Craig Johnson, SCC 1971-2008
Craig graduated from Shadle Park High School in 1964, where he earned All-City and All State basketball honors. He continued his basketball career at both the University of Idaho and Whitworth College. Upon graduating, Johnson entered the coaching profession at Odessa High School, before he returned to Whitworth as assistant basketball coach under Cal Riemke. In 1971, Craig was selected to begin the development of the basketball program at the newly established Spokane Community College “Sasquatch” campus. He held the head coaching position from 1971-1979, with his teams compiling a 136-85 win/loss record. In his first year at SCC, his team won the 1971-72 Eastern Region Championship. His 1974-75, 1975-76, and 1978-79 teams were all NWAACC Conference Runners-up, and he was named Eastern Region Coach of the Year in 1975-76. In 1981, Coach Johnson became an assistant for the women’s basketball team and served under Scott Foxley with their 1981-82 and 1982-83 teams winning consecutive NWAACC Basketball Championships. He also played an integral role in the development of the physical education department at SCC, as both an instructor and the Department Chairman for over 38 years. Craig was inducted into the CCS Hall of Fame in 2006.