Spokane Falls CC
Hall of Fame Class of 2011
The sport of track and field lost a great coach in 2005. His lasting impact is seen today in the efforts and success of his former athletes, many of whom are head coaches around the state. John Buck was a graduate of Davenport High School. He has the distinct honor of being the first head coach of the track and field team and the cross country team at Spokane Community College. During his time at Spokane Community College, John helped build the athletic program into one of the most powerful and successful in Washington State. John had a tremendous impact on the sport in Spokane, on the community college level in the northwest and in connection to the college programs that his athletes went on to compete in across the United States.
John began coaching at SCC in 1971. His coaching career at Spokane Community College lasted until 1989. His teams won three consecutive NWAACC championship titles in cross country in 1972, 1973 and 1974. In track and field, his teams won eleven consecutive NWAACC championship titles from 1972 through 1982. It was a remarkable feat and the foundation for what would become traditional success experienced by the Community Colleges of Spokane. During his time as the head track and field coach at Spokane Community College, Coach Buck’s program produced sixty-six individual champions and five Olympians. Committed to the overall athletic program at SCC, Coach Buck served five years as an assistant coach for the football team before taking over the head coaching duties in 1987.
John Buck was a great man, a well respected coach and a beloved member of the Spokane Community College family. He has been instrumental in mentoring many athletes. His legacy lies in the success many of those athletes have enjoyed as high school coaches. It is with great honor that we recognize Coach Buck’s achievement and welcome him into the Washington State Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame. His induction into the Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame is a testament to his numerous contributions to the sport in Washington State.