At 5:30 AM Monday morning, the softball community lost one of the legendary softball coaches of Southern California with the passing of OC Batbusters and Pacifica High School Coach Mark Campbell.
Campbell felt ill on Sunday while coaching the 14U Batbutsters at La Mirada Regional Park. The paramedics were called rushing Campbell to St. Jude Medical Center. At 2:45 PM he underwent emergency surgery to prevent internal bleeding. Sunday morning at 5:30 AM, Campbell passed away.
Funeral Information for Mark Campbell 🙏❤️ pic.twitter.com/GvW7KRohYj— ocbatbusters (@ocbatbusters) March 19, 2019
The softball community responded with an outpour of love and support of the Batbusters beloved coach.
He won a number of championships including at the youth and high school level. His leadership on and off the field prepared thousands of players to pursue their dreams of competing at the next level. Campbell's impact left an everlasting ripple effect on the softball community.
Intense by nature, Campbell was a retired homicide detective who found a love and passion for coaching youth softball through his daughters
Campbell demanded an internal strength and resiliency out of his players that they didn’t know existed.
His attention to detail was tireless. His love for the game was infinite.
Behind the dark sunglasses and iconic mustache was a tender-hearted and an unbelievable coach who cared so deeply for his players.
We will miss you.
Speechless...Mark Campbell was one of the best teachers our sport of softball has ever seen. He taught girls how to play like women...with humility. Prayers of strength for family and all who worked with him.— Patty Gasso (@GassoPatty) March 18, 2019
Thank you Mark Campbell. You are loved by so many. I love you and your family with everything I have. I’ll never be able to thank you enough for the impact you’ve had on my life. Rest In Peace ❤️ pic.twitter.com/5gx7wY8uEq— Sierra Joy Romero (@Sierrajoy32) March 18, 2019
My heart is heavy.— Sydney Joy Romero (@syd_syd2) March 18, 2019
I’ll forever be Sydvicious to you. ♥️ We love you, Mark.
I know you’ll be watching us from Heaven. pic.twitter.com/V7NQCIjQuw
The greatest coach I’ve ever had. He taught his players how to win, how to compete. One of the best parts about playing for him, he treated everybody the same. The first two months I played for him I didn’t even know he had a daughter on the team. He taught us how to WORK HARD.— Madeline Marie Jelenicki (@madddyjelenicki) March 18, 2019
Most people saw it as Rivalry but between us it was a FRIENDSHIP. Today I’m saddened to Lose a Special Friend. Our Softball Family has lost one of the Best Who has ever done it. To The Campbell and Batbusters’s Families our Prayers are with you.— Corona Angels Red (@CoronaAngels) March 18, 2019