Nikki Campbell is the true definition of a two-sport standout, and was the first true two-sport star in the Columbia-Barnard Athletic Consortium. Campbell was an all-conference player in both field hockey and softball as a Lion.
If one were to look at the history of Columbia field hockey, it would be impossible not to find Campbell’s name all over the record books. A dominant player and prolific scorer, Campbell was an offensive force for the Lions. During her four year career, she scored 40 goals and compiled 96 points – both Columbia records that have stood for over a decade. In fact, the next closest player in career points is Melissa Macomber who has 59. She also holds the first, third and fifth-best single-season goal totals in school history. Campbell was a two-time All-Ivy League selection, including first team recognition as a senior. She helped lead her team to the best finish in program history in 2000 when the Lions won the ECAC tournament and finished 13-6 overall.
But that wasn’t enough for Campbell. Once field hockey ended in the fall, she shifted gears to compete for the Columbia softball team in the spring. Campbell was a sparkplug at the top of the batting order. She ranks fifth all-time in career batting average of .305, and holds the school record for stolen bases with 22.
Aside from her impressive athletic ability, Campbell was respected by her teammates and looked to for leadership. She is the only woman in school history to captain two different varsity teams during her senior year. At the conclusion of her senior year, Campbell was awarded the Connie S. Maniatty Outstanding Female Senior Student-Athlete Award in 2002. She also was honored in 2009 when she was named to the Columbia-Barnard Athletic Consortium Silver Anniversary Honor Roll.
Following her graduation in 2002, Campbell did medical research on multiple sclerosis at the University of Chicago before deciding to go to nursing school to pursue her master’s degree in anesthesia. She currently works as a nurse anesthetist at Cooper University Hospital.