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Jo McDonald | SCC 1977-1996

Jo McDonaldAfter graduation from Ferris High School, Jo attended Eastern Washington University. She earned All-American honors in gymnastics in 1970 when she led Eastern to the women’s collegiate Class II national title. She was fifth in the floor exercise and sixth in the balance beam at that meet to begin an honor-filled career.  Jo competed in three more national tournaments, helping Eastern to finishes of fifth in 1971 and seventh in 1972. After winning the all-around competition at Eastern and UW her sophomore year, Jo placed 13th at the national competition. In 1974, she started the gymnastics program at Central Valley High School and was assistant coach at Spokane Community College from 1977-1985. The CCS teams won three national junior college titles, including several individual champions, and she was selected NJCAA Co-Coach of the Year three times. Jo served as CCS Women’s Athletic Commissioner from 1980 through 1994, the same year she was inducted into the NWAACC Hall of Fame.  She is also a member of the EWU and CCS Halls of Fame.

Rick Harrison | SCC 1976-Present

Rick HarrisonHarrison competed in gymnastics at Rogers High School before attending SFCC. He then went on to Eastern Washington University where he became a competitive college gymnast. Upon graduation, Rick became girl’s head coach for Rogers High School. He then began serving as long-time head gymnastics coach for the Community Colleges of Spokane from 1976-1987. Harrison’s teams won the National NJCAA Championships in 1980, 1981, and 1982 and Rick was named National Coach of the Year four consecutive seasons 1979-1982. He also was awarded the NCWSA Regional Coach of the Year in 1980. Coach Harrison’s 1983, 1985, and 1986 teams were runners-up in the national championships. After gymnastics was dropped at CCS in 1988, he coached high school teams in Spokane for another 18 seasons.  Following his gymnastics coaching career, Rick continued as an assistant coach for two years in tennis and five years with the soccer program at CCS. He taught a variety of physical education classes before his retirement in 2018 and still serves as the CCS sports photographer. In 2006 he was inducted into both the CCS and the NWAACC Halls of Fame.