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John Buck

John Buck

Community Colleges of Spokane
Class of 2000

Buck 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 almost 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.

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