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Catalog Number 2013.55.103
Object Name Video
Title Hugh Campbell
Scope & Content Hugh Campbell:
1 of 2; 00:13Intro message
00:34Childhood: grew up in California; played all kinds of athletics
01:32Idols: watched the local baseball club, Class C ball, like the 49ers football team, often discussed the games they watched with his father, those were the first thoughts of coaching as they critiqued the game; that was the basis of getting him excited about maybe playing sports in high school and university; never thought about playing on a pro level until in university
03:16First playing football: played sports all the time; at junior high age played at on 8th grade flag football team, that was where he was pushed to keep up with the bigger kids and got to the point where he realized he could keep up with them; would play any sport in its season, enjoyed practises
04:29Position played: played quarterback, last year in high school switched to wide receiver position, got recruited into University on the basis on one game, showed he could catch, more natural position and he loved it
05:18On playing at Washington State: scouted by an assistant coach, called a 'long shot' recruit, chose that university because that team was one that was more apt to throw the football
06:10Did you think you could make the team: in doubt in his mind whether he would play football, knew he could make the baseball team, game plan was to make the team in his senior year but it worked out faster
07:06Pro ball: no long range plan, set a record in his sophomore year for US colleges, other people thought he could make pro but not so sure himself; came to Canada, fellow university team mate George Reed had told the coach that Campbell could catch, came up for a one week trial and stayed for 31 years
08:28On the CFL game: a schoolmate had made the BC Lions team, went to a game against Ottawa to watch him, found the game quick and fast and throwing the ball and thought this was something he could really enjoy; still had a year of university to go; first taste of Canadian football; talks about the players on the teams
10:40Different game between CFL and NFL: same game but with some exciting innovations, looking back sees American football as coming closer to the Canadian game, cites influence of the motion of the formations and throwing the ball down the field
11:43On his nickname Gluey Hughie: came from John Robertson a local sportswriter in Saskatchewan
12:26On playing in Saskatchewan: came to Regina with the idea of coming for a few days, 5 weeks left in the season and the team was not expected to make the playoffs but they did, played 5 games in 14 days, really beat up by the end
14:16On winning the 1966 Grey Cup: the team was underdogs, played in Ottawa, talks about players and game and the fan reaction, didn't realized what a big deal it was after, talks about the 3 Grey Cup wins; "good foundation for what lay ahead of me coaching and actually managing a football team"
16:26Feeling on winning the Cup: the older players made us realize how special it was - "We're Champions!"
17:45On coaching: all through high school and university he thought he was going to be a coach rather than playing; idea was to be a high school teacher and coaching some sport, kept notes on games and strategies, realized you have to know what you are doing; opportunity came to coach at small college, learned a lot from it
21:02Did you take what you learned playing into coaching: coached at a small college, brought a different, more aggressive game to the college; there was a TV feed from Spokane to Edmonton where he was seen and when an opening came up he was called
23:25What did you like about coaching: he feels that football players who really have to work to make the team make a better coach than the all-time superstar, most of the coaches played also, the guys that work hard and understand that the guy is not always going to pick it up quick; got to start at the beginning, not what you know already, taking nothing as assumed, keeping the veterans in the same position and had them teach their backups; the best practise you ever had is the best way to have the best game
27:38Why did you go back to the CFL in 1997: he had been at Wentworth for 7 years and felt that was a long time, loved his players there; there was money involved, felt it was a big challenge; the ability of the players was such a higher level it was fun to coach, had the best kicker in the world at that time who was a thrill to coach
32:34On the first Grey Cup in Edmonton: more focused on the semi-final because interest was in getting to the final, team spend themselves on a very cold game; talks about the field conditions in Montreal, on the flight back vowed never to lose to Montreal again, grew that year
35:34Did you see a winning team in Edmonton: method was to play game by game, not year to year, there was always something that he could point to; used whatever he could to motivate, never guilty of underestimating his opponent
37:09Philosophy of coaching: you can't be the best coach or football player you can be unless you tell yourself that it is the most important thing in the world, in the moment make it the most important play, play hard on all the plays, practise the same way
38:10Talked to every player one on one every week, the Eskimos had leadership among the players, players bought into what was going on, players would come to him and knew the door was open and that their thoughts were respected, that they could make key decisions on the field and have his backing
2 of 2; 00:37On winning 5 Grey Cups in 5 years: it was harder every year by far because everyone was a rival and they were the team they wanted to beat, realized had to work hard, managed to improve every year
02:47How difficult was it to make changes: being head coach is a ruthless deal, have a rule you are going to do the best thing to win the most possible games, keep the players who are going to help you the most, changes to help keep the team growing, "Yesterday wasn't good enough. It always has to get better."
04:52Did you have a perfect game: not yet, still trying; had a policy of never watching winning Grey Cup game, that was what we were trying to do and we did it
05:45On moving to USFO: new challenge, different atmosphere, if you're the boss of a football team you have 2 rules: #1 is this going to help you win more football games? And #2 will it help you sell more tickets?, and in that order; talks about the need for a balanced budget
08:23Was coming back as GM your final move: you don't really know in football
09:25As hiring a coach as the GM: important to be a team, each has own responsibilities, it was easy when Ron Lancaster was the coach because they were good friends and it was easy to talk to each other, had same relationship with his assistance coaches when then the head coach could say what was needed; if you don't like what they are doing have to make the change, players/team knew he was honest in this approach to the team
12:09Was there a time you thought this was a perfect fit: thought he had the best job in football, had a great board in Edmonton, let him run the team, good situation, great place to live, in a trust relationship with the people around him
14:00Did you have one play that was off the charts: talks about a play at Wentworth College, a quarterback sneak play, more prominent in the CFL, practised it and used it in every odd year because it was an odd play
16:28Superstitions: had none but other people, such as fans, did and he respected them, not superstitious but didn't want to mess with it just in case

Year Range from 1963
Year Range to 2006
Subjects challenge
team player;
Search Terms football
Grey Cup
Saskatchewan Roughriders
Edmonton Eskimos