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Coach Steve Hodson was always positive, enthusiastic, and passionate in what he loved to do best--coach basketball. Soon after he received his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Southern Utah State College, he got his first coaching job as assistant boys basketball coach for Cedar High School.  

Steve then accepted a job at Dixie State as the men’s assistant basketball coach, where he served three years, doing great work and improving their game.  In 1987 he took on the T-Birds as the men’s assistant coach until 1991 when he returned to Cedar High School as the head boys basketball coach. He led Cedar High to two consecutive state titles in 1994 and 1995.

When Canyon View High School was created, he accepted the position as head boys basketball coach for the new high school, where he worked with his wife, Suzy Hodson, who teaches Social Science classes. He was also the first athletic director to serve at Canyon View and had a hand in the design of the school and athletic facilities. He coached the Falcons to the 3A state championship in 1999 and was recognized as the 3A Boys Basketball Coach of the Year for his outstanding efforts.

After retiring for a year, Steve became the women’s basketball Coach for Canyon View High School for 5 years. He led the Lady Falcons to a State Championship and also three consecutive Region 9 titles from 2004-2006. Also in 2006, he was recognized as the Utah 3A Basketball Coach of the Year for the second time.

Steve took over as SUU’s head basketball coach for the women’s team. His impressive coaching skills were not only recognized by Southern Utah but all across the state.

He is one of three coaches to ever receive championships with both boys and girls teams on the high school level and the only coach to ever win state championships in two different schools with three different teams. To further recognize his incredible abilities, Southern Utah University inducted him into the SUU Coaching Hall of Fame in 2005.

Not only was he a coach, but Steve was a husband, father, and grandfather. His wife, Suzy Hodson and his daughters Andrea, Summer, and Kristy never left his side through those difficult years that he battled cancer.  He had 5 grandchildren at the time of his death and currently has 10.

Steve fought multiple cell myeloma for eight years, a cancer that has an average life-span of two and a half years.  November 3, 2008, was a tragic day when the word spread that Coach Hodson had passed away.

"The people of this community were so supportive and generous when Steve was fighting cancer," says Suzy. "We are so glad to be included in 'The Classic' and to help give back. It's much more than the financial aid; it's acknowledging that people are aware of the struggles folks face and that we care."

Coach Hodson will never be forgotten. His legacy will live with us forever.