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Longtime Alaska basketball coach enters hall of fame

By Dave Leval 4:44 PM April 6, 2017
ANCHORAGE –

George Houston led Juneau-Douglas to two state high school basketball crowns during his 14 years as the head coach of his hometown team, the Crimson Bears. He also won a state title there as a player in 1969.

Houston won 279 games, 10 conference championships during his career, and is the only person to have coached basketball at all three major levels in Alaska; high school, college, and professional for the old Anchorage Northern Knights of the Continental Basketball Association.

Those accomplishments are among the reasons why Houston has been named as the coach to be inducted in this year’s class of the Alaska Association of Basketball Coaches (AABC) Hall of Fame.

“He’s a very special person,” said AABC president David Porter. “He’s continually, not only after he’s retired, he’s still involved with the youth down there, doing what he can to give back. Just a class act, high integrity, just a very special person we think is a well deserved candidate.”

Houston will be inducted with former East Anchorage High School standout, Trajan Langdon, April 14 at Dimond High School. The annual all-star game will tip off at UAA’s Wells-Fargo Sports Complex on April 15.

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