Athletics

JeffCast Welcomes Hugh Campbell to the Team

Hugh Campbell

AMHERST, MA – If you watched either of the Amherst College men’s hockey teams first two games through JeffCast last weekend, you may have heard an unfamiliar voice coming over the airway on your home computer. That man with the Australian accent is Hugh Campbell, the new voice for both the Lord Jeff men’s and women’s home games this season.

Campbell first dipped his toes into broadcasting hockey over a decade ago when he started the Hockey Night in Greenfield Series. Each week for four winters, Campbell called the color commentary for the Franklin County Hockey Association as they played in the Greater Springfield League. During the 2001-02 season, Campbell moved up to work for WHMP on the team for the UMass-Amherst men’s hockey games. During that year Campbell gained experience watching the best college hockey in the nation, calling Minutemen games against Hockey East opposition.

Last year, Campbell first connected with Amherst for the NCAA Quarterfinal games of both the men’s and women’s teams as JeffCast operated in its inaugural season. Campbell has volunteered his time to the programs this winter, and Amherst could not be happier with his work. Sports Information Director Alex Kantor said “it has been great to have Hugh make a commitment to Amherst hockey this year. When you match someone with his enthusiasm for the game with his natural voice for the hockey, great things can happen.”

Campbell is originally from Adelaide, Australia, but has been living in nearby Millers Falls since 1986. After graduating from UMass-Amherst 1986, Campbell married Melissa Campbell. Hugh has three children of his own and lives with Melissa, her two sons and their three golden retrievers.

This year, Campbell plans to call each home game for both teams, and while a full JeffCast schedule is being finalized for the second semester, Amherst hopes to broadcast every home game. So if you are in Orr Rink this season, feel free to swing by the “Crow’s Nest” behind the benches during an intermission to say hello to Campbell, and tune into www.amherst.edu/athletics/jeffcast to listen to Amherst Hockey.