Prep Boys Basketball

Campbell steps down as Scotland County coach, Ellison taking over

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By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 25, 2018 1:10 am

MEMPHIS, Mo. -- Basketball has taken up a large amount of Lance Campbell's time in the last nine years at Scotland County.

He's finally found the time to let it go.

After leading the Tigers for nine seasons, Campbell has stepped down as the boys basketball coach. Campbell guided the Tigers to a 14-11 season last winter and compiled a 138-117 overall record. Scotland County won the Lewis & Clark Conference championship in 2017 and the Tri-Rivers Conference title in 2016. Scotland County also won a Class 2 district title in 2015, ending a 29-year drought for the program.

"We put together a nice five-year run," Campbell said. "We did a lot of firsts in awhile here like back-to-back conferences titles. It's pretty special and those are memories you make a long the way."

Campbell will now get the chance to make memories with his three children. He said spending more time with them is his major reasoning for stepping down. Campbell, however, will still remain as Scotland County's athletic director.

"It's more than just eat, sleep and live basketball," he said. "My kids are playing baseball and basketball now. Basketball isn't just November to February. You've got June and July with camps and open gym."

"I just need a little more time to be with my own family, and I felt it was a good time to walk away."

Campbell's assistant coach Kyle Ellison moves over one spot on the bench and will be his replacement.

Last winter was Ellison's first season as an assistant with the Tigers. Prior to that, he spent four seasons with the Highland girls basketball program. The Cougars went 51-52 under Ellison. The Tigers will have five seniors coming back, led by Will Fromm and Matthew Woods.

"I didn't want to leave (Ellison) in a situation where he was going to battle with a sack of rocks," Campbell said. "It worked perfectly as a timeline for me to step away.

"He's very knowledgeable and young and has a good rapport with the kids."

Campbell also assures while he will still be athletic director, the program belongs to Ellison.

"I think the less visible I am next season, the better," Campbell said. "If he has any questions I'll be more than willing to help."