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Hank Coplen, CCS 1967-1986

Hank CoplenCoplen was hired in 1964 by Dr. Walter Johnson as the first athletic director and men’s basketball coach at Spokane Falls Community College. He was also named as the first men’s cross country coach. His team won the Washington Athletic Association of Community College cross country championship in 1967-68. Coplen’s best men’s basketball team won the WAACC state title in 1966-67 and went on to compete at the NJCAA regional tournament in Boise, Idaho. An outstanding basketball coach and teacher his entire career, he coached successfully at numerous Washington high schools. He also coached basketball at Highline Community College and Columbia Basin College where he won two state titles. After coaching he returned to Spokane to run the extension program for the Community Colleges of Spokane. Coplen has been honored by selection to the CCS, NWAACC, WIAA Basketball Coaches and Inland Empire Halls of Fame.

John Buck, CCS 1971-1997

John BuckBuck was from Davenport High School where he was a three-sport All Star athlete. He went on to Southern Oregon College in Ashland, Oregon where he earned NAIA All-American honors in football. Buck then began a lifelong coaching career with stops at Ashland High School, Idaho State University and the University of Utah. John began his career at Spokane Community College in 1971 as a physical education instructor and the first men’s cross country and track and field coach. His men’s cross country teams won four AACC/NWAACC titles in five years, including his 1974 near perfect score (16) in the league championship. As head men’s track coach from 1972-1982, Buck won ten consecutive 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 CCS football program, serving as assistant coach for five years and as head coach from 1987 until the program was dropped in 1989.  John was inducted into the CCS Hall of Fame and the NWAACC Hall of Fame in 2000.

Duane Hartman, SCC 1974-2000

Duane HartmanHartman graduated from Bellarmine Prep High School in Tacoma as a multisport standout. He continued has higher education at Eastern Washington University where he was a four-year track letterman and a competitive weight lifter. Duane began his outstanding teaching and coaching career at Mead High School where he was head cross country and track and field coach and led his teams to many district and state championships.  In 1978 Coach Hartman became head men’s cross country coach at Spokane Community College and later added track and field to his duties. His 1979 men’s cross country team and six consecutive track and field teams (1983-1988) all won NWAACC championship titles. Hartman also coached women’s cross country and track and field. His 1983 cross country team captured the NWAACC championship. His coaching career included 16 second place winners.  He was named NWAACC Coach of the Year ten times.  Duane was a track and field official for the National Junior Olympics, Olympic Trials, World University Games, and the 1966 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a member of the Washington State High School Coaches Hall of Fame and was a 25-Year Service Award winner from the Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame. Duane was inducted into the CCS Hall of Fame in 2001 and became a member of the NWAACC Hall of Fame in 2003.

Erik Anderson, CCS 1996-99 & 2004-09

Erik AndersonErik was both an outstanding athlete and a great coach in the NWAACC. He ran cross country and track and field for Clark College where he earned All-American honors in both sports. Anderson then went on to run for Linfield College in Oregon. There he earned two NAIA All-American awards in track and cross country, including a third-place finish nationally in the steeplechase and 17th in cross country. His coaching career began as an assistant at Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) from 1996-1999. In 1999 through 2003, Erik served as head coach for cross country and track at Clark College. Then in 2004, Anderson returned to CCS, taking over as head cross country coach for both men and women. During his career, Erik was named NWAACC Cross Country Coach of the Year consecutively from 2002 through 2008, and NWAACC Track and Field Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2003. His CCS men's cross country teams won championship titles in 2004 through 2008. Anderson’s women's cross country teams at Clark won in 2002 and 2003, then at CCS in 2006, 2007 and 2008.  His Clark College women's track and field team won in 2003. In 2009 Erik was inducted into the CCS and NWAACC Halls of Fame.

Max Jensen, SCC 1972-2005

Max JensenJensen was an outstanding distance runner in high school and at Washington State College where he competed in cross country and track for the Cougars. He became a legendary cross country coach at Richland High School in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. His teams won three WIAA state championships and he was named WIAA Cross Country Coach of the Year twice. Jensen was hired at Spokane Community College in 1972 to assist John Buck in cross country and track and field. He soon became the head cross country coach at SCC with his 1975 men’s team and 1982 women’s team each winning NWAACC championship titles. Jensen was named NWAACC Coach of the Year three times. Max retired in 2005 as a counselor at SCC and gave 33 years of outstanding service to many students. He has been selected for both the CCS and NWAACC Halls of Fame.

Larry Beatty

Larry BeattyBeatty graduated from Port Angeles High School before beginning his college career at Green River Community College. His track success at GRCC was highlighted by winning the 1984 NWAACC 400 hurdle title and being named to the NWAACC Hall of Fame. After competing for the University of Portland (BA, 1987), he helped coach track and field (TF) and cross country (XC) at Western Oregon State College (MA, 1992). Larry accepted a XC and TF coaching job at Clark College where his teams won two men’s NWAACC TF titles. In 1996, Beatty was hired by Community Colleges of Spokane’s Athletic Director, Maury Ray, to be head coach for both the men’s and women’s XC and TF programs. He quickly built the most powerful XC/TF program in the history of the NWAACC, winning four women’s and six men’s XC titles in nine seasons. Beatty retired from coaching the XC programs in 2004 but continued to dominate the NWAACC TF championships. His Sasquatch TF teams won a total of 12 women’s and 13 men’s titles during his 15 seasons at the helm. His record of 29 NWAACC Coach of the Year awards and 35 NWAACC team titles at Spokane is incredible. Beatty retired from coaching TF in 2011 but has continued his work as a tenured physical education and health instructor at SCC.

Hall of Fame - Men's Cross Country