Tradition of Excellence

160 NWAC Championships
218 NWAC Region Championships
4 NCWSA Championships
3 NJCAA Championships
as of 07-27-2017
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Men's Basketball Wing

1966-67 Men's Basketball Team
Head Coach Hank Coplen and Assistant Coach Mike Macaulay

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The 1966-67 Men’s Basketball team won the Eastern Region WAACC Championship and went on to win the WAACC (Washington State Community College) Championship with a 19-9 overall record. This was the college’s first league championship in just their second season of athletic competition.  The team was led by the legendary head coach Hank Coplen, and assisted by Mike Macaulay. Jack Bafus was Athletic Director and Mike Mahoney was team manager.  In 1967, this team competed under the Spokane-SCC athletic banner and later became Spokane Falls when the Fort Wright campus was completed.  Jim Thacker and Bob Burrows were both named to the WAACC All-Tournament First Team. Spokane beat CBC 81-76 in the championship game to win the 1967 WAACC title. After winning the WAACC title, they were chosen to advance to the NJCAA regional championship in Boise where they lost to Arizona Western Community College, which was led by Nate Archibald. The team roster included Greg Allen, Dennis Ashe, Leroy Brown, Bob Burrows, Bill Crawford, Harvey Depew, John Fulton, Larry Heinz, Chuck Holley, Don Matson, Rod Pumphrey and Jim Thacker.


1971-72 Men's Basketball Team
Head Coach Craig Johnson


The 1971-72 Men’s Basketball team, which was led by head coach Craig Johnson, has been selected for the CCS Hall of Fame.  In its first ever year of competition in the NWAACC, Spokane Community College-Mission Campus, won the Eastern Region Championship and advanced to the WAACC Championship Tournament at Bremerton.  The team won the Eastern Region with a 9-3 record and finished the year at 19-9.  By winning the Eastern Region in its first year of play, the 1971-72 squad set the standard of excellence for all SCC basketball teams which followed.   SCC finished fifth in the WAACC State Tournament and was led by the play of First Team Eastern Region MVP selection, Ross Pace.  Other outstanding players for SCC were Sam Brasch, Captain Tom Fitchie, and Most Inspirational Player Ray Zander. The championship team roster also included Gene Krupke, Willie Tolbert, Randy Ferrell, Randy Gunning, Jerry Quenton, and Dave Jelle.  Don Kolb served as the Director of Athletics. 


1974-75 Men's Basketball Team
Head Coach Craig Johnson, Assistant Coach Maury Ray


The 1974-75 Men’s Basketball team, which was coached by Craig Johnson and assistant Maury Ray, has been selected for the CCS Hall of Fame.  This freshman dominated team finished second in the NWAACC Eastern Region with a 9-3 record and proved to be one of SCC’s all-time crowd pleasing teams with its wide open and exciting style of play. The team qualified for the NWAACC Tournament at Walla Walla where they beat Green River and Seattle Central to advance to the championship game.  They played a great Mt Hood team for the NWAACC title and finished second by a close 68-65 margin, culminating a record-setting year.  Spokane won over 20 games for the first time and finished the year with a 22-7 record.  The team was led by NWAACC First Team All-Tournament picks, Steve Alexander and Larry Anderson, and Second Team All-Tournament choice Erv Terry.   The 1974-75 CCS Hall of Fame team roster also included Bruce Fecht, Bruce Johnson, Millard Garrett, Jeff Hunter, Lonnie Warnecke, Travis Bailey, Tim Hagenson, Kirk Burgess, Rich Stewart, George McQuenn, Jerry Simon, Billy Smith, and Wilbert Lewis.
 

1975-76 Men's Basketball Team
Head Coach Craig Johnson, Assistant Coaches Maury Ray and Butch Halterman 


The 1975-76 Men’s Basketball team, which was coached by Craig Johnson and assistant coaches Maury Ray and Butch Halterman, has been selected for the CCS Hall of Fame. The 1975-76 SCC team finished second in the NWAACC Eastern Region with a 7-5 record behind a strong Yakima Valley team at 11-1.  SCC advanced through the playoffs to qualify for the NWAACC Tournament at Walla Walla where they beat a good Mt Hood team (49-42) in the first game and then destroyed their arch rival Spokane Falls (68-55) in the semi-finals.  In the Championship game they met Yakima Valley for the NWAACC title and finished a close second by a 60-53 score.  Spokane again won over 20 games to finish the year with a 21-10 final record.  The flamboyant play of the 1975-76 squad was led by Erv Terry, First Team NWAACC All- Tournament and First Team Eastern Region, Larry Anderson, First Team Eastern Region and Second Team NWAACC All-Tournament, and Steve Alexander, Second Team NWAACC All-Tournament.  This team’s brilliant play earned it a permanent spot in the hearts of all its fans.  The 1975-76 Hall of Fame team roster also included Greg Arlt, Kirk Burgess, Charles Clay, Bruce Johnson, Charles Upchurch, George McQueen, Jerry Simon, Kelly Keeler, Bruce Fecht, Nick Colella, Dan Skinner, and Craig Faire.


1978-79 Men's Basketball Team
Head Coach Craig Johnson, Assistant Coach Jerry Skaife


The 1978-79 Men’s Basketball team, coached by Craig Johnson and assistant coach Jerry Skaife, has been selected for the CCS Hall of Fame.  This outstanding team finished second in the Eastern Region with a 6-4 record on their way to qualifying for the NWAACC Championships.  During the regular season they served notice to the rest of the NWAACC that they were a potent force when they picked up their second straight home victory over perennial national power, College of Southern Idaho.  In the opening game of the NWAACC tournament, they beat a solid Grays Harbor team by a tight 59-57 score.  They defeated Everett 70-60 to advance to the title game.  In the championship game they met the host Walla Walla team where they lost a close 61-55 contest to take the runner-up spot in the NWAACC Tournament.   The 1978-79 team finished with a 19-10 record and was led by NWAACC First Team All-Tournament and NWAACC Most Valuable Player Ron Maben, and First Team All-Tournament selection Welton Jordan.  The 1978-79 Hall of Fame roster also included Jeff Robinson, Bob Minarik, Steve Ferrette, Guy Therien, Len East, Don Black, Gene Diamond, Ralph Davis, Mike Huff and Rob Fairbanks.


1999-00 Men’s Basketball Team
Head Coach Sam Brasch, Assistants Coaches Jay Humphrey and Jose’ Hernandez

2000 Men's Championship Basketball Team

The 1999-2000 Men’s Basketball team’s memorable season was capped off by winning the 2000 NWAACC Championship with an overall record of 20-10. The team was led by Andre Ervin who was selected as the tourney MVP (Phil Pesco Award) and the NWAACC All-Tournament First Team. Steve Chamberlain was also named to the NWAACC All Tournament First Team and Chris Allen was selected for the Most Inspirational Player (Art Ferio Award). Spokane started the season on a rebuilding note but finished very strong by winning the second NWAACC title in school history. Sam Brasch, who was named the NWAACC Coach of the Year, was helped by assistant coaches Jay Humphrey and Jose Hernandez.  John Mitchell was team manager. The team roster included Chris Allen, Chris Anderson, DaShawn Bedford, Nick Bemis, Steve Chamberlain, Chad Cheeley, Mark Crouch, Andre Ervin, Pat Harris, James Kiger, Erich Prazak, Jason Rayson, Phil Renz and Jeff Whitman.