Erin Cunningham, a Yuba College alumni, is in her second season as an assistant coach at Yuba College. Coach Cunningham was born and raised in Yuba City and is proud to be back home, ready to help take her alma mater to new heights.
As a dual sport athlete, Coach Cunningham excelled at both soccer and basketball at Marysville High School, earning multiple MVP honors, All-League and All-Area Honors. Her athletic endeavors led her to Yuba College, where she continued her two-sport schedule. As a goalkeeper, Cunningham set 2 then-school records of 17 shutout games and most consecutive minutes without a goal being scored, for the women’s soccer team. In basketball, Cunningham helped lead the team to the programs first play-off berth in over 30 years. She also earned All-Conference nods for both sports.
Coach Cunningham decided to focus on basketball and continued her career by earning a scholarship to The University of Alaska Anchorage. During her tenure with the Seawolves, Cunningham’s team earned its first NCAA berth her junior year. Her senior year, UAA won their first NCAA Western Regional Championship and earned a trip to the Final Four. Cunningham was voted Most Inspirational Player both her Junior and Senior seasons by her teammates. Cunningham was also named to the NCAA Academic All-American Team her senior season.
After her playing career was over, Coach Cunningham picked up a coaching clipboard as the Head Freshmen girls coach at River Valley High School. In her four years, Erin led her teams to an impressive 67-10 record, including four consecutive undefeated league titles.
Coach Cunningham earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in Journalism and Public Communication from UAA. She furthered her education with a Master’s Degree in Education from National University and is currently working in education in the community she grew up in.
Coach Robert Johnson has coached high school basketball for (30) years, with (28) of those years coaching females. Coach J started his coaching career by coaching neighborhood teams shortly after graduating high school. Coach J has been fortunate to have coached a number of All-City men’s players, including ex-NBA and former Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.
Coach Johnson joined the Del Campo High School staff during former NBA player Matt Barnes sophomore and junior years. Coach Johnson has coached all levels in the girl’s game; Freshmen through Varsity at various high schools. Coach J has been fortunate enough to be part of two new Elk Grove high schools, Sheldon High & Franklin High. At Franklin, Coach J guided the Wildcats to their first ever play-off appearance, falling short in two consecutive years. Coach Johnson has been an assistant coach with Coach Welch for five years, three years at the high school level and the last two years at Yuba College.
Coach J is a retiree of the State of California and the father of three adult children (two women and one young man).