Campbell University

Campbell University Athletics
P.O. Box 10 Buies Creek, NC 27506
Division 1 North Carolina Southeast
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Samar Azem

Samar Azem was named head coach in July of 2017 after serving as an assistant coach for one year and an associate head coach for two seasons. An alumna of Campbell, Azem was a goalkeeper for the Camels women's soccer program from 2003-07.


Azem led the Camels to an overall record of 10-7-2 (5-2-2 Big South) in her first year at the helm of the Campbell women's soccer program in 2017. For the second consecutive season, the Camels netted 40 goals, which led the Big South. CU also led the conference in goals per game (2.11), points (108) and corners (108). Under Azem's tutelage, sophomore Alexa Genas had a historic year, netting 15 goals, the fourth most in a single season in program history. At the end of the season, Genas was named the Big South Attacking Player of the Year, the second player in Campbell history to win the award. Additionally, Genas, Anna Brantley and Shelby Denkert picked up all-conference accolades and Siara Southerland was named to the all-freshman team. Azem led the Camels to its fourth consecutive appearance in the Big South Championship semifinals.


In 2016, Azem coached an attack that led the conference in goals (40), assists (43) and points (123). The Camels had six athletes named to all-conference teams, including Alexa Genas, Payton Ormsby and Murita Storey, who received first team all-conference honors. The Campbell defense posted six shutouts on the year, including three in a row to end the season and clinch a top four seed for the Camels in the conference tournament.


In her second season with Campbell, Azem continued to improve the Camels goalkeepers and defense. The team finished the campaign with a 0.99 goals-against average overall and a 1.11 goals-against in Big South play. The senior goalkeeping duo recorded a combined eight shutouts during the season en route to Campbell's runner-up finish in the Big South Tournament. She also led the team in training sessions, which saw the team reach high offensive outputs. The Camels offensive scoring per game ranked fourth in the Big South (1.52), with their assists (39) ranking first in the conference and 26th in Division I. The team finished third in the conference in total goals on the season (32) and second in total points (103).


During her first season at Campbell in 2014, Azem primarily focused on goalkeepers and the defense. Prior to Azem's arrival, the 2013-14 season had a 2.27 GAA (39 goals), which was second lowest in the Big South. During her first season, the Camels defensive group only allowed 24 goals in 18 matches, earning the second best GAA in the Big South at 1.18. The tandem of Alexis Connors and Samantha Lawson combined for five shutouts, improving on the three during the 2013 season. During the course of conference play, Azem also devoted time to working with and bettering the other aspects of the team throughout training and Big South games.


Prior to arriving at Campbell, Azem was the head coach at Anderson University for three seasons (2011-13). At Anderson, she compiled a 21-24-9 overall record, with a 12-10-7 mark in three years of South Atlantic Conference play. After the 2013 season, three Trojans were placed on SAC all-conference teams, including three-time selection, goalkeeper Kaitlyn Neipp. Azem coached 10 Trojans to postseason all-conference accolades during her tenure.


In 2011, Anderson reached the semifinal round of the SAC Tournament for the first time in program history. Azem also guided the team to a No. 8 ranking in the Southeast Region during the regular season.


Prior to Anderson, Azem served as an assistant coach at Presbyterian for the 2010 season, where she primarily focused on goalkeeper training. Blue Hose goalkeepers recorded five shutouts on the season with a 1.99 GAA, the strongest by a PC team during the transition to NCAA Division I. While at Presbyterian, Azem took the lead in designing, creating and implementing PC’s first-ever winter camp and worked with supporters and community groups to raise funds for facility upgrades and to boost awareness in the community.


Azem was the top assistant at Mercer during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. The Bears won their first ever regular season Atlantic Sun championship in 2008, as Azem coached keeper Jean Worts. Her GAA ranked 11th in the nation among Division I goalkeepers, while the overall defense ranked sixth nationally.


In 2007, Azem began her coaching career as an assistant at Brevard College, where she coordinated recruiting, team travel, scouting and game-day preparations.


Azem also brings club coaching experience to the Creek. She was the head coach of the 2012 97 CESA Anderson and part of the SC Olympic Development Program staff. While at Mercer, she trained goalkeepers at the Central Georgia Soccer Association and the Macon Soccer Club, two of Central Georgia’s largest soccer clubs. Azem has trained and evaluated young players at Carolina Elite Soccer Association and has also organized and overseen camp and clinic sessions with a number of top Georgia clubs in the Atlanta region.


During her collegiate playing career at Campbell, Azem helped lead the Fighting Camels to the A-Sun Conference regular-season and tournament championships in 2004. In 2005, she was named to the all-Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Team for her performance in goal, helping the Camels return to the conference tournament title match. Azem also garnered A-Sun all-academic recognition and earned the squad’s Coaches Award twice (2005-06).


She remains in the CU women’s soccer record book, currently ranking fifth all-time in saves (183), tenth in solo shutouts (5) and seventh in GAA (1.39)


The Jos, Nigeria, native graduated with a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and a minor in psychology from Campbell in 2007 and earned her master’s degree in education from Mercer in 2010

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Jamie Corti

The 2018 season will be Jamie Corti’s third year with the Campbell women’s soccer staff. She was promoted to the role of associate head coach in February of 2017 after serving as an assistant coach for the team beginning in the spring of 2016.


During her second season at Campbell in 2017, Corti helped to lead a CU team that scored 40 goals, which ranked 24th in the nation in scoring offense at the conclusion of the regular season. Corti was the primary coach of the Camels defensive unit, which posted the largest goal differential since 2004. The Camels conceded just 18 goals on the season, the fewest since the 1995 season. Defensive players Anna Brantley and Shelby Denkert earned all-conference accolades under the direction of Corti.


In 2016, Corti helped lead a Campbell squad that ranked first in the Big South in goals (40), assists (43) and points (123). She played a large role in coaching the Camels' defensive unit, which posted six shutouts on the year including three in a row to end the season and clinch a top four seed for CU in the conference tournament.


Prior to her coming to Campbell, Corti served as an assistant coach at the University of Central Florida since June of 2013. The Knights made the NCAA tournament each year during her tenure in Orlando, including a Sweet 16 appearance in the 2014 season.


As a member of the UCF staff, Corti helped the Knights appear in their ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament. In the 2014 season, she helped the Knights to their first undefeated conference record since the 1999 season. The team also won the American Athletic Conference, the first team in UCF history to do so. The team had three player of the year honors from the conference and won a school record 18 games. Also during 2014, she earned her NSCAA GK level 1 and NSCAA Diploma.


Prior to joining the UCF staff, Corti spent two seasons at Virginia Commonwealth University as a graduate assistant where she helped the team record 13 shutouts and boast the third best goals allowed and goals-against-average in the CAA in 2010. She returned to VCU in 2012 as an assistant coach after a year as an assistant coach at her alma mater, UNC Greensboro. During the 2012 season, she helped the Rams to a 12-5-5 record and an Atlantic 10 Championship game appearance.


Corti played collegiately at UNC Greensboro from 2004-08. During her time as a Spartan, the team captured four Southern Conference championships, including a perfect conference record for three of them. The team also made the NCAA tournament twice during that span. As a starter at center defender, the Spartans boasted a 44-4-4 record in conference play. In 2007 and 2008, she was a team captain and named team MVP. Corti was also a first-team All-SoCon selection during those two seasons.


Following the 2007 season, NSCAA and Soccer Buzz named her to the third-team all-region for her outstanding performance on a backline that allowed 0.86 goals per game. During her final three years, she started 65 of 66 games, allowing just 0.92 goals-against and recording 33 shutouts.


Corti was born in Florence, Italy, and her family relocated to Apex, N.C., prior to her high school career, where she was an all-state defender at Apex High School.

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Olivia Mills

Olivia Mills begins her second season as an assistant coach on the Campbell women’s soccer program in 2018. Mills is involved in all areas of recruiting, field instruction and administrative tasks, as well as working specifically with the goalkeepers and CU’s sport science initiatives.


During her first year at Campbell in 2017, Mills helped train the Camels' goalkeeping unit, which only conceded 18 goals, the fewest since 1995. CU goalkeepers Erin Scott and Natalya Marcove posted a combined goals-against-average of 0.93, which finished the season ranked second in the Big South. Scott developed into one of the conference's best keepers under the direction of Mills. She allowed just 17 goals in 1495 minutes between the sticks for a GAA of 1.02, the fourth best in program history. Scott notched six solo shutouts on the season, which also ranks fourth in Campbell women's soccer history. Additionally, Mills played a key role in the Camels' strength and conditioning, leading warmups at practices and at away matches.


She came to The Creek from Troy, where she served as an assistant coach during the 2016 season. Under her guidance, the Troy goalkeepers only allowed 22 goals on the season, posting a stellar 1.05 GAA. Mikki Lewis had a stellar 2016 season, posting seven shutouts, a 1.08 GAA, which is the fourth-best in program history, and notching 65 saves. In addition, Mills developed and facilitated the 13-week offseason strength program, mobility and muscular regeneration recovery sessions and weekly on-field lifting sessions.


Mills kicked off her coaching career in 2015 at Stetson, where she served as an assistant coach. She worked with the Hatters’ goalkeepers, as well as working closely with the staff to design and facilitate all aspects of team training. Under her tutelage, the goalkeepers posted a 1.99 GAA and notched 92 saves. Mills also helped to develop physiological initiatives for the program, including heart rate monitor application and data analysis, nutrition oversight and facilitation of strength and conditioning and recovery sessions.


Prior to arriving in DeLand, Fla., Mills spent the summer of 2015 as a strength and conditioning intern at Colorado State, where she developed and executed the summer strength and conditioning program for the Rams football program.


She graduated from Valdosta State in 2015 with a degree in Exercise Physiology. Mills spent all four seasons in goal with the Blazers, and helped to lead VSU to the 2014 Gulf South Conference championship and a No. 23 overall ranking, as well as three consecutive NCAA Division II Tournament appearances from 2012-14. She earned all-conference honors on three occasions and was named to the Gulf South’s all-academic team in 2012, 2014 and 2015.


Mills has applied her exercise science degree to good use since graduating from VSU, earning five different certifications. She has earned the USA Weightlifting Certification, American Heart Association CPR and AED certifications, the Goalkeeping License, and is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist.

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