@ElizabethtownNC @campbelloil January 17

I started the Coach4aday blog in 2014 and have done daily posts on one topic for each year. In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and in 2017 it was “Colleges and Universities”.

The one consistent piece of feedback I have received with this blog is the 2015 series on “A Friend of a Friend”. Readers and blog followers said please bring it back. The stats also back that up with the number of views each of those posts received.

So in 2018 two things will happen with the Coach4aday blog; One I plan to collaborate with a friend named John Rancke and revisit some of those 2015 “A Friend of a Friend” posts and do some new ones with a slightly different twist.

In addition John and I will write about things we both are interested which will include basketball, food, people, music, our granddaughters, and great stories.

If you want to follow the blog via email go to the bottom right of the post and click the follow button.

My twitter handle is @coach4aday2 if you want to follow the blog that way.

John’s twitter handle is @JohnRancke if you want to reach out to him.


I am blessed to have good friends and one of the best is Mac Campbell who lives in Elizabethtown NC. He has been a great friend to many people including leaders in college athletics.

Photo on left (l-r) Dan Kenney, Bobby Purcell NC Wolfpack Club, Mac Campbell, and UNC Wilmington AD Jimmy Bass.

Photo on right (l-r) Mac Campbell, Dan Kenney, and UNC Pembroke AD Dick Christy

I wrote about Mac Campbell and his friend Bobby Purcell back on February 18, 2015. Link to that story is below.


The entire Campbell Family can be summed up by classifying them as “Servant Leaders”.

Servant Leaders

They do so much for their community, church, friends, and universities they love. When you have a family like that in your town it is not surprising that it is deemed a great place to live. Recently I came across an article that says just that about Mac Campbell’s hometown of Elizabethtown NC. The article was talking about the most charming small towns in the State of North Carolina and at the top of the list was Elizabethtown NC.


Located in Bladen County, Elizabethtown is just shy of 4,000 year-round residents. A popular dwelling for families, the charming small town atmosphere is paired with a revitalized historic, downtown district and plenty of natural and manmade things to see and do.


In 1968, after graduating from UNC Pembroke with a BS in Business, Mac Campbell Jr. started full-time at Campbell Oil Company working, side by side, with his father, Mac Sr. He married his beautiful wife Sylvia in 1965 and they had four boys; twins Brian & Chris, McQueen, and Wesley.

(l-r) Brian, Chris, Sylvia, Mac, Wesley, and McQueen Campbell

Campbell Family

They currently have 14 grandchildren; 2 boys and 12 girls! In 1974, Mac Jr.’s dad became ill, and he began running the business while his father recovered. Campbell Oil continued to grow and started acquiring land for its first Convenience Store. A few years later, before the first store was fully opened, Mac Sr. went in the hospital for surgery that was unsuccessful and later died on August 7, 1981 just before turning 65 years old.

After his father’s death Mac Jr. took over as CEO of Campbell Oil Company. He grew the business to what it is today, and in 2011 retired the business to his boys. While Mac continues to be a major influence on the business, the 3rd generation of Campbell’s are running the business on a daily basis.

Mac Jr. is an Elder and member of Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church, Eagle Scout, President of “Bladen We Care Foundation” Board, President of the NCSU Wolfpack Club, member of the UNCP Football Advisory Board, and formerly served as President of the UNCP Foundation Board, NC Department of Transportation Board, UNCP Board of Trustees, Elizabethtown Airport Board, Bladen Blooming Board, and the Bladen County Committee 100.


In addition to Mac’s work his wife Sylvia serves as Mayor of Elizabethtown, NC and the Music Director and organist at Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church . When you have a family like the Campbell’s it is no wonder that their hometown is a great place to live.



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