Associate head coach Campbell Blair begins his sixth season with the Seawolf hockey program in 2011-12.
Last year, Campbell helped guide UAA to its best record (16-18-3) since joining the league and its second-best record in WCHA action. He also helped the Seawolves to the WCHA Final Five for just the second time in UAA history.
In 2009-10 Blair helped the Seawolves to a 11-23-5 overall record and 9-17-2 in WCHA action, good for an 8th-place tie in the league. The Seawolves claimed upsets over nationally ranked North Dakota, Denver, Colorado College and Minnesota Duluth.
In 2008-09 Blair helped lead UAA to its best season in the WCHA since 2001-02 by posting a .411 winning percentage – UAA’s fifth-best conference winning-percentage ever. The Seawolves were the most improved team in the WCHA that season, increasing their point tally by 11. UAA finished the regular season with conference victories over every WCHA except Wisconsin and Minnesota-including sweeping eventual WCHA Final Five champions Minnesota-Duluth on the road.
In each of Blair’s first two seasons overseeing UAA’s defensive unit, the Seawolves have lowered their opponents overall goal totals, opponents overall shots, opponents goals per game and opponents shots per game averages. In 2007-08 UAA allowed 927 total shots on goal (down from 1,344 in 2005-06), gave up 112 goals (down from 138 in 2005-06), surrendered 3.11 goals per game (down from 3.83 in 2005-06) and lowered opponent’s average shots on goal to 25.8 (down from 37.3 in 2005-06.) The 25.8 shots allowed last season were the second-lowest total since the Seawolves joined the WCHA.
Prior to joining the UAA staff Blair served as as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Maine, for five seasons. While at Maine he worked with the Black Bear defense, which was among the top-ranked units nationally over his tenure, including allowing a NCAA-low 1.56 goals per game in 2003-04. Maine possessed the top penalty kill unit in the nation in 2005-06, owning a .889 kill percentage.
A two-year letterwinner as a defenseman with the Black Bears, Blair began his coaching carer as an undergraduate assistant with Maine in 1990-91. In nine total years with the Black Bears, Blair coached in nine NCAA Tournaments, including six Frozen Fours. Blair was a member of Maine’s coaching staff when they were named the AHCA Spencer Penrose Staff of the Year in 2002. In his most recent tenure at Maine, he helped the Black Bears compile an overall record of 129-51-23.
A former head coach and general manager for the Victoria Salsa of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League, Blair is the winningest coach in the club’s history, compiling a 105-73-16 career record. Under his guidance, Victoria claimed one Island Division title, one Coastal Conference title and one BCHL title. He was also named the 1999-00 Coastal Conference Coach of the Year.
Prior to Blair’s college career, he played junior hockey for Salmon Arm, Summerland and Vernon of the BCHL.
A Prince George, B.C., native, Blair graduated with distinction with a bachelor of science degree in education from Maine in 1991.
Blair and his wife Kate, a former Division I women’s hockey coach, have two children — James and Avery. The Blairs reside in Anchorage with their dog, Canoe.