A former team captain of the University of Washington Huskies women’s basketball team and a high school champion player has been hired as head coach of women’s basketball at the Community Colleges of Spokane.
Jeneva Thaxton will begin her new position August 1.
“I am excited to welcome Jeneva to our CCS family,” said Jim Fitzgerald, CCS athletic director. “She has strong Northwest ties and will be a great leaders of our women’s basketball program. I also have to acknowledge Bruce Johnson and Ryan Bodecker for building the solid foundation and positive culture within our women’s basketball program. Both will be missed at CCS but I know Jeneva is going to continue our focus on developing the entire student athlete.”
Thaxton replaces Bodecker who assumed the position in April after assisting former coach Bruce Johnson the past four years. Bodecker was the CCS sports information director and the acting athletic director while assisting Johnson, who retired earlier this year after 32 years as CCS women’s basketball coach. Bodecker has left CCS to be the athletic director at Riverside School District in Chatteroy.
Thaxton was team captain of the UW Huskies women’s basketball team in 2012-2013 and was a two-time Washington state high school basketball champion in 2007 and 2008 at Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane. She received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from UW in 2013 and worked as the assistant women’s basketball coach at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, from 2014 to 2016. She also got a licensed practical nurse degree in 2016 from Marshalltown Community College.
Thaxton was the head women’s basketball coach at Regis Groff Fusion in Denver, Colo., for its inaugural season in 2017-2018 and led the team to an 11-5 record. Since 2018 she has been a wellness nurse as Pegasus Senior Living in Spokane.