Ushering in the the newest sport for Hiram College athletics, Samantha Campbell became the first head coach for the Terrier Cheer/STUNT program in 2017-18. With her at the helm of the program, the team showed immediate success in their first season in 2018-19.
In the team's inaugural year, the Terriers posted a record of 7-5 which included victories of Purdue University (8-3), Tiffin and Olivet. Hiram even found themselves ranked as high as 10th in the National Divison II/III STUNT rankings.
In six of Hiram's seven wins in their first season, Hiram tallied at least 10 points per victory. The team then capped off the season with a perfect 15-0 victory over Tiffin in their final game of the year.
Under Campbell's tutlage, sophomore Alex Murray became the school's first-ever STUNT All-American. Murray was one of three players on the squad to amass 100+ victories, leading the team with 109. She also posted a 15.917 rating and a winning percentage of .589.
Tasked with starting the program from the ground up, Campbell brought in over 20 student-athletes from around the country to compete in Hiram's first STUNT season.
Campbell joined the Terrier coaching staff after spending a year as the assistant coach with the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas.
Campbell was a four-year member of the Scot Cheer & STUNT program that began during her freshman season in 2012-13. It took just one year for the Scots to rise to prominence, placing second at the National Cheer Association Championships for three-consecutive seasons.
A two-year captain on the squad, Campbell led Alma to National qualifications in the STUNT Championships, where they placed fourth in 2014 and third in 2015 and 2016. In addition to helping the team earn National recognition, Samantha also earned individual honors, being named a STUNT All-American in three-consecutive years.
It is this experience in helping a new program rise to prominence that interested Campbell in the Terrier’s head coaching position.
Following her graduation from Alma, Campbell spent the 2016-17 season as an assistant coach for the University of the Ozarks, a Division III member of the American Southwest Conference (ASC). While with the Eagles, Campbell helped bring in a 14-member recruiting class, while helping the cheer & STUNT team earn a fourth-place finish at the NCA College Nationals in Daytona Beach, Fla.