John Abell Obituary – Death, Legendary Butte College Basketball Coach John Abell Has Died

John Abell Death – Obituary

John Abell, an amazing coach in Butte College history passed away July 10, 2021. Abell, age 85 coached the Butte men’s basketball team for 17 seasons.


Former Butte athletic director and football coach Craig Rigsbee said Abell was a legendary basketball coach at Butte College, a lot of the (championship) banners are his teams. Rigsbee said Abell was still very much passionate about basketball. ”He liked to tell basketball stories. He liked to go watch basketball, He’d come out to the Butte games and watch by himself. He really enjoyed the games.”  Rigsbee concluded.


Sources say Abell won two state championships and 14 conference championships, during his tenure as the Roadrunners head coach. He guided the Roadrunners to 15 California State Junior College Tournament appearances, including 10 in a row. Abell was inducted into the Chico Sports Hall of Fame in 1993 and also served on the Chico Sports Hall of Fame committee. He’s also part of the Butte College Hall of Fame.


Abell grew up in Sitka, Alaska. He played basketball where he was named all-territory, the equivalent of being named all-state, but Alaska wasn’t a state then. He attended Oregon State University. Before he was hired as the head coach at Butte in 1970, he coached high schools in Oregon where he won six conference championships, one state title and was named the 1962 Oregon Coach of the Year.


”Part of Abell’s success includes producing 15 all-American and 28 all-conference players. His team had also won 70 consecutive conference games including a winning stretch of 115 of 116 games. He was honored as the conference coach of the year 12 times and he is also a two-time state coach of the year.


Abell is survived by his wife Jean and his son Michael.


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John Abell Obituary

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