Few know that Cam Cameron’s coaching career actually began at age 13 when he drove to work with his stepfather, Tom Harp, and he’s still going strong at age 50 as the offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens.
Cameron drove to Indiana State University coaching offices in Terre Haute, Ind. with his stepfather, Tom Harp, and practically lived there from seventh grade through high school. Harp was the head coach, and assistant coach Bobby Turner basically took him under his wing.
Cameron was sitting in on coaching meetings and watching game tape at that early age. So is Turner, the running backs coach with the Washington Redskins. But Indiana State didn’t provide his only coaching mentors. Cameron absorbed everything he learned from every sports contact.
Among those was then Indiana State basketball superstar Larry Bird, who impressed the high school-aged Cameron with his competitiveness regardless if it was a shoot-around or pickup game. Cameron displayed that on the football field as a quarterback or point guard in basketball.
Cameron played collegiately at Indiana, coached by Lee Corso his first three years. Sam Wyche came aboard for Cameron’s senior season, fresh from a Super Bowl win with the San Francisco 49ers. He taught Cameron the no-huddle and West-Coast offenses. Since he also played hoops at Indiana, he also was coached by Bobby Knight.
After an injury ended his NFL career as a rookie, Cameron turned to coaching and was a grad assistant with Bo Schembechler at Michigan. The first quarterback he coached there was Jim Harbaugh.
After coaching at Indiana, Cameron went to the San Diego Chargers with Marty Schottenheimer where he taught Drew Brees and Philip Rivers.
And now he’s working with the Ravens’ Joe Flacco to try to take his game to the next level as well.