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Coach, trainer step up to full time
Campbell given permanent women's basketball job; Ohkubo succeeds Craighead

Full time -- relatively small words but a very big deal to Lacey Campbell and Monica Ohkubo.

Campbell, after two years as interim women's basketball coach at Santa Rosa Junior College, has been hired as full-time coach.

Ohkubo, an adjunct certified athletic trainer at SRJC, takes over next fall for head trainer Byron Craighead, who is retiring after 37 years.

The positions were made official at the Santa Rosa JC Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night.

"It was important to everyone that the job went full-time because it's a major sport ," said Campbell, a former star player at Point Arena and Sonoma State.

"It's a good feeling," said the 25-year-old. "I had a job but it wasn't full-time. . . . Now I feel I really have a place here."

Ohkubo, 26, has similar thoughts about her new role.

"I'm excited to enter such a prestigious position and work with such a talented group of coaches, athletes and faculty," said Ohkubo, a Rancho Cotate grad who played softball at SRJC before going to SSU.

"My goal is to uphold and build upon the tradition already established," she said. "Byron is my mentor . . . he is so energetic about his profession and I love his passion and excitement for what he does."

Ohkubo called the job interview "the most rigorous interview process I'll ever see, but it goes along with SRJC being such a great institution."

Craighead, a legend among certified state athletic trainers, expects Ohkubo to "carry the ball and carry on the tradition here. . . . I don't mind handing the keys over to her."

He praised her "passion for the profession," adding "she will be a great educator and we are here to educate. . . . The training room is a classroom."

Ohkubo first came to SRJC with an undeclared major and "fell in love" with athletic training."

"I had thought about medical school but discovered this combines sports and medicine."

She earned her bachelor's degree in kinesiology at SSU in 2003 and went on to get her master's degree at San Jose State.

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