With 2016 coming to a close, GoCamels.com takes a look back at the year that was in Campbell University Athletics.
January 17, 2016
Camel golfer Gaston Bertinotti finished sixth in the Latin American Amateur Championship in the Dominican Republic.
In preparation for the Big South Championship, Gore Arena underwent major facilities upgrades, including the installation of a new four-sided, center-hung LED display scoreboard and video board, plus eight new LED courtside tables, four on each sideline. In addition, a new paint scheme was applied throughout the building with new graphic images and new Spalding basket supports were added.
March 1, 2016
Chris Clemons was named Big South freshman of the year. He finished seventh among the nation's freshman scoring leaders (18.5 points per game) and set a school freshman scoring record with 556 points.
March 3-6, 2016
For the first time in history, Campbell University hosted the Big South Conference Men's Basketball Championship, Mar. 3-6 at the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center / Gilbert Craig Gore Arena. With a total attendance of 11,649 fans over five sessions, the 2016 Championship was the highest attended men's tournament since CU re-joined the Big South in 2011-12. An average of 2330 fans attended each session, with 2991 – the sixth-largest crowd in Gore Arena history – witnessing Campbell's first-round game vs. Gardner-Webb.
March 16, 2016
Wanda Watkins, the 29th winningest active coach in NCAA Division I women's basketball with 549 career wins at Campbell University, announced that she would step down from her head coaching duties after 35 years to assume an administrative position with her alma mater.
March 17-18, 2016
Nathan Kraisser and Ville Heino represented Campbell in the NCAA Wrestling Championships after winning their weight classes at the Southern Conference Championships.
April 5, 2016
Ronny Fisher, who led Presbyterian College to unprecedented success for eight seasons, was introduced as the new head women's basketball coach at Campbell University, director of athletics Bob Roller announced in a press conference at the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center.
April 13, 2016
Nadine White, Annelie Sjoholm and Tahnia Ravnjak finished 1-2-3 in the Big South women's golf championship and the Camels claimed the league team title for the third time in five years. CU advanced to the NCAA Regionals for the 19th time in 24 years. White was named Big South golfer of the year and John Crooks was named Big South coach of the year. Sjoholm and Louise Latorre were named WGCA All-America Scholars.
April 29, 2016
The fifth annual CAMMYs award ceremony was held at Gore Arena with the most impressive presentation ever.
May 18, 2016
Campbell earned its first at-large men's golf team berth in the NCAA Regionals and the second team post-season trip in the program's Division I era. Jesper Svensson was named Big South freshman of the year. Craig Hornberger was named to Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar.
May 23-26, 2016
Campbell's baseball team made the program's first-ever international tour when it spent four days in Puerto Rico and went 2-0 against international competition.
June 10, 2016
Lawrence Kipkoech and Amon Terer capped off their 2016 by earning All-America honors in both the 10,000 and 5,000 meter races at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Kipkoech finished ninth and Terer 11th in the 10K to earn 2nd-team All-America status. Kipkoech (17th) and Terer (21st) were honorable mention All-Americans in the 5K.
June 17, 2016
Senior first baseman Matt Parrish was named 2016 First Team Academic All-America College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), becoming the first Campbell student-athlete ever to earn Academic All-America status three times. He also earned the Senior CLASS Award for baseball.
July 7, 2016
Former Camel golfer Sandra Angulo Minarro participated in the U.S. Women's Open at CordeValle in Northern California. She became the third Campbell women's golfer to play in the Open following Yvonne Cox and Kylie Pratt.
July 29, 2016
Danny Dillon (Arizona Cardinals) and Greg Milhouse (New York Giants) became the first-ever Campbell football players to report to NFL training camps.
August 15, 2016
Campbell's men's and women's soccer teams enjoyed new additions and renovations to the Eakes Athletic Complex.
August 17-20, 2016
Former Campbell women's golfer Michelle Koh represented her native Malaysia in the Rio Olympics at Rio de Janeiro.
August 31, 2016
Former Camel golfer and CU Hall of Fame member Brad Fritsch earned a return to the PGA Tour by finishing in the top 25 of the Web.com Tour money list. Fritsch previously played on the PGA Tour in 2013 and 2014.
September 7, 2016
Former Camel Jake Smith was called up by the San Diego Padres, making him the second CU alum to appear in the Major Leagues along with Matt Marksberry (Atlanta). Seven former Camels played affiliated pro baseball in 2016. Ryan Thompson (Corpus Christi | Houston Astros) was in Double-A ball. Cedric Mullins (Delmarva | Baltimore Orioles) and Matt Sergey (Stockton | Oakland A's) were in Single-A, while Heath Bowers (Vermont | Oakland A's) and Steven Leonard (Grand Junction | Colorado Rockies) played in short-season leagues.
September 17-21, 2016
Campbell women's golfer Anna Svanka represented her native Latvia and Camel men's golfer Gaston Bertinotti represented Argentina in the World Amateur Team Championships in Mexico.
October 28, 2016
Led by individual champion Amon Terer and runner-up Lawrence Kipkoech, Campbell won the team title at the Big South men's cross country championship for the second-straight year. Five Camels finished among the top nine individuals.
October 29, 2016
Former Camel defensive tackle Greg Milhouse made his first Canadian Football League start for the Saskatchewan Roughriders against the British Columbia Lions.
November 4, 2016
Campbell head wrestling coach Cary Kolat was named to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame 2017 induction class.
November 14, 2016
University President Dr. J. Bradley Creed announced that Campbell would join the Big South as a football member beginning with the 2018 season. The University's Board of Trustees unanimously approved the motion for Campbell, already a Big South affiliate in 18 other sports. The Camels will be immediately eligible to compete for the Big South Championship beginning in the fall of 2018.
November 18, 2016
The Houston Astros announced that the Carolina League Buies Creek Astros will serve as the temporary Astros Class-A Advanced affiliate for the 2017-18 seasons. The Buies Creek Astros will make their home at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C. The Astros organization agreed to provide and install a completely new synthetic turf for Jim Perry Stadium to be completed in time for the 2017 Campbell University baseball season.
November 19, 2016
Lawrence Kipkoech and Amon Terer became the first individual All-Americans in Campbell Cross Country history. Kipkoech finished 26th overall in the meet, completing the 10K course in 30:13.9. Terer placed 35th with a mark of 30:21.3.
December 15, 2016
Construction continues at Jim Perry Stadium with the addition of the Jim and Daphne Perry Pavilion, new dugouts, a synthetic turf field and new padding on the outfield wall.
December 22, 2016
Campbell went 2-0 to win the Puerto Rico Clasico in the women's basketball program's first-ever international trip.
December 30, 2016
Campbell set a new attendance record (5523) at 5500-seat Barker-Lane Stadium and finished the year ranked fourth among all NCAA FCS programs in capacity percentage (100.42). CU also set a total attendance mark with 33,138 fans through the gates, breaking the 2014 mark of 29,567. Barker-Lane Stadium's top two attendances in its nine year history came in 2016, including a record 6,673 on Oct. 22 against Stetson. 6,610 witnessed Campbell's overtime win over Butler on Sept. 24