Prep basketball | Shawn Campbell resigns as Bayshore boys coach, cites health concerns

Ex-pro player says health issuesreason for his exit

jdill@bradenton.comMay 1, 2013 

MANATEE -- Shawn Campbell said he needs to be 100 percent to coach high school basketball in Manatee County.

Not in the best health during the past year, Campbell decided to step down as Bayshore's head basketball coach after two seasons.

"At Bayshore, they need someone there six days a week, and I am just not physically up to it right now," Campbell said.

Campbell took over the Bruins with a vision to build the program, but is taking time off to work on getting back to full strength.

Prior to last season beginning, Campbell suffered a perforated bowel and then had a "really bad MRSA infection in my leg," which caused the former professional player to take medical leave from his post as a teacher at Manatee School for the Arts.

Campbell said he hasn't recovered yet.

"Between those two majors, this last one I just barely got released last week," Campbell said. "I missed nine weeks of school. I just need to take some time, a year or two, and get myself back together healthwise."

The 7-foot-1 Campbell also has a pre-existing blood clot disorder and has to take blood thinners, which makes recovering from wounds take that much longer.

"I knew he was battling health issues for a little more than a year now," Bayshore athletic director Chris Brady said. "I didn't expect his resignation (Tuesday), but understand because of the situation he's trying to recover in. He has a desire to coach, but he wants to do it to the best of his ability."

Prior to Bayshore, Campbell guided Manatee High to the Class 5A regional portion of the state tournament in 2010 for the program's first regional appearance since 2002.

However, he was let go following the 2009-10 season after spending two years as the Hurricanes head coach.

By the summer of 2011, the former Weber State University star and the Phoenix Suns draft pick in 1985 landed his next coaching gig.

Bayshore went 16-31 in Campbell's two seasons, including 6-18 in 2012-13.

"Right now, his personal health is going to be his first priority," Brady said. "He needs to get that taken care of and rectified. Even with that, that's prevented him from doing things the basketball coach that he'd like to do to build up the program."

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