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EUGENE — Oregon women’s basketball is losing its top recruiter.

Mark Campbell, who served as an assistant coach for the Ducks for seven years, has become the new head coach at Sacramento State.

“It is an honor to be named the next head coach for Sacramento State’s women’s basketball’s program,” Campbell said in a release. “I knew I wanted to be selective in accepting a head coaching position, and Sacramento State checked all my boxes. We have an opportunity here to compete at an elite level and help Sacramento State women’s basketball take the next step forward. Ultimately it’s about these young ladies and their experience. I’m looking forward to working with each of them, my staff and the department as we work hard to build a championship culture.

“I want to thank director of athletics Mark Orr and president (Robert) Nelsen for allowing me this opportunity. I also want to thank my family — my wife Ashley, and my daughters, Maley and Makay. Their love and support means everything to me and they are all just as excited as I am to join the Hornet family.”

In Campbell’s seven seasons with the Ducks he helped lead Oregon to three straight Pac-12 regular season titles, two Pac-12 Tournament championships, and five NCAA Tournament appearances.

He recruited Sabrina Ionescu and played a role in recruiting Satou Sabally and Ruthy Hebard to UO.

“I am incredibly excited to announce Mark Campbell as the new head women’s basketball coach,” Sacramento State athletic director Orr said in a statement. “We are thrilled to welcome him and his wife, Ashley, and daughters Maley and Makay, to Sacramento.

“Starting this search, we were confident that we would find a new head coach that brought not only experience, but also a proven record of recruiting and building programs. No one has been more successful in that aspect than coach Campbell and I have full confidence that he will be successful again here at Sacramento State.”

Campbell was under contract at UO through June for $194,400 less a 10% reduction due to the pandemic.

He also previously served at Oregon State and had stints with Saint Mary’s and Pepperdine men’s basketball programs.

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