Head Basketball Coach
Russ Critchfield enters his 16th season at the helm of the 2013-2014 Roadrunners with an overall record of (186-175) at Butte College with high hopes for an outstanding season and a third conference title in the last six seasons. Last year’s team struggled down the stretch finishing fourth in the Golden Valley Conference. During the last six seasons his Roadrunners have garnered two Golden Valley Conference crowns; three second place finishes, and made two California State Championship Tournament appearances. Optimism is high that this year’s team will return the Runners back to the top of the conference and into the state tourney. The returning players and the outstanding incoming recruiting class have the talent, depth, and potential to become a very competitive team.
During his tenure at Butte College Coach Critchfield has sent more than 35 players onto the four year level to continue their student-athlete paths. During his career both as an assistant and head coach, he has amassed a wealth of coaching experience at several different levels that include 17 years as a Division 1 assistant 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 drafted by the NBA. As a high school head coach he has served at Salesian, San Ramon, Campolindo, and Vintage high schools achieving a record of 148-82. Overall, his head coaching record at the high school and community college levels is 334-260.
After a standout hoop career at Salinas High School Coach Critchfield earned an athletic scholarship to play at the University of California-Berkeley where he was a Pacific 8 All-Conference selection from 1965-1968. As a senior at Cal he was named to the Helms Athletic Foundation, Converse, and UPI All-American Teams. Following Cal he played for the American Basketball Association Champion Oakland Oaks in 1969 before beginning his coaching career. In 1995 Coach Critchfield was inducted into the University of California Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 2007 was enshrined into the Pacific 10 Conference Basketball Hall of Honor.
Educationally, Coach Critchfield 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’). His immediate family includes his wife of 31 years, Susan, his son Kyle Critchfield of Santa Monica with his wife Denise, and their new-born daughter Callie; step-daughter Cathy Bull of Venice; and step-son Jim Bull of Healdsburg and his children Spencer (13), Josh (11), and Kaylee (9).
Assistant Basketball Coach
Coach Colin Carr enters into his fourth year as the head assistant coach for the Butte College Roadrunners where he serves as a main-stay of the program. He is an energetic, enthusiastic, passionate and knowledgeable young coach who continues his professional growth and remains a tremendous teacher and asset to the program. In addition to his numerous coaching duties Coach Carr serves as the program’s recruiting coordinator, director of team academics, and team travel coordinator. Coach Carr also serves as an associate faculty member teaching several classes in the Kinesiology Department at Butte College.
Prior to his current tenure at Butte College he served three years as an assistant coach at Chico State University under former head coach Puck Smith and current head coach Greg Clink, honing his excellent coaching skills. Coach Carr also served as an assistant coach to Kele Fitzhugh at Shasta College where they enjoyed a great deal of success.
Coach Carr, as a player was known as a “sharp-shooter”, excelled at Shasta High School in Redding. Following high school he played two years for Shasta College enjoying tremendous achievements and continued playing at Chico State University where he again was an integral part of his team’s success. A 2010 graduate of Chico State with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English he recently received his Master’s Degree in Kinesiology in 2012. He is on a solid career path to become a very good head coach in his own right.
Assistant Basketball Coach
Coach Nick Lonnegren enters his second stint as assistant coach for the Butte College Roadrunners. He spent two years under the leadership of Coach Critchfield (2010-2012) then accepted an internship position at the University of California-Berkeley (2012-2013) where he was involved in sports and conditioning training for: men’s basketball, women’s basketball, track/field, and baseball. He now enters his third year as an assistant coach for the Butte College Roadrunners.
Coach Lonnegren played for Douglas High School in Minden, NV. Following high school he attended Butte College participating in basketball for Coach Critchfield and track/field for Coach Snelling continued playing basketball for Coach Clink and running track/field for Coach Freitas at Chico State University. A 2010 graduate of Chico State with Bachelor of Arts Degree in Kinesiology: Coaching/Administration he recently received his Master’s Degree in Kinesiology: Sport Psychology and Exercise Adherence in 2012. While obtaining his Master’s Degree at Chico State he also played football For Butte College in their 2011 campaign for Coach Jordan.
Among many responsibilities, Coach Lonnegren serves as the strength and conditioning training for the team, opponent scouting, and recruiting.
Assistant Basketball Coach
Coach Jack Martin enters his first year as an assistant coach with the Roadrunners.
Born and raised in Chico, CA by parents Greg and Sue Martin, Jack enjoyed a stellar 3-year varsity career as the starting point guard for Chico High under the tutelage of Chico State Hall of Famer, Sam Simmons. He continued his playing career at Butte College. While playing for current coach Russ Critchfield, he was honored as the Captain, Team MVP, and earned All-League honors for his sophomore campaign. Coach Martin then went on to play two years at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon under coach Mark Sundquist. There he was named Team Captain and was awarded All-League honors his senior season. He holds the University’s third-highest single game scoring record with a 37-point shooting clinic. As a player, Coach Martin was known as a lethal shooter, intelligent ball handler, and dedicated student of the game. His knack for taking on the leadership role and fostering effective teamwork helped propel all of his teams onto productive and successful seasons.
Upon finishing his playing career, Coach Martin moved on to spend three years serving on former National Coach of the year Larry Eustachy’s staff at both Southern Mississippi and Colorado State. While on Coach Eustachy’s staff, he was an integral part in both player development and student academics. He also served to head up film breakdowns, scouting reports, and team/player evaluations. He learned the value of mental and physical toughness under Coach Eustachy; a mentor and large influence on his coaching philosophies today. During that time at the Division I level he helped those teams achieve two NCAA Tournament berths along with school records for most wins in a season.
Coach Martin looks to bring this talent and passion, along with his experience working with nationally ranked Division I collegiate athletic programs, to the Butte College basketball coaching staff. He is excited to be back wearing the Black and Gold and using his experience and expertise to make this Roadrunners basketball season another great one.