Head Basketball Coach
Russ Critchfield enters his 15th season at the helm of the 2012-2013 Roadrunners with an overall record of (176-165) at Butte College and high hopes for an outstanding season and their third conference title in the last six seasons. Last year’s team finished 13-10 and second in the Golden Valley Conference at 7-3. The last five seasons have seen his Roadrunners win two Golden Valley Conference championships with three second place finishes and make two California State Championship Tournament appearances.
This season the “Roadrunners” will be working hard to return to the top of the Golden Valley Conference and into post-season play. During his tenure at Butte College Coach Critchfield has sent more than 30 players onto the four year level. Coach Critchfield has amassed a wealth of coaching experience at several different levels that include 17 years as a Division 1 assistant coach with stints at San Diego State University (1), University of California at Berkeley (9), Saint Mary’s College (3), and the University of Washington (4). While serving as an assistant college coach he had the good fortune to help recruit and or coach 6 NBA players and saw over 25 of his recruits drafted by the NBA. As a high school head coach he served at Salesian, San Ramon, Campolindo, and Vintage high schools achieving an overall record of 148-82. His overall coaching record at the high school and community college levels is 324-247.
A former basketball player, Coach Critchfield earned All-Pacific 8 Conference honors from 1965-1968 and All-American honors in 1968 while attending the University of California, Berkeley. Following Cal he played for the American Basketball Association Champion Oakland Oaks in 1969. He was inducted into the University of California Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995, and in 2007 was inducted into the Pacific 10 Conference Basketball Hall of Honor. Educationally he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of California, Berkeley (1968’) and his Master of Arts Degree in Physical Education and Athletic Administration at Saint Mary’s College (1987’). Coach Critchfield and his wife Susan reside in Chico. Their immediate family includes Kyle Critchfield of Pasadena, Cathy Bull of Venice, Jim Bull of Healdsburg, and grandchildren Spencer (12), Josh (10), and Kaylee (8).
Assistant Basketball Coach
Coach Colin Carr enters into his third year as the head assistant coach for the Butte College Roadrunners. He is an energetic, enthusiastic, passionate and knowledgeable young coach who was a tremendous and immediate asset to the program. In addition to his numerous coaching duties Coach Carr serves as the program’s recruiting coordinator and academic liaison to John Soldate, Athletic-Academic Counselor. Coach Carr brought a wealth of coaching experience with him to Butte College having served three years as an assistant coach at Chico State University under former head coach Puck Smith and current head coach Greg Clink. Prior to Chico State University Coach Carr also served as an assistant coach to Kele Fitzhugh at Shasta College. An accomplished player himself, Coach Carr excelled at Shasta High School in Redding, played two years for Shasta College enjoying tremendous success, and continued his playing career at Chico State University where he again was an integral part of his team’s success. He graduated from Chico State with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English in 2010 and received his Master’s degree in Kinesiology in 2012. His wife Christen is a high school English teacher at Las Plumas. Like her husband, she is referred to as Coach Carr, as she is the junior varsity women’s volleyball coach as well as the varsity women’s soccer coach.