Aug. 10, 2006
Fullerton, Calif. -
Three highly credentialed young newcomers will join the Cal State Fullerton athletics department on Monday (Aug. 14) one week before Fall classes begin. Amanda Rice is a new assistant athletic trainer and joining the coaching staff as assistants are former Titan star Brandon Campbell in track and field and former Nebraska gymnastics standout Mace Patterson.
Rice has been a graduate assistant trainer at Fullerton for the past two years and earned her masters degree in kinesiology this summer. A 2001 graduate of the University of Vermont, Rice was certified as an athletic trainer in August of that year and worked at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts before heading west in 2004. She lives in Brea.
Campbell was an All-American high jumper for the Titans in 2002 and was the Big West Conference Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year in 2001. He still holds school records in the high jump, long jump, 400 meters and decathlon and is part of both record-holding relay teams. He earned his bachelors degree in 2005 in sociology and spent the past year as a personal speed coach and assisted at Huntington Beach High School, where he qualified three individuals for the CIF Championships.
Campbell also lettered for four seasons with the Titan basketball team despite nagging foot injuries that twice limited him to only two games in a full season. Twice he did play in every game of a season and for his career he appeared in 84 games, averaging 8.3 points and 3.4 rebounds. He lives in Placentia.
"I'm very excited to have Brandon join our coaching staff," said Head Coach John Elders. "He is arguably the greatest athlete to ever put on a Cal State Fullerton track & field uniform, and he is a very talented young coach. Our student-athletes are going to benefit greatly from his experience as a coach, an athlete and a student, and I'm sure they'll be energized by his passion for the sport of track & field."
Patterson picks up his bachelors degree this weekend in Lincoln and joins the Titans' women's program after an outstanding gymnastics career with the Cornhuskers. He was a four-time NCAA qualifier and was Nebraska's top all-arounder in 2004 before injuries slowed him in his 2005 senior season. In 2002 he was one of only three freshmen to compete in the NCAA Championship meet, which was held in his native Oklahoma. He currently is in his second summer as a tumbler at SeaWorld in San Diego.
"Mace Patterson brings a strong work ethic and enthusiasm to our newly formed staff," said Head Coach Jill Hicks. "He was an outstanding all-around competitor at Nebraska. He is exactly what we needed to continue taking this program to the next level."
Rice fills a newly created position. Campbell replaces Ron Kamaka, who resigned to become a professor and head track and field coach at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, while Patterson fills the position vacated when Hicks was promoted to head coach to replace Richard Gishi, who resigned to work for a private gym.