Campbell, Charles M. "Chuck"


Charles Campbell, class of 1915, was considered Otterbein’s best athlete at the time, according to the 1915 Otterbein yearbook. It read: “His place in the student body is, indeed, enviable. Someone told the senior class that if they’d leave us “Chuck” we would not care how soon the rest left. What more could be said?”

Campbell was a four-sport letterman, participating in football, basketball, track and field, and baseball. He served four years as the president of the Varsity “O” and class vice president; and captained the baseball team three years and the basketball team two years. He pitched, played third base and was the leadoff hitter on the baseball team, played left end and fullback on the football team, handled the forward and center positions on the basketball team, and high jumped on the track and field team.

One particular highlight of his stellar career included a difficult drop-kick to lead Otterbein past Cincinnati, 3-0, in football in 1914. He held the school’s high jump record of 5-8 1/4.

Following graduation from Otterbein, Campbell taught mathematics and coached football at Martin’s Ferry, Ohio until 1917.  Then WWI intervened. In the war, he saw service with the 158th Artillery Brigade and played on the Army of Occupation basketball team.

Following the war, Campbell headed west to New Mexico and Arizona, primarily for health reasons (he was gassed in the war), before returning to his hometown of Mt. Vernon, Ohio where he ran and owned a sporting goods store. He traveled the state selling sporting goods to such legendary coaches as Woody Hayes, Paul Brown and many more. Coach Hayes called him “one helluva man.”

He passed in 1969.