Arizona Basketball

McMillan’s Santa Rosa (Calif.) JC team league champions

Craig McMillan, Arizona’s first McDonald’s All-American and starting guard on the Wildcats’ first Final Four team in 1988, continues to coach Santa Rosa (Calif.) Junior College to prominence.’

McMillan, in his 18th season as Santa Rosa’s head coach, has led the Bear Cubs to a 20-4 overall record and 13-0 mark in the Big 8 of the California Community Colleges Association. In the midst of a 16-game winning streak, McMillan’s team has claimed at least a share of the league title.

It is McMillan’s sixth conference title. He led the Bear Cubs to a state championship in 2014.

Craig McMillan’s Santa Rosa (Calif.) JC team celebrates a league title tonight (Santa Rosa photo)

McMillan is also known for the “McShot” against Oregon State on Jan. 23, 1986. McMillan, a sophomore that season, made a last-second basket that beat the Beavers 63-62 in overtime. With three seconds left, Steve Kerr threw a length-of-the-court pass on an out-of-bounds play that was deflected to McMillan and he swooped to the hoop to make the winning layup.

Many fans in McKale stormed the court in celebration, in what was one of the rare times Arizona fans have reacted that way. “Some people were talking to me the other day about that play,” McMillan said during the 25th anniversary of Arizona’s 1987-88 Final Four team five years ago at McKale Center.

“I didn’t do that much. The ball landed right in my lap.”

This video was part of an article published in November by the Santa Rosa (Calif.) Press-Democrat featuring former Arizona teammates Craig McMillan, Steve Kerr, Tom Tolbert and Bruce Fraser.

McMillan is one of 31 former Arizona athletes who are head coaches. Three have left the list in the last few months with Kelvin Eafon no longer coaching boy’s basketball at Pueblo, Reggie Geary not coaching in Japan this season and Antonio Pierce leaving his football coaching job at Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High School to become an assistant at Arizona State.

Here is an updated list:

FORMER ARIZONA ATHLETES AS CURRENT HEAD COACHES

High school boy’s basketball (2)

Player Years/UA Team Start
Mike Bibby 1996-98 Phoenix Shadow Mountain 2014
Jason Stewart 1997-99 Encinitas (CA) San Dieguito 2014

Men’s college basketball (4)

Player Years/UA Team Start
Jason Gardner 1999-03 IUPUI 2014
Craig McMillan 1984-88 Santa Rosa (CA) JC 2000
Josh Pastner 1996-00 Georgia Tech 2016
Damon Stoudamire 1992-95 Pacific 2016

Men’s professional basketball (3)

Player Years/UA Team Start
Matt Brase 2003-05 Rio Grande (D-League) 2015
Steve Kerr 1983-88 Golden State (NBA) 2014
Luke Walton 1999-03 L.A. Lakers (NBA) 2016

College baseball (2)

Player Years/UA Team Start
Tod Brown 1990-94 North Dakota State 2007
Bill Kinneberg 1979-80 Utah 2005

Professional baseball (2)

Player Years/UA Team Start
Shelley Duncan 1999-01 Class A Visalia (CA) 2017
Terry Francona 1977-80 Cleveland (MLB) 2013

Women’s college basketball (2)

Player Years/UA Team Start
Brenda Frese 1989-93 Maryland 2002
Adia Barnes 1995-99 Arizona 2016

High school football (7)

Player Years/UA Team Start
Marcus Bell 1996-99 Eager Round Valley 2011
Robert Bonillas 1995-98 Desert View 2012
Andy Litten 1999-2000 Marana 2011
Mark Keel 1979-82 Silverdale (WA) Central Kitsap 2000
Scott McKee 1999-02 Sahuaro 2009
Clarence McRae 2003-04 Mountain View 2012
Brandon Sanders 1995-98 Pueblo 2014

College softball (3)

Player Years/UA Team Start
Debby Day 1989-91 Cal-Lutheran 2002
Kristie Fox 2004-07 UNLV 2017
Jennifer Martinez 2008-09 Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College 2017

High school softball (5)

Player Years/UA Team Start
Amy Baray-Rocha 1999 Salpointe 2015
Jackie Coburn 2002-05 Scottsdale Horizon 2013
Krista Humphreys 1993-96 Corona (Calif.) Centennial 2015
Danielle Rodriguez 2006-08 Tucson 2010
Jody Pruitt 1990-93 Peoria Sunrise Mountain 2011

High school soccer (1)

Player Years/UA Team Start
Alex Davis 2003-07 Flowing Wells 2011
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2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Jill

    February 7, 2018 at 7:43 am

    You forgot a few uofa sports. Soccer Alex Davis. Former uofa soccer player. She coaches at flowing wells high school

  2. Javier Morales

    February 10, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Thank you Jill! Will update.

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