Staff
Head Coach
Justin Haire

Justin Haire was named the 10th Head Coach of Campbell Baseball (senior college era) on June 6, 2014. He is in his fourth season at the helm of the program after spending seven seasons as recruiting coordinator, assistant coach and eventually associate head coach under former skipper Greg Goff.Haire’s first team wasted no time breaking into the record books in 2015. The Fighting Camels set the mark for the best start in program history by winning 17 or their first 19 contests, en route to establishing Haire as the winningest first year head coach in program history by posting 32 victories. Those 32 wins are tied for the fifth most victories in a season in the program’s 53-year history. 2015 marked the Camels' fourth straight season of 30 or more wins, the first time that has ever happened in the history of the program, and Campbell ranks 17th (out of 299) in the country in total wins over that time. And for the fourth straight year, the Camels made an appearance in the top-30 of at least one national poll, another first for the program.

In Haire's first season at the helm, Campbell led the Big South in ERA (3.48) for the second time in three seasons, and ranked second in team batting average (.297). CU also boasted 32 home runs, the most by a Campbell team since 2010, and led the league in stolen bases for the fourth consecutive season.

Five Camels earned All-Big South honors, with Cole Hallum earning Big South Player of the Year, and went on to garner Third Team Louisville Slugger All-American honors. Matt Parrish earned his second-consecutive Academic All-America accolade, also collecting Second Team All-Big South merits at designated hitter.

The record-setting continued that June, as three Camels were selected in the 2015 MLB Draft, the most in a single year in program history. Cedric Mullins (13th round, Baltimore Orioles), Steven Leonard (23rd round, Colorado Rockies) and Heath Bowers (24th round, Oakland Athletics), were all drafted after having never been drafted previously in their career, continuing a trend of development that Haire and his staff have demonstrated since arriving in Buies Creek.

In 2016, three more Camels earned All-Big South honors, including senior Matt Parrish, who took First Team accolades, along with his third Academic All-America nod. Parrish was also named the recipient of the prestigious Senior CLASS Award, given to the nation's top senior with notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

Last season, 2017, Haire led the Camels to 25 victories and four players picked up all-conference honors. Drew Butler headlined the group as the league’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was a second team selection. Hallum nabbed his second first team selection while Matthew Barefoot and Jeff Hahs joined Butler on the second team.

Butler finished the season as the co-national leader for stolen bases with 39 swipes. He became the sixth Camel to earn a NCAA statistical championship, which have all been under the tutelage of Haire.

Haire, and the coaching staff’s, recruiting and coaching efforts helped guide Campbell to 41 or more wins each season from 2012-14, totaling 131 victories over that span. CU originally set the school record for wins in 2012 with 41, only to eclipse that mark again in 2013 with 49 victories. 2013 culminated in the Big South’s Regular Season Championship, the first in program history.

Under Haire’s guidance, a Camel has been named Academic All-American in five of the past six seasons, including designated hitter Matt Parrish in 2014, 2015 and 2016 to become Campbell's first ever three-time Academic All-America. Josh Holskey and David Olson also picked up Academic All-American honors in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

Matt Marksberry made his Major League debut with the Atlanta Braves in 2015, becoming the eighth player in CU history to make it to the big leagues. Jake Smith was named 2015 Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Year, and was added to the Giants 40-man roster, joining Marksberry in the show in 2016 with the San Diego Padres. Additionally, Cedric Mullins was named the Top Defender in the Orioles 2015 Draft Class and is currently the O’s fifth-best prospect according to MLB Pipeline.

As an assistant coach, Haire has helped guide five teams that set school records for wins (Sterling College 2004: 37, Ouachita Baptist University 2006: 31, OBU 2007: 50, Campbell 2012: 41, CU 2013: 49).

Prior to his years at OBU, Haire spent one year as the pitching coach at Sterling College. In 2004 the Warriors boasted a 37-18 record, and won both the KCAC ERA title (3.01) and KCAC tournament championship, and had two All-American pitchers.

Haire graduated from Henderson State University (Ark.) with a B.A. in history. He married Lindsey Dawson of Benton, Ark. in 2010. The couple has two sons, Jackson and Parker.

Assistant Coach
Chris Marx

Chris Marx is in his fourth season as an assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator at Campbell.

In Marx's first season in Buies Creek, the Camels belted 32 home runs, the most by a Campbell team since 2010. Cole Hallum was named Big South Player of the Year and Third Team Louisville Slugger All-American, and a record three Camels were selected in the 2015 MLB Draft, including Cedric Mullins (13th round, Baltimore Orioles), Steven Leonard (23rd round, Colorado Rockies) and Heath Bowers (24th round, Oakland Athletics).

Five Camels were named All-Big South, including Hallum's Player of the Year and First Team selection. Marx also guided Cedric Mullins (outfield), Steven Leonard (catcher) and Matt Parrish (designated hitter) to all-conference accolades.

Campbell's success at the plate continued in 2016, with senior Matt Parrish finishing second in the Big South in batting at .371 on the way to First Team All-Conference honors. Parrish also became the first Camel in any sport to be named CoSIDA Academic All-America three times, adding the Senior CLASS Award following the season.

A year after Mullins was the Big South's top extra-base hit producer (34), Anthony Lopez was among the league's top sluggers in 2016, earning honorable mention all-conference accolades.

Last season, 2017, Marx helped lead the Camels to 25 victories and four players picked up all-conference honors. Drew Butler headlined the group as the league’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was a second team selection. Hallum nabbed his second first team selection while Matthew Barefoot and Jeff Hahs joined Butler on the second team.

Following the 2017 campaign, Barefoot was named a Freshman All-American by three different college baseball publications: The NCBWA, Perfect Game and The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. He is the first Freshman All-American in program history.

Butler was also named a 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District selection marking the 23rd straight year a Campbell player earned academic all-district status. He was a semifinalist for the 2017 Senior CLASS award.

Marx came to Campbell from Arkansas-Little Rock where he served as an assistant coach for three seasons. Marx was promoted to interim head coach of the Trojans on June 9, 2014 after the resignation of Scott Norwood.

As recruiting coordinator, Marx helped UALR land a recruiting class led by Chris Gittens, Eric White and Justin Ferrell. Gittens, who played at Grayson Community College, was the No. 9 ranked Junior College prospect by PerfectGame.org and was drafted in the 12th round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees. White was also selected in the 32nd round by the Milwaukee Brewers and was a top-500 national recruit according to PerfectGame.org. Ferrell, a Connors State prospect, was drafted in the 36th round by the Houston Astros.

In his first season at UALR, Marx helped the Trojans put together one of the greatest offensive seasons in school history. The 2012 Trojans ranked in the top-10 nationally in four offensive categories, while setting school records for home runs and triples in a season. UALR earned an NCAA statistical championship in 2012 by tying Eastern Kentucky for the national lead in home runs per game (1.22). The Trojans finished second nationally with 66 home runs, after ending the regular season tied with Florida for first place, while ranking third in slugging percentage (.477) and sixth in scoring (7.4 runs per game). UALR ranked in the top-25 in the country in a total of eight offensive categories, including on-base percentage (.395) and stolen bases per game (1.65), where it finished 14th and 20th, respectively. The Trojans also tied a school record for total bases in a single season.

Senior Sean Bignall led the way for the Trojan offense in 2012, setting new UALR single-season records for home runs (18), total bases (149) and runs scored (60). He was named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award, which are given annually to the nation’s top player, and received Third Team All-America accolades from both Louisville Slugger and the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings. His efforts helped the Trojans lead the Sun Belt Conference in nine statistical categories in 2012, including batting average, runs scored, RBI, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, home runs and stolen bases.

Marx's time at USI was highlighted by a 2010 Division II National Championship that saw the Eagles win a school-record 52 games, including 42 of their last 49, and knock off No. 1-ranked UC San Diego in the title game. With Marx as the hitting coach, the Eagles set new team records for hits, doubles, RBI and runs scored in their 2010 championship campaign. USI also set new team records for home runs in two of Marx's last three seasons with the team.

He graduated from USI in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in health services before earning his master's in health administration in 2011.

Assistant Coach
Jake Wells

Campbell baseball head coach Justin Haire has announced the addition of Jake Wells to the Camels' coaching staff as an assistant coach heading into the upcoming 2018 campaign.

Wells will work with the Camel hitters with a focus on the catchers. He will also assist with recruiting along with all other aspects of the program.

"I'm extremely pleased to announce the hiring of Coach Jake Wells, and welcome him and his wife, Melissa, to Buies Creek," said Haire. "I have been able to follow Coach Wells' career for many years; from his time at Marion Military, going to Omaha with Mississippi State, orchestrating one of the biggest turnarounds in NCAA history at Louisiana Tech and eventually becoming a recruiting coordinator in the premiere conference in the country. He has been a WINNER at every stop and an unbelievably energetic and productive worker."

Wells spent the 2017 season, his ninth year in the coaching industry, at the University of Alabama as an assistant coach. He served as the Crimson Tide's recruiting coordinator and worked closely with the team's catchers.

Wells' previous experience working with catchers dates back to his two seasons at Mississippi State from 2013-14. With the Bulldogs, Wells tutored two catchers who went on to sign professional contracts and followed up in 2014 by mentoring the program's first All-SEC freshman catcher in the program's 124-year history. He was an integral part of the Mississippi State staff that led the Bulldogs to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, including a finalist finish in the 2013 College World Series.

"I'm blessed to have the opportunity to be here at Campbell," said Wells. "With the new facility and upgrades to the stadium, it's obvious that there's some sincere backing for this program. People care about this team and are willing to make moves to make it one of the best in the country. I'm thankful that Coach Haire is giving me the opportunity to be able to work with this staff and to have a place to call home."

Wells spent the 2015-16 seasons at Louisiana Tech as the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator. Under his tutelage, the Bulldogs were able to improve in nearly every hitting statistic from his arrival in 2015 through the 2016 campaign. The 2016 offense tied the program record for triples with 19, while accumulating 112 doubles and 2,052 at-bats (both third-most all-time).

Wells mentored LA Tech's first Johnny Bench Award finalist, Brent Diaz, who was the program's first catcher to pick up Conference USA all-freshman team accolades. Diaz was also later drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers.

In 2015, Wells first season at Louisiana Tech, the Bulldog hitters batted .261, an 11-point improvement from the previous year. LA Tech also scored 100 more runs that season than the year prior and drove in 99 more RBI as a team. The Bulldogs' on-base percentage also increased by .40 points from 2015 to 2016 under Wells.

"Coach Wells has made himself into one of the top catching instructors in the country, and one of the most innovative hitting guys around," said Haire. "His experience, energy and enthusiasm on the recruiting trail will further enhance our ability to find the best players in country to come Campbell. We are very fortunate, and excited about his addition to our program."

Prior to his time at Mississippi State, Wells spent two years as the head coach at Marion Military Institute in Marion, Ala., beginning in 2008 as an assistant and ending with him in the head coaching role for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Over his five seasons in Marion, Wells coached 11 players who earned all-conference and all-region accolades.

Wells has served as camp manager for youth baseball camps in Montevallo, Ala., and Devine, Texas, while also managing the Alabama Special Olympics State Tournament.

As a player, Wells was an all-state catcher at Devine (Texas) High School. After his prep days, he continued his career at Blinn (Texas) College, Lurleen B. Wallace (Ala.) Community College and eventually at the University of Montevallo.

Wells earned his bachelor's degree in kinesiology and health promotions from Montevallo in 2005. He went on to play professional baseball in the United League with the Laredo Broncos in 2009 and 2010. Wells is married to the former Melissa Sherrod of Longview, Texas.

Volunteer Assistant Coach
Tyler Robinson

Tyler Robinson is in his first year as volunteer assistant coach at Campbell and his fourth season on the Camels'coaching staff.

Robinson spent his first three seasons as Campbell's director of baseball operations before transitioning to the volunteer assistant role in the fall of 2017.

Robinson came to Campbell from Brunswick Community College, where he served as the Dolphins’ pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.

Campbell posted its fourth-straight 30-win season in Robinson's first year, with five Camels earning All-Big South honors. Cole Hallum was named Third Team All-American and Big South Player of the Year, while Matt Parrish earned his second-consecutive Academic All-America accolade.

A record three Camels were selected in the 2015 MLB Draft, including Cedric Mullins (13th round, Baltimore Orioles), Steven Leonard (23rd round, Colorado Rockies) and Heath Bowers (24th round, Oakland Athletics).

Three more Camels earned All-Big South honors in 2016, with Parrish, Grant Yost and Anthony Lopez all taking home league awards. Parrish also made history, becoming Campbell's first three-time CoSIDA Academic All-America selection. Parrish was also the Senior CLASS Award winner.

Last season, 2017, Robinson helped lead the Camels to 25 victories and four players picked up all-conference honors. Drew Butler headlined the group as the league’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was a second team selection. Hallum nabbed his second first team selection while Matthew Barefoot and Jeff Hahs joined Butler on the second team.

Following the 2017 campaign, Barefoot was named a Freshman All-American by three different college baseball publications: The NCBWA, Perfect Game and The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. He is the first Freshman All-American in program history.

Butler finished the season as the co-national leader for stolen bases with 39 swipes. He became the sixth Camel to earn a NCAA statistical championship.

Butler was also named a 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District selection marking the 23rd straight year a Campbell player earned academic all-district status. He was a semifinalist for the 2017 Senior CLASS award.

Prior to BCC, Robinson was a student assistant at Elon, where he graduated in 2013 with a degree in business management. The Durham, N.C. native assisted the Phoenix from 2011-13 in day to day operations, primarily with pitching, video coordination and camps. With Robinson on staff, the Phoenix made the Charlottesville NCAA Regional finals in 2013.

He earned his associates degree from Brunswick in 2011, where he pitched for two seasons.

Robinson also gained coaching experience at the American Legion level, coaching Durham Post 7 each summer since 2009.

Director of Baseball Operations
Tyler Shewmaker

Tyler Shewmaker is in his first season as the director of baseball operations for the Campbell baseball team.

Shewmaker is responsible for the daily assistance of the baseball program. He assists in team scheduling, equipment orders, camp planning and programming, marketing and sponsorship, and the team’s community service efforts.

Shewmaker joined the Camels after serving as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Kentucky Wesleyan College, last season. Shewmaker assisted heavily with recruiting for the Panthers and helped lead them to their first NCAA regional in his first season on the bench.

In addition to recruiting, Shewmaker worked full-time with Kentucky Wesleyan’s catchers and assisted with hitting and base-running. He also created and monitored the Panthers’ strength and conditioning program for position players.

“We are pleased and fortunate add Tyler to our staff,” said Haire. “Tyler stood out in the hiring process as a young man with a passion for the game of baseball, a drive to work hard and a thirst of continuing to learn and grow. And for us, that is what we want in every member of our staff. He is a great fit for our staff and program as a whole.”

Shewmaker spent the summer of 2017 as an assistant coach for the Fayetteville SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League. He helped lead the team to the first-half division title and a league playoff berth.

Shewmaker coached and assisted with recruiting players from all three NCAA divisions, NAIA and NJCAA. He also worked with one of Fayetteville’s catchers early in the season who was selected in June’s MLB draft.

As a player, Shewmaker was a career .306 hitter in three seasons at Kentucky Wesleyan. Between 34 hits he tallied four doubles and three triples. He also drove in 17 runs and drew 17 walks. Off the field he was a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and was named a member of “Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges.”

“I am thankful and blessed for the opportunity to be here at Campbell,” said Shewmaker. “Coach Haire has given me a chance to step right into a great program that is already on the rise. I am excited to get to work and do whatever it takes to help get this program back to the NCAA Tournament while continuing to build the culture we want here.”

Shewmaker is the son of Tim and Rita Shewmaker and he has two sisters, Brittany and Bethany. He also has two nephews, Lincoln and Ryker, who all still reside in his hometown of Corydon, Indiana.