Martin Anderson - MIHS Head Coach
“Mercer Island, I'm so excited to get going with the team. I felt the family atmosphere here from the second I walked into this school. I'm looking forward to meeting and connecting with the rest of the community, building a great program together, and most importantly making sure our student athletes have an amazing experience. See you soon! Let's GO Islanders”
Elyse Creelman - MIHS JV Head Coach
Elyse Creelman is currently a Strength and Conditioning Specialist for PRO Club in Seattle. She has worked with youth and collegiate athletes since 2012 with an emphasis on injury prevention. In High School, Elyse was a three sport athlete earning a Varsity letter in Volleyball, Basketball, and Track and Field her last three years. Her main focus is coaching an athlete who is multifaceted. She believes sport can be a tool to teach more about leadership, dedication, and personal growth.
Elyse graduated from Seattle Pacific University in 2012 earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science. She then obtained her credentials as a Certified Strength and Condition Specialist (CSCS). She has worked with athletes from various sports in the Bothell/Woodinville area training speed and agility. She trained Inglemoor, Woodinville, and Bothell basketball players in pre-season conditioning and injury prevention.
This is her first year working with the Mercer Island Basketball program. She has previously been an Assistant Girls Basketball Coached at Shoreline Christian School for three years where they finished 6th in State. She is excited to invest in this program and build up the future Varsity athletes.
8th Grade Coach - Russell Stell
In the past year I’ve coached 7th grade boys feeder program for Mercer island island as well as 4th grade boys ESE and 8th and 9th grade girls ESE teams. Volunteer 7th and 8th grade boys coach for rotary club Seattle from 2020-2021 Basketball has been my whole life. All league seamount team selection in 2000-2001. Basketball has been my whole life coaching and youth development has always been a passion of mine.
7th Grade Coach - Hannah Lilly Franklin
Four-year starter at Mercer Island High School where she played for Jamie Prescott ... Averaged 14.0 points and 3.0 assists per game as a senior in helping her squad to a KingCo league title and a sixth-place finish in the state's 3A Tournament ... The Islanders finished with a 22-7 won-lost mark her final campaign ... Served as team captain her junior and senior seasons ... First-team all-league pick her senior season ... Member of the All-KingCo All Star Team ... Miseed the majority of her junior season with a knee injury ... Captured Second-Team all-league acclaim as a sophomore after averaging 13.0 points amd 2.0 assists per outing ... Also played on the volleyball team for a couple of years.
In college, Hannah capped off a memorable four-run in the Emory Eagles' program three by playing in 94 contests and drawing 85 starting assignments ... Finished among the program's all-time top 10 in 13 categories ... Registered 221 three-point field goals, good for the No. 2 spot on the Emory career chart and her 37.8 percent showing (221-of-585) tied for second ... 4th on the Eagles' all-time list with 1,302 points and her 13.9 per-game scoring average is good for the No. 3 position ... 489 field goals places her sixth all-time and she ranks seventh in steals (146) and 10th in assists (203) ... Successful on 76.3 percent (103-of-135) of her free throw attempts, fifth all-time in program annals ... 85 starts are eighth most and she averaged 27.6 minutes per playing stint, good for the No. 6 position on the Eagles' all-time ladder ... Totaled 70 outings of double-figure point production ... 64 performances of two or more three-point field goals.
6th Grade Coach - Erin McCaslin
Erin McCaslin is currently the Manager of Social Responsibility for the Seattle Storm and has been coaching girls youth basketball over the past five years. She has coached and trained girls ranging from fifth grade through high school varsity.
Erin graduated from Tahoma High School in 2010 as a three-year varsity letter winner in basketball and went on to play four years of college basketball at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Her team finished first in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference and won the conference tournament in 2013. She finished her career as the program’s all-time leader in three-pointers made (305) and scored over 1,000 career points.
Erin has coached with Mercer Island Girls Basketball for the last two years, helping to build the youth program on the Island. Prior to coaching for Mercer Island, she spent three years coaching with Tahoma Basketball Association and as a volunteer coach at Tahoma High School. Erin teaches her players the life lessons she has gained from basketball including mental toughness, leadership, building relationships and dealing with adversity.
5th Grade Coach - Tony Locasio
Tony relocated to Bainbridge Island, WA from Boise, Idaho in 2013. On Bainbridge, he coached basketball for Bainbridge Roots and Bainbridge High School.
Tony is currently the Athletic Coordinator at Mercer Island Boys and Girls Club (PEAK).