On the recruiting trail
BLACKFOOT — C.J. Campbell has logged plenty of miles since graduating from Blackfoot High School in 1998.
And, in his new position as head assistant wrestling coach at Jamestown College in North Dakota, he will likely log plenty more.
While visiting family last week, Campbell has also been recruiting.
"Idaho, Utah and Wyoming have strong wrestling traditions and we'd like to tap into that resource," Campbell said on Wednesday. "We have academic and athletic scholarships for any local wrestlers who may be interested in furthering their educations."
Campbell took his job at Jamestown in January, accepting a job offer from a former teammate at Southwestern Oregon Community College.
Coos Bay was the first stop on Campbell's journey after winning a state championship at 130 pounds his senior year. He was a two-time junior college All-American there, placing fifth and seventh in the national tournaments.
From there he travelled to Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. He was a two-time NAIA All-American there. He was a region champion and placed second in the national tournament his junior year. In his senior year, he placed fifth and was a member of the first of several national championships.
He earned a bachelor's degree in physical education and a master's degree in educational administration.
Over the next few years Campbell taught at Independence Alternative High School and was an assistant wrestling coach at Blackfoot, worked as a personal trainer at Apple Athletics in Idaho Falls, worked at the Olympic Training Center in China, taught and coached at Shelley High, was athletic director and assistant wrestling coach at Harlem, Mont., and was athletic director and cross country coach at Dodson, Mont. His cross country team won the state title.
Joining him on his trip to Blackfoot is fellow Lindenwood graduate Kimberly Williams, who is dance team director at Jamestown. She is establishing a competitive dance program there. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree at Oklahoma State.
"Competitive dance is an emerging sport," she noted. "It allows men and women the opportunity to keep dancing if they're not a dance major. It's becoming more popular to offer scholarships.
"There are not a lot of universities close by (to Blackfoot) who offer dance teams so this is a great opportunity to fund your education," Williams said.
For more information on scholarship opportunities, contact them at Jamestown. The main number is 701-252-3467. Campbell's extension is 5027. Williams' is 5021. Their email addresses are firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.