Tradition of Excellence

155 NWAC Championships
213 NWAC Region Championships
4 NCWSA Championships
3 NJCAA Championships
as of 11-27-2016
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Hall of Fame

Members from Spokane include:


Terry Brown: A strong supporter of community colleges athletics at both Yakima and Spokane for the past 20 years. Terry was the Chief Executive Officer for the Community Colleges of Spokane from 1987 to 1998. He served 15 years as a teacher and coach. Terry was instrumental in bringing Oregon Colleges into the NWAACC. He truly believes in the improvement of quality of life that comes as a result of physical fitness and wellness.

John Buck (deceased):  Buck began his career at Spokane Community College in 1971 as an instructor in physical education classes and as the first Men's Cross Country and Track Coach. As the Men's Cross Country Coach from 1971-75, Buck won four AACC/NWAACC titles in five years, including one perfect score (15) in the league championship.  As the Head Men's Track Coach from 1972 to 1982, he won 10 AACC/NWAACC Championship titles that included more than 66 individual conference champions and three Olympic athletes.  His track coaching record at SCC is unequaled in NWAACC history.  Buck also played a major role in the football program as an assistant coach for five years and then as head coach in 1987 until football was dropped from the NWAACC in 1989.  He retired from CCS in June of 1998 to work on his ranch in Colbert, Washington.

Hank Coplen: Three-sport letterman from Rogers High School and graduated from Eastern Washington University. Hank was the State High School "B" Basketball tournament director for many years. He coached at Columbia Basin, Highline, and CCS being named Community College Coach of the Year in 1966 after leading the men's basketball team to the Eastern Division Junior College Championship. Hank served as Athletic Director for CCS from 1964 to 1968 and became Admissions Coordinator from 1974 to 1984.

Bob Everson (deceased): Assistant Football and Basketball Coach, Cheney High School, 1959; Head Football Coach, Cheney, 1960-63; Assistant Football, Head Wrestling, and Golf Coach, Yakima Valley College, 1964-67; Head Football and Golf Coach, Yakima Valley, 1968-72; Assistant Football Coach, University of Washington 1971-74; Head Golf Coach, CCS, 1976-86; first in state, 1979; Head Football Coach, CCS, 1974-88, league champions, 1984; co-champions, 1985; NWAACC Co-Coach of the Year, 1985; won four Regional Championships, two NWAACC Championships. Bob served 23 years as the Football Sports Committee Chairman, three terms. Bob was an outstanding PE instructor and coach at the community college level.

Bill Johnson: Johnson was hired by Spokane Falls Community College in 1968 as a Physical Education Instructor and head coach of the men's baseball team.  During his 11 years at the SFCC helm, Bill compiled a 217-173 record. His baseball teams finished at or near the top of the tough Eastern Region time after time.  In addition to coaching baseball at SFCC, Johnson has been an Assistant Basketball and Softball Coach as well as teaching physical education classes for the past 30 years.  He has traveled extensively as a coach for International All-Star Sports Teams to Europe and Australia and to many baseball camps in the United States and Canada.  From 1980-86, he was a scout for the Chicago Cubs professional baseball team.  Johnson continues to assist the baseball and softball programs at CCS.  He and his wife, Joyce, have two adult children, Chuck and David.

Dusty Lane (deceased): Dusty Lane became one of the most honored and successful track and field athletes in the history of Washington state.  At Cashmere High School, Lane won six individual state titles in track, including the 300m intermediate hurdles three years in row.  Lane found immediate success at the collegiate level in 1997 when he was the NWAACC Champion in the decathlon, the 110m hurdles, and the 400m hurdles, setting a conference record in the latter. He was also a member of the winning 400m relay team.  Lane was voted Male Athlete of the Meet as he led the Community Colleges of Spokane to the team title.  In 1999, Lane garnered national attention in the decathlon when he broke Dan O'Brien's school record at the Mt. Sac Relays.  His point total of 7370 was also the third best junior college mark at that time.  He went on to win the NWAACC decathlon in early May.  At the NWAACC Conference Championships, Lane culminated his great career in Spokane by winning three individual events, including the 100m and 200m, in which he set school and conference records.  He was also a member of two winning relay teams and was once again named Male Athlete of the Meet. 

Lane accepted a full scholarship for track and field at the University of Alabama in the spring of 1999 and was looking forward to continuing his career in track.  In June of 1999, Dusty tragically lost his life in a rafting accident on the Spokane River.  CCS renamed The Bigfoot Open, The Dusty Lane Open, to honor Lane and keep his name and memory alive.

Jo McDonald: 15 years of service for Spokane Community College as a coach, physical education instructor, and counselor. Jo was the Women's Athletic Commissioner-12 years; NWAACC Executive Board-four years; SCC coach-seven years; Region III Chair-five years; Sport Committee Chair-ten years; National NJCAA Co-Meet Director for Gymnastics, 1981; Co-Coach of the Year for gymnastics, 1980; Assistant Coach 1980-82 NJCAA National Team Champions. Jo played a leadership role in the development of community college athletics in general and women's athletics in particular for 15 years.

Priscilla "Dee" Miller-McMillan: A graduate of Richland High School, she played number one singles for CBC during the early years of women's athletics in 1959-61. Dee graduated from Washington State in 1963. She taught school in Selah and then married before returning for two years of graduate work at WSU. Has lived in Colville since 1969 and has been active in a variety of civic and political activities. She represented the far northeastern region of the state on the CCS Board of Trustees for many years. Dee is a long-time athletic program supporter.

Dwight Pool: Head Football Coach at Spokane Falls from 1967 to 1974, finishing with a 52-21-1 record. During that time his teams earned three league championships (1968, 1973, and 1974). The 1968 team has the only undefeated season on record at SFCC. Dwight coached five years at Columbia Basin College with a 40-3-2 record, winning four league championships between1962-1965. Combining both records, he has coached more championship teams than any other coach in the NWAACC. Dwight was inducted into the Washington Coaches Hall of Fame.

Jerry Skaife: A graduate of Rogers High School, Columbia Basin College, and the University of Idaho. At Rogers he was All-City, at CBC All-Conference, and at Idaho he was Big Sky All-Conference two consecutive years. Jerry began his career at CCS as the Men’s Head Basketball Coach. From 1980 to 1985, Jerry was the Women’s Assistant Basketball Coach, assisting them in three NWAACC Championships. Jerry also was the Softball Head Coach, leading them to the NWAACC title in 1987, 1988, and 1990. Jerry is now an Assistant Softball Coach.

NWAACC ROLL OF HONOR AND GOLD CARD HOLDERS

These individuals have enhanced the quality of athletic competition in Northwest community colleges. This is the NWAACC's show of appreciation and recognition of these individuals for their years of dedication and service. Each honoree received an NWAACC Gold Card lifetime membership.

Roll of Honor Members from Spokane include:

Jack Bafus: Named to the Roll of Honor in 1990. Jack served the Spokane Community Colleges for 14 years, beginning in 1965 as Head Baseball Coach and Assistant Basketball Coach. He was the Athletic Director at Spokane Falls from 1967-79.

Scott Foxley (deceased): Named to the Roll of Honor in 1989. Scott was the Women’s Head Basketball Coach 1974-78 and 1978-85, and won the NWAACC Women's Basketball title in the 1982-83 and 1983-84 seasons, Head Baseball Coach 1980-82; Men’s Tennis Head Coach 1974-78, won the NWAACC Tennis title in the 1976-77 season.

Max Jensen: Named to the Roll of Honor in 1990. Max was the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Head Coach 1975-76, and won the Men’s Cross Country NWAACC Championships during this season; Men’s Cross Country Coach 1977-78; Women’s Cross Country Coach 1981-82; and Women’s Track and Field Head Coach in 1976 and 1982.

Dr. Walter Johnson (deceased): Named to the Roll of Honor in 1988. Director of Vocational Education at SCC. First President of SCC 1963. President of District 17 in 1970. Started athletic programs at SCC and SFCC. The SCC Sports Center was named in his honor in 1978. Dr. Johnson was a member of the State Board for Community College Education 1978-82. Was on the Board of Directors of AACJC.

Michael Keller: Named to the Roll of Honor in 1992. Head Coach Men’s Track and Field and Cross Country at SFCC 1968-73. Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach at the University of Idaho. Coach and manager of Dan O’Brien World and Olympic record holder in the decathlon.

Dale Kennedy: Named to the Roll of Honor in 1990. Started women’s athletics at SCC. Head Coach Women’s Cross Country and Track, 1976-80. Under Dale’s leadership, his teams won the NWAACC Track and Cross Country Championships in 1977-78, 1978-79, and 1979-80 season. Assistant Coach Men’s Track and Field 1976-81. Organized Future Christian Athletes of America at SCC.

Jefferson Overholser: Named to the Roll of Honor in 1989. Jeff was President of the Washington Athletic Administration for Athletic programs 1977-78. Administrative Assistant Services 1970-77. He was the Dean of Student Personnel Services at SFCC 1967-70. Retired as the Vice President of CCS in 1988. Former Athletic Commissioner and Bigfoot Booster Club Member.

Dr. Max Snyder (deceased): Retired as Chief Executive Officer of CCS 1976-80. Named to the Roll of Honor in 1990. Served three years on the SFCC Legislative Committee. President elect of WACC Presidents. Max was very supportive of athletics in all of his service.

Lloyd Stannard: Retired as President of SCC, 1974-77. Began teaching in Washington public schools in 1938. Lloyd was superintendent of three public schools from 1943-68. Served as Extension Service Supervisor for Washington community College District 16 from 1968-74. Lloyd helped to start the Bigfoot Booster Club and was one of the original Executive Committee members. Named to the Roll of Honor in 1990.

Mary Jo Tracy-Lambert: Named to the Roll of Honor in 1990. Mary Jo was the first Women’s Volleyball Coach at SFCC, 1972-81. Won the State AACCC in 1980-81 and 1981-82 seasons and was named WAACC Coach of the Year in 1980-81.