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Lacy Roe Campbell

Class of 1992


Tusculum College Sports Hall of Fame




Lacy Roe Campbell was born in Washington County, Tennessee in 1900. He grew up in Greene County and attended college at Tusculum College in Greeneville for one year before transferring to the University of Tennessee. While at Tennessee, Campbell played on the Volunteers football team from 1920-1924, in the quarterback and full back positions. Tennessee's football coach was M.B. Banks. He played on the Volunteers basketball team from 1921-1922, which included playing first team in the first basketball matchup between Tennessee and Vanderbilt University. He played on the Tennessee baseball team in 1921 and 1922. In 1922, Tennessee awarded him the Porter Cup, which was given to the best all-around athlete at Tennessee. Campbell was named All Southern Conference (the predecessor to the NCAA SEC) and played on the Boston Braves Major League Baseball farm team for a short period of time. Campbell remained in Knoxville after graduating from Tennessee and pursued a long career in banking, serving as an executive at Fidelity Bankers Trust and Valley Fidelity Bank before he retired. He was president of the Knoxville Downtown Kiwanis Club and president of the University of Tennessee Alumni Association. Campbell became interested in tennis at the age of 48. In 1960, Campbell and several other tennis players formed the Knoxville Racquet Club, a well-known tennis and swimming facility which continues to flourish. Campbell directed the first national USTA sanctioned tournament for 45 and over adult players, which was held at KRC. This led to the creation of the senior tennis program and its multiple age divisions. Campbell died in Knoxville in 1988, at age 88.