Men's Lacrosse Coach
Campbell enters his eighth season as head coach of the men's lacrosse program at Middlebury. In his first five seasons, he continued the post-season tradition, leading the team to its 14th-consecutive (15th overall) trip to the NCAA Tournament in '11. The team captured the '07 NESCAC title and earned the tournament's top seed in '13. Campbell owns a career record of 82-36 through his first seven seasons.
Middlebury ended the '09 season with a 9-1 mark in NESCAC play, winning the regular season title by two games. Campbell was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year as Middlebury earned the top seed in the NESCAC Tourney. The Panthers advanced to the NCAA semifinals for the eighth time in school history, ending the year with a 15-3 mark. The Panthers earned key regular season wins over W&L, Tufts and Bowdoin, while topping St. Lawrence and Wesleyan in NCAA Tournament play. Two-time NESCAC Player of the Year Mike Stone led the squad with 57 goals, earning All-American honors for the third straight season.
Campbell came to Middlebury from Connecticut College, where he served as head coach for three seasons. In his time at the NESCAC school, Campbell led the team to a pair of NESCAC Tournament appearances in 2004 and 2005. The 2005 Camels posted a five game-winning streak and finished 21st in the laxpower.com national power rating index. At Conn., Campbell coached goalkeeper Topher Grossman, who was named to the USILA All-America team and was also recognized as a USILA Scholar All-American.
While at Connecticut College, Campbell also worked as an adjunct physical education instructor, the intramural director, and the faculty advisor on the student athletic advisory committee.
Prior to his three seasons at Connecticut College, Campbell served as an assistant coach at Notre Dame for two seasons. During his stint in South Bend, he helped the Irish become one of the top-10 defensive teams in Division I lacrosse. The squad finished the 2002 and 2003 seasons as co-champions of the Great Western Lacrosse League. His duties included recruiting coordination and working with the goalkeepers.
A 2000 graduate of Middlebury College, Campbell enjoyed tremendous success with the Panther program as a player and later as an assistant coach. His teams went 52-10 while Campbell was a player, winning the ECAC championship during his rookie season. The team appeared in the NCAA tournament his sophomore year and advanced to the title game his junior year, before winning its first-ever NCAA championship during his senior season. Campbell returned to Middlebury in 2001 as an assistant coach, helping guide the team to its second-consecutive NCAA crown.
Campbell was a two-time All-American and All-NESCAC selection at Middlebury, playing in the North/South game during his senior year when he served as team captain. The Norwalk, Conn., native ended his career with a 7.83 GAA, third on the school’s all-time list.
Campbell also works as an assistant coach with the men's soccer team in the fall.
Football & Asst. Lacrosse Coach
This is Bob Ritter’s 13th season as head coach of the Middlebury College football program and as the Michael “Mickey” Heinecken Coaching Chair. After finishing 7-1 in 2012, Ritter now owns a 57-39 career mark with the Panthers, holding the second-best winning percentage (.594) in program history. In 2007, Ritter earned NESCAC and AFCA Region I Coach of the Year accolades after winning the NESCAC Championship with a 7-1 record.
As the head coach for the Panthers, Ritter mentored 78 All-NESCAC selections and 43 NESCAC players of the week, while seeing his players break 45 school records. Seventy-seven players have earned All-NESCAC Academic honors during his tenure, 15 more were tapped as Academic All-Region picks, and one was named a National Scholar-Athlete. Several players earned All-American status, while one former Panther, Steve Hauschka, plays in the NFL.
Beyond head coaching duties, Ritter serves as the quarterback coach for one of the most prolific passing offenses in the country. During the past four seasons, his quarterbacks have led the nation in completions per game: In 2012, McCallum Foote (32.00/game); 2011, Foote (32.43); 2010, Donald McKillop (31.50); 2009, McKillop (32.75). The prolific quarterback tandem of Foote and McKillop peppered the school and NESCAC record book, appearing first or second all-time for Middlebury 29 times, while holding 10 top-two spots in conference passing annals.
The Holden, Massachusetts, native began his coaching career immediately following his graduation from Middlebury in 1982. The freshly minted economics major joined Mickey Heinecken’s coaching staff that fall, spending six years as the defensive coordinator. Following his six years at Middlebury, Ritter accepted a coaching position at Tufts University as the men’s lacrosse head coach and assistant football coach, where he worked as both the offensive and defensive coordinator for the Jumbos’ football team.
In the fall of 1996, Ritter returned to Middlebury to serve as an assistant football and assistant men’s lacrosse coach. He was named the head coach of the football program in December 2000, following Heinecken’s retirement.
Ritter, who continues to work as an assistant coach in the spring for the three-time NCAA Championship men’s lacrosse team, stays active in the local community, assisting in several local community-outreach projects, and is a member of the town’s school board.
Asst. Football & Lacrosse
Brakeley returns for his fifth season with the Panther football team, working with the defensive line for the third straight year. He previously worked with the running backs and tight ends in 2009 and 2010.
In the spring, Brakeley will begin his fifth season as assistant coach of the three-time NCAA Champions men’s lacrosse team.
A Middlebury native, Brakeley earned his degree in political science in 2003 from the University of Canterbury, in New Zealand. He later earned his master’s degree at the school.
Brakeley, a member of the Vermont Maple Sugar Shrine all-star team in 1998, spent three seasons assisting with the Middlebury Union High School football team, where his father, former Panther player Peter Brakeley ’75, served as the long-time coach. He also assisted with the lacrosse team at Middlebury Union High School.