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SUU women's basketball coach dies after battle with cancer

SUU women's basketball coach dies after battle with cancer

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(Courtesy SUU)

Cedar City, Utah - Nov. 4 - Southern Utah University women's basketball head coach Steve Hodson passed away on Monday night after an extended battle with cancer. Coach Hod approached the challenge with positive determination and will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, mentor and coach.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with (his wife) Suzy and their family at the passing of Steve," SUU athletic director Ken Beazer said. "His courage and positive attitude in which he attacked this disease has been a great example to others and a credit to the type of person that he was.

"He has touched the lives of countless individuals for good and his passing not only leaves a hole at SUU, but in the sport of basketball in this region."

Hodson's name was synonymously with basketball and the southern Utah area. He spent all but a year of his coaching career in Iron and Washington Counties after finishing his playing career with the Thunderbirds.

Hodson helped the Thunderbirds to the NAIA National Tournament in 1977 and was a two-time all-District performer on the hardwood. He was also voted to Southern Utah's all-1970's team.

He began his coaching career at Cedar High School as an assistant coach in 1977 and returned as the head coach in 1983-87 and 1991-97. In between, Hodson made stops as an assistant with Dixie State College (1980-83) and as an assistant with SUU (1987-1991), helping the Thunderbird program transition from the Division II to Division I level.

Prior to his appointment as the head women's basketball coach at Southern Utah, Hodson served as the boy's head coach (1998-2000), girl's head coach (2001-2006) and athletic director of Cedar City's Canyon View High School.

Hodson holds the distinction of being the only Utah high school coach to win state boy's and girl's basketball titles at three different programs and one of only three coaches in the state to win boy's and girl's basketball titles. He also accumulated individual honors as a seven-time Region 9 Coach of the Year and two-time 3A Coach of the Year.

Hodson is survived by his wife Suzy, daughters Annie, Summer and Kristy, and five grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are pending.

(From Southern Utah University)

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