot of teams in the league played.
"I remember the first time she was at one of our practices and the players were just giddy watching her. A couple of them had played with her before at the club level and they were laughing with glee because of the caliber of soccer they would be playing with now. The others were just silent because they were seeing power they had never seen before. She expanded the possibilities for a number of our players and the whole team was able to rise to another level because of her presence."
Campbell recorded a hat trick with three goals against Buffalo in 2001, which set a single-match record and is still tied for the mark. Her 24 career goals currently sit second in the school's record book while her 61 points are third, despite playing just two seasons at CMU.
She was named to the MAC All-Tournament team in 2001.
During her first two seasons at Tennessee, Campbell recorded an incredible 28 goals in 40 career matches and was twice named second team All-Southeastern Conference.
The Livonia, Mich., native went on to receive two master's degrees from the University of Massachusetts. She has returned to her hometown where she works as a marketing and merchandising representative for a leading sales and marketing services company.
For her efforts on the field, Campbell will be inducted into the CMU Marcy Weston Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 26, in a ceremony at McGuirk Arena. The event is free and open to the public beginning at 7 p.m.
In addition, the induction class will be recognized at halftime of the CMU-Akron football game on Saturday, Oct. 27. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.
Also being honored as part of the CMU Marcy Weston Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2012 are Craig Fuller (cross country/track and field; 1982-2008), Carleton Kinkade (wrestling; 1984-88), Hope Robertshaw (softball, 1998-2001), David Webber (men's basketball; 1999-2002) and Kevin Young (baseball; 1992-94).
Don Helinski is a Hall of Fame committee member and former CMU Sports Information Director.