Our beloved softball coach, Mark Campbell, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly last week. Mark was a 1979 graduate of Pacifica. He moved onto a career in law enforcement where he worked as a homicide detective and a SWAT officer for the Inglewood police department. He began coaching his son's little league teams and led one of them to the little league world series. After that he began coaching in the club softball circuit, where he became a nationally recognized mainstay and was a part of national championship teams. He began coaching at Pacifica in 2009 and immediately won an Empire league championship and was named the Orange County coach of the year. During his tenure, our softball team won 9 consecutive Empire league championships, as well as the division 1 CIF championship in 2014. CIF southern section division 1 is generally considered the toughest and most competitive division in America for softball. Mark was married to Kayla, also a Pacifica graduate, and they have 4 children together. 2 of Mark's kids, Erika and Jaymee, graduated from Pacifica and played softball for him here. Over his years coaching both club and at Pacifica, Mark was able to influence thousands of athletes, many of whom have earned college scholarships. Mark literally reached the pinnacle of success in every endeavor he undertook and strove to instill that drive and success in everyone he coached.
We lost a truly extraordinary man and a true Mariner.