With the start of the 2012-13 season, Head Coach Brent Campbell begins his 18th season as a college cheerleading coach and his 13th season at Wake Forest.
Campbell is responsible for overseeing, coaching and planning for the cheerleading and dance teams and university mascots, while encouraging Wake Forest spirit, pride and excitement at athletic events.
Under Campbell's direction, the Demon Deacon spirit program has been ranked among the nation's top 20 with both UCA/UDA and NCA/NDA for the past eight years. In the spring of 2008, the Demon Deacon Cheer Team got its first-ever top-10 finish at NCA College Nationals. The Deacons finished sixth in Co-ed Intermediate, beating all other ACC squads in that division.
Most recently, Campbell led the team to a top-15 ranking in the 2011 National Cheerleaders Association College Cheerleading Championships.
Campbell has also worked with Universal Cheerleaders Association instructing summer camps, stunt clinics and judging since college. He is AACCA Safety Certified.
Campbell graduated from Appalachian State University in 1995 with a B.S. degree in communication and a minor in sociology. At ASU, Campbell cheered from 1991-95 on the varsity co-ed team. He competed on the 1995 top-10 ranked nationals team. He also traveled with the Mountaineers to many national playoffs, including games in New Hampshire and Boise. Campbell was named most valuable and a scholar athlete.
Prior to his time at Wake Forest, Campbell was an assistant cheerleading coach at his alma mater. He also coached at Francis Marion and Coastal Carolina Universities, both in South Carolina. Campbell helped jump start both programs which are now competitive.
Coach Campbell is a full-time television reporter and anchor with the local FOX affiliate, WGHP. A Mocksville, N.C. native, he currently lives in Winston-Salem with his dogs, Jake and Sydney.