Feb. 20, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. - Charlie Camp, a member of the University of Arizona's famed defensive units of the early 1990s, was hired today to join the UA's defensive coaching staff.
Camp, 28, has been linebackers coach at San Diego State for the past two seasons and was hired by new Aztec coach Tom Craft on Dec. 12 to remain on the staff. Camp had three of his charges (Jomar Butler, Kirk Morrison and Dylan Robles) named to the all-Mountain West Conference honorable mention squad in 2001.
A 1996 UA graduate, Camp was a standout inside linebacker on the Wildcats' "Desert Swarm" defense from 1991-95.
"I'm very pleased that a former player with great intensity and achievement will now be part of our coaching staff," UA head coach John Mackovic said. Camp's coaching assignment with the defense, and any re-shuffling of offensive duties, will be determined shortly, he said. UA commences its spring practice March 1.
Running backs coach Bobby Kennedy resigned last week to take a job with the University of Washington, creating an opening on Arizona's staff.
"Charlie distinguished himself as a player and has continued in a career of coaching with the same recognition. He brings a lot of excitement and enthusiasm back to our campus from some outstanding Arizona teams in recent history," Mackovic said.
Camp, a native of New Orleans, started his coaching career at Sahuarita High School in 1997 on the defensive staff tor for a team which finished 10-2 and advanced to the state playoffs for the first time in school history. He followed that with a graduate assistant's position at Idaho working with inside and outside linebackers in 1998, and as a full-time defensive ends and outside linebackers coach in 1999. He joined the San Diego State staff in January 2000.
"It's a tremendous opportunity for me," Camp said. "I had a great experience working for coach (Chris) Tormey at Idaho and coach (Ted) Tollner at San Diego State. It's difficult to leave Tom Craft's staff, but returning to my alma mater is the best. I'll have a chance to work with my former college coach and become part of Wildcat football in a new capacity. I'm excited to be part of John Mackovic's staff."
Camp was a four-year letterman at Arizona coached by current UA defensive coordinator Larry Mac Duff. He finished his UA career with 219 tackles, nine tackles for loss and three sacks. He led the Cats in 1995 with 90 tackles. He played one year for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 1996.
UA's defenses of the period included such All-Americans as Outland Trophy-winning nose tackle Rob Waldrop, two-time Lombardi Award finalist Tedy Bruschi, inside linebacker Sean Harris and free safety Tony Bouie, plus others like safety Brandon Sanders and linebacker Brant Boyer who helped the units rate prominently such as the '1993 and 1994 clubs which held opponents to 30.1 and 65.3 yards rushing per game. The 1993 figure, when Camp redshirted after an early season injury, his teammates set a Pac-10 record and led the nation with the 30.1 figure. The 1994 figure, with Camp as a starter, rated No. 2.
He coached for Idaho in the 1998 Humanitarian Bowl against Southern Mississippi, and participated in three bowls as a Wildcat -- the 1994 Freedom Bowl vs. Utah, the 1994 Fiesta Bowl vs. Miami and the 1992 Hancock Sun Bowl vs. Baylor. He served summer coaching internships in July 2001 with the San Diego Chargers and July 2000 with the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League.
Camp was a two-time all-conference, all-city and all-state linebacker at Archbishop Shaw High School in Marrero, La., from which he graduated in 1991. He received his UA bachelor's degree in ecology and evolutionary biology in summer 1997.
At SDSU, Camp's work was instrumental in the development of Butler's transformation from safety to a second-team all-conference linebacker in 2000. Morrison (69), Butler (68) and Robles (52) were among the Aztecs' leading tacklers in 2001. Robles and Butler combined for 17 tackles, a forced fumble and a sack against Arizona in the Wildcats' 23-10 victory at San Diego State to open John Mackovic's tenure last August.