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(ROCKDALE)–ROCKDALE I-S-D HAS A NEW HEAD

FOOTBALL COACH AND ATHLETIC DIRECTOR, AND IT’S

A FAMILIAR FACE. JACOB CAMPSEY, FORMERLY

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR FOR THE ROCKDALE TIGERS,

TAKES OVER AS HEAD FOOTBALL COACH AND ATHLETIC

DIRECTOR.

CAMPSEY IS THE YOUNGEST OF SIX CHILDREN.

HIS FATHER WORKED IN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND

SERVED AS COUNTY JUDGE IN MEDINA COUNTY FOR

8 YEARS.

CAMPSEY GRADUATED DEVINE HIGH SCHOOL IN

2006. CAMPSEY WENT TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MARY

HARDIN BAYLOR, PLAYING BASEBALL FOR ONE YEAR,

THEN WORKING AND BEING A STUDENT. CAMPSEY SAYS HE

HAD SOME GREAT EXPERIENCES MAKING CONNECTIONS

WITH A NUMBER OF COACHES, WITH ONE IN PARTICULAR

STANDING OUT…

“I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO GET HOOKED UP

WITH A LOT OF GREAT HEAD COACHES. I WENT AND

WATCHED FOOTBALL EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT. I GOT

HOOKED UP WITH COACH WALKER AT ROGERS, WHEN

HE WAS AT ROGERS AND I GOT TO KNOW HIM. SO,

AFTER U-M-H-B, I WENT TO ROGERS TO STUDENT-

TEACH. AND SO I STUDENT-TAUGHT THERE, AND

SPENT A SEMESTER WITH COACH WALKER LEARNING.

HE’S A SLOT-T GUY, BUT JUST LEARNING HOW HE

RAN OFFSEASON, HOW HE MANAGED THINGS. AND

THAT WAS HUGE FOR ME, WATCHING HIM. HE’S BEEN

SO SUCCESSFUL.”

AFTER COMPLETING HIS STUDENT TEACHING AT

ROGERS, HE EARNED HIS DEGREE FROM MARY HARDIN

BAYLOR IN 2011. HE GOT HIS FIRST COACHING JOB AS AN

ASSISTANT AT THRALL UNDER HEAD COACH AND A-D JEFF

DOEGE. AFTER SEVERAL YEARS THERE, HE CAME TO

ROCKDALE IN THE SPRING OF 2014. SERVING AS

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR, CAMPSEY WAS AN ASSISTANT

AS THE TIGERS WENT TO THE STATE QUARTERFINALS

IN 2014, AND THE REGIONAL FINALS IN 2016. THEN,

CAMPSEY LED THE DEFENSE AS THE TIGERS WON THEIR

FIRST STATE CHAMPIONSHIP IN OVER 40 YEARS WITH A

45 TO 29 VICTORY OVER BROCK AT AT&T STADIUM IN

ARLINGTON IN 2017.

CAMPSEY SAYS HE UNDERSTANDS THE SHADOW LEFT

BY COACH JEFF MILLER OVER THE PROGRAM IS A BIG ONE…

“YEAH, THAT’S THE DEAL HERE. WHAT COACH

MILLER HAS DONE HERE IS UNMATCHED. AND WHEN

TALKING ABOUT THIS JOB, OBVIOUSLY I’VE LEARNED

AN UNBELIEVABLE AMOUNT FROM COACH JEFF MILLER

THAT WILL FOLLOW ME MY ENTIRE CAREER. I CAN’T

TRY TO BE COACH JEFF MILLER, BECAUSE NOBODY

CAN. ANYBODY THAT TRIES IS GOING TO BE

UNSUCCESSFUL.”

CAMPSEY ALSO SAYS HE’S READY TO SET HIS OWN

INITIATIVE IN LEADING TIGER FOOTBALL AND THE

ROCKDALE ATHLETIC PROGRAM…

“WHILE I’VE LEARNED A GREAT DEAL FROM HIM,

I HAVE TO BE JACOB CAMPSEY. AND I’M EXCITED ABOUT

BEING JACOB CAMPSEY. AND THOSE LITTLE THINGS

THAT I THINK WE CAN DO DIFFERENTLY, OR MAYBE

BETTER. WHO KNOWS. BUT I’M EXCITED TO PUT MY

TOUCH ON IT, AND THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT.”

CAMPSEY SAYS MILLER WAS A GREAT MENTOR TO

HIM…

“I’M SO THANKFUL FOR MY TIME HERE WITH HIM,

BECAUSE I’VE LEARNED SO MUCH FROM HIM, HOW TO

DO A TON OF STUFF, AND SO I WOULDN’T BE THE COACH

I AM TODAY WITHOUT HIM, FOR SURE.”

CAMPSEY IS MARRIED TO WIFE JENAH, AND THEY

HAVE TWO ADOPTED TODDLERS, EMERIE AGE 4 AND

LEVY AGE 3.

 

 

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