100+ supporters attend memorial for fallen Spokane Community College coach - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

100+ supporters attend memorial for fallen Spokane Community College coach

Erik Anderson was named NWAACC Coach of the Year 12 times Erik Anderson was named NWAACC Coach of the Year 12 times
It's estimated more than 100 people attended a memorial in Anderson's honor on Sunday (Photo: KHQ) It's estimated more than 100 people attended a memorial in Anderson's honor on Sunday (Photo: KHQ)

SPOKANE, Wash. - Friends and family of the Spokane Community College coach who died in a strange accident last week gathered at the school for a memorial Sunday.

Erik Anderson died while trying to fix a problem with the machinery at the school's bowling alley during a class there.  He was 38-years-old.  A school spokesperson said he went behind the lane to free several pins that had become stuck, but the machinery began to move. School administrators believe the force killed Anderson instantly.

Those who knew Anderson were surprised to see so many people attend the memorial on Sunday.

"It's really amazing to see how supportive the whole community has been.  We just expected the track team to come, but people have come from other states to do this, and it's just really, really special, I think, to honor him," said one of more than 100 supporters who turned out for the service.

Anderson was the SCC's Cross Country Coach and led his teams to victory three years in a row.  He was named Coach of the Year in the NWAACC 12 times and coached more than 90 community college All-Americans in the last 11 years.
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