Minter announced as new Campbell football coach
Posted November 27, 2012
Buies Creek, N.C. — Mike Minter was announced Tuesday as the second head football coach at Campbell University since the team resumed its program in 2008.
"We’re going to change the mindset of the football players," Minter said at his introductory press conference. "They are going to learn that it is no longer acceptable to be mediocre. We are going to create smart and tough football payers, players that can get after it in the fourth quarter."
Minter, a former Carolina Panthers safety, joins Campbell after coaching special teams this past season at Liberty University. Prior to Liberty, Minter was an assistant coach at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte. Slideshow: Minter announced as new Campbell football coach
“Mike’s spirit, passion and will to win were evident to me from our very first conversation,” said Athletics Director Bob Roller. “I am convinced that Campbell University and Camel football is about to experience a transformational change, and it will be exciting to watch our student body, alumni and fans get on board.”
Minter was reported to be one of the coaches interested in the Charlotte 49ers new coaching position when they announced they would begin playing football in 2013. That position, however, went to Brad Lambert.
Campbell will play at Charlotte on Aug. 31, 2013 in the debut game for the 49ers.
"We want to be Campbell proud and that’s what you’re going to have when we run out there on game day," Minter said.
At Liberty this past season, Minter’s special teamers were well recognized. Long snapper Richard Wright was named to the Big South All-First Team, and place kicker John Lunsford as well as punter Grant Bowden were named to the second team.
Campbell announced on Nov. 5 that they would not retain head coach Dale Steele following the conclusion of the 2012 season. Steele was the head coach for the Camels since their rebirth, compiling a 14-41 record.
Campbell dropped its football program after the 1950 season due to the Korean Conflict. Talks to resume the sport at the university began in 2004 and Steele was tabbed as the head coach to restart the program in 2006.
Minter was a special guest at the first official Campbell football event in 2007.
Minter, 38, was a second-round draft pick of the Panthers in 1997 out of Nebraska. He started 141 games in his nine-year career, all with the Panthers, recording 790 tackles, forcing 15 fumbles, hauling in 15 interceptions and scoring four touchdowns.