SPOKANE, Wash. - A faculty member at Spokane Community College died Thursday morning due to what authorities are calling a "tragic accident" at the college's bowling alley. Erik Anderson, 38, died while working on bowling alley equipment in the Spokane Community College Lair-Student Center.
Police said Anderson was killed Thursday while working in the pit of the bowling alley. A student worker said Anderson was found behind the lane, caught in the mechanism that clears the pins.
Anderson was named head cross country coach for CCS men and women in 2004, previously serving as an assistant coach at CCS and Clark College in Vancouver, Wash. Under his leadership, CCS men and women's teams swept the NWAACC cross country championships in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Anderson earned an Associate of Arts degree at Clark College, competed for the college cross country and track teams and earned All American honors in four events. He completed his Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science at Linfield College. He also attended Eastern Washington University where he earned a Master's Degree in Exercise Science and Physiology.
Anderson is survived by his wife, Mariza and their two children.
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