Greater Columbus Basketball Legend Association
CHARLES (Buddy) McCAMPBELL
CHARLES (Buddy) MCCAMPBELL
2014 GCBLA INDUCTEE
Charles (Buddy) McCampbell was selected to the Columbus Citizen Journal All-City League first team as a 6’3” forward from the Central High School Pirates basketball team in 1955. McCampbell made the squad as a second teamer as a junior the previous season. Collectively, all members of this selected team were very balanced with size, shooting ability, defense and all members were better than average ball-handlers. While at Central, Buddy was a scholar as well as a three-sport athlete and continued his academic/athletic endeavors at Bowling Green State University where he impressed the coaches and worked his way into the Falcons’ starting lineup as a small forward. McCampbell became known as a poker-faced young man on the court and in social settings. At BG, he was captain of the undefeated freshman basketball team. As a junior, he was selected second team All Mid-American Conference and as a senior he was voted varsity team captain of BGSU’s MAC championship team and selected to first team All-MAC basketball team. After college, Chuck enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served two years deployed to the Vietnam War, earning a Bronze Star and he continued his involvement in basketball and was selected to the All-Army Basketball Team in 1961. McCampbell retired from the U.S. Army in 1980 at the rank of Major after serving for 20 years. He is founder and current CEO of Heritage Paper Co. Inc. which markets paper and office supplies nationally. He now resides in Bradenton, Florida where he has coached boys and girls youth basketball and serves as a board member of the Team Success Charter School.