Memorial service held for SCC coach killed in accident - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Memorial service held for SCC coach killed in accident

SPOKANE, Wash. - A memorial service was held Thursday for Erik Anderson, the SCC coach killed in a tragic accident. Many people turned out for the service, including a large number of speakers. Speakers included Community Colleges of Spokane Athletic Director Ken Burrus, SCC President Joe Dunlap and Community Colleges of Spokane Chancellor Gary Livingston.

Among the other speakers were former teammates, coaches and former athletic directors.

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.

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.

The following is an excerpt from the memorial program:

People come into your life for a reason; it is usually to meet a need you have expressed outwardly or inwardly.

They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually.

They may seem like a godsend, and they are.

They are there for the reason you need them to be.

What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done.

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