Former player Cameron Campbell will take over the general manager position from head coach John Camp.
“I’m very excited and honored to be taking over the position as GM. UGA Hockey has been a large part of my life the past five years, and I’m grateful that I will be able to stay involved and continue helping build the program,” Campbell said.
Team president Robby Witwer said for him, Campbell was a “no-brainer” for the position.
Witwer took over Campbell’s previous role as team president after the December game series in Athens, Georgia.
“He knows what it takes to get the job done and beyond that, he has a genuine passion for Georgia hockey,” Witwer said. “I have no doubt he will do great things and I look forward to working with him side by side as we chase another College Hockey South Championship.”
Camp said that he is thrilled for Campbell taking on the general manager position. He said with Campbell being the team captain and team president, he has “a solid understanding of the requirements of the position and that we can add an alumni to the position carries a strong level of confidence among the coaching staff and the team.”
Camp said that the time was right and Campbell is the “perfect individual to fill the GM position.” He added that his hopes for Campbell are that he can assist the team in its ongoing growth and success.
During his time playing for UGA Hockey, Campbell has played in 102 regular season games, has spent one season as assistant captain, two seasons as team captain, two years as player board vice president and two years as player board team president.
“Cam’s years of experience both as a player and working on the business side make him the perfect fit for the GM position. No one knows the ins and outs of UGA hockey quite like Cam. We’re lucky he’s sticking around,” Witwer said.
While Campbell will take over the general manager position, Camp will continue to lead the Ice Dawgs.
“We have a great leadership team in our new player board that I’m looking forward to working with,” Campbell said. “I’m pumped to continue to work with Robby Witwer and help him transition into his role as Team President – where I know he will excel. I’ve worked very closely with Coach Camp in my time here at UGA, and it means so much to me to be able to continue to work with him. I know I have the best mentor in my corner to help me transition into this new role.”
Witwer said that his hopes for the next year is to continue the “great working relationship between the player board and team management” that Camp and Campbell established.
Camp joined the coaching staff in 2017, but has been coaching for over 30 years. He has coached organizations at the middle and high school levels, Tier III Junior, Junior B and University Club levels in five different states.
During his time with UGA Hockey, he has secured one CHS championship as head coach, two SECHC championships as assistant coach, two Savannah championships, two Veterans Cup championships and has made two appearances at Nationals – one as head coach and one as assistant coach.
Camp was also named the CHS Coach of the Year last season.
Currently, the Ice Dawgs have a Collegiate Hockey Federation Record of 14-3-2 and a CHS Record of 11-2-1 with nine regular season games left in the season. At the winter break, the Ice Dawgs are first in the CHS Eastern Division and are ranked 16th nationally.
“With Cam picking up the GM duties, I will now have additional time to focus on preparing the team for the spring semester push for post-season play. The entire landscape of non varsity college hockey has become very balanced and extremely competitive,” Camp said. “I will also be devoting more time to recruiting and spreading the gospel about The University of Georgia and UGA Hockey.”