2013 Joe Shapiro Award Recipients

Dr. Joan Johnson & Cameron "Scotty" Deeds

photo of Joan Johnson and Cameron DeedsThe 2013 event will include a special presentation of the Joe Shapiro Award to Billie Jean King’s tennis coaches at Cal State L.A., Dr. Joan Johnson and Cameron “Scotty” Deeds. Johnson, as coach of the women’s team, and Deeds, as coach of the men’s team, ran practices together during Billie Jean’s time at Cal State L.A. The two coaches understood the value to both teams and greatly influenced King's thinking about her career and various social issues.

Johnson, Deeds and King were all charter members in the inaugural Cal State L.A. Hall of Fame class in 1985.

Johnson was a pioneer in the development of women’s sports in Southern California and coached Cal State L.A.’s first women’s tennis team in 1959. She was also the co-coach of the men’s team in 1955-56. Joan continued to coach the women’s team at Cal State L.A. until 1975.

She helped organize the Southern California Women’s Intercollegiate Tennis League in 1959 and, 18 years later, coached the United States women’s team at the World University Games in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Her players at Cal State L.A. included King and 1963 women’s collegiate doubles champions Connie Jaster and Carol Loop. Other top players she coached during her tenure at Cal State L.A.  included Sue Behlmar and Laura Robey, who were doubles champions at Ojai; Cal State L.A. Hall of Famer Tina Karwasky, who was a USTA national singles runner-up and Ojai Singles Champion; Doreen Irish and Jan Hasse, who as seniors won every intercollegiate doubles championship in Southern California including Ojai and were semi-finalists in the USTA Intercollegiate nationals; Janice Price and Terry Coblentz, who were members of the winning CSULA team at Ojai and two-time participants in the USTA Nationals and Helen Park, an AIAW Division II national singles champion.

Joan was also the chair of the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women’s tennis committee from 1977-80 and she was the tournament director of the AIAW Division II national tennis championships that Cal State L.A. hosted in 1980.

Joan also assisted in developing athletic courses for women at Cal State L.A. and was the chair of the Women’s and Co-Ed Intercollegiate Athletic Board.

Joan was also a long-time professor in the Department of Physical Education and was an acting Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at Cal State L.A.

Deeds was quite clearly one of the most successful coaches and administrators in Cal State L.A. history. His men’s tennis teams won five straight California Collegiate Athletic Association championships and three straight NCAA College Division national titles, including the first in 1963 that was the first in any sport at Cal State L.A. Four of his players won NCAA singles titles and one of his doubles teams won a national title. In a 13-year period, his teams won an incredible 202 out of 220 CCAA matches.

He also served as Cal State L.A.’s Athletic Director from 1965-68 and was the executive director of the Pacific Coast Athletic Association in its founding years. He was later selected to the National Association of College Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame.

Scotty was an Associate Director of Athletics at Cal State L.A. for 13 years and when Dr. Ferron C. Losee resigned in 1964, Deeds took over as the university’s new Athletic Director. In addition to coaching tennis, Deeds also coached football for seven years and was a swimming coach for two years.

An accomplished athlete, Scotty was an outstanding football player at Brigham Young University after being discharged from the Navy in 1945. He starred as a halfback at BYU from 1946-48, earning All-Skyline Conference honors and all-America honorable mention. He also starred in track and field at BYU, posting a 9.9 time in the 100-yard dash and a 22-11 broad jump. Prior to that, Scotty played football at Long Beach City College and the University of Oregon. 

Scotty was drafted by the NFL’s Chicago (now Arizona) Cardinals after his senior season at BYU, but a knee injury ended his playing career. Scotty promptly became an assistant football coach at CSULA for Sax Elliott and completed his graduate work for a master’s degree at USC. 

Scotty’s career as a coach, administrator and teacher at Cal State L.A. spanned an incredible 43 years. He officially retired in 1985, but continued to teach part-time until 1993.

Scotty grew up in Long Beach and was a multi-sport star at Long Beach Wilson High School before playing for a year at Long Beach City College. He worked as a lifeguard in Long Beach for 39 summers and was also once a nationally-ranked handball player. He still resides in Naples.