HEAD Varsity Coach-Dennis Black
Dennis Black is in his first season as the Head Girls’ Basketball Coach at Mercer Island High School.
Black has had an extensive playing and coaching career. He has coached high school boys and girls basketball for over 20 years throughout the Pacific Northwest. Most recently Black was the JV Boys Basketball Coach at Skyline High School in Issaquah, WA and finished the 2017-18 season with a record of 17-3. His most notable coaching experience was when he served as the Head Boys’ Basketball Coach at Oregon Episcopal School (OES) in Portland, OR for 13 years where he led the Aardvarks to two Lewis & Clark League Titles and three Oregon state tournament appearances. He was named Lewis & Clark Coach of the year twice while at OES (2001 & 2008) and was named Emerald City Coach of the Year in 2016 when he was the Head Girls’ Basketball Coach at The Overlake School in Redmond, WA from 2014-2016. Black was selected to coach the Oregon High School All-Star Team twice in 2004 & 2008.
A native to Los Angeles, CA, Black was a four-year varsity student-athlete in Men’s Basketball for the University of Portland, was drafted in 1984 by the Portland Trailblazes, and played professionally in Costa Rica, France, & London from 1984-1986.
Black lives in Bellevue, WA and has four daughters (Tess, Brigitte, Sydney, & Georgia).
Varsity Assistant Coach- Carter Chin
Carter is entering his seventh year of coaching for the MIGB varsity program. He is a class of 88' graduate of Seattle's Cleveland High School where he played under the late Calvin Johnson. An interesting note of this time was that Carter, although just under 5'8", could indeed actually dunk a basketball! He was also the Metro League's second leading scorer early in his senior year averaging 17.3 ppg.
During his coaching tenure at MIHS, Carter has been a part of three different staffs while playing an integral role in preparing our student-athletes for competition. Other than being in the gym assisting our girls Coach Carter has spent countless hours studying film, stats and making road trips in preparation of scouting reports. He feels very fortunate and blessed to have been a part of six straight district playoff teams, five regional playoff games for State, three State qualifiers and MIGB's first ever State Championship in 2017. The positive relationships built over these years through thick and thin continue to keep Carter passionate about these student-athletes, their continued growth as young ladies and their strive to be the best self-empowered version of themselves!
Under the direction of Head Coach Dennis Black's first season at the helm, Coach Carter is excited for the challenges ahead that will continue to shape our team culture, identity, improvement and expectations of success going into this season.
Varsity Assistant Coach- Andrea Gallardo
As I enter my first year as the Mercer Island Assistant coach, I am excited about the year ahead. I bring a strong background in basketball which includes playing both in High School and at the collegiate level. Additionally, I have eight years of coaching experience. As a four-year varsity player for Bloom Township (Chicago Heights, IL), rebound leader and co-captain of my squad, I developed a passion for leadership and ongoing learning. In these early days, I learned to push myself and my team mates to focus on excellence and constantly improve. My skills and passion were strengthened when I played collegiately at Suburban College and Purdue University of Calumet.
After college, I decided to volunteer coach for the sophomore basketball team at my Alma Mater (Bloom Township). As I focused on my career, I continued to coach during the off season, landing my first Varsity Assistant Coaching job in the early 2000s. Since then, I’ve coached many different programs including high school and AAU Club teams including working as the assistant Coach for Derrick Rose (of the Chicago Bulls) All Stars.
While I’ve coached a variety of levels ranging from 4th to 12th grade, I also ran fundamental skill camps. It was through this experience that I received by first head coaching job for the AAU Club, Illinois Wolverines. My team of 4th/5th graders earned a spot at Nationals for 2 consecutive years. I also coached a 6th grade Catholic team, which were the Southland Catholic League champions my first years as head coach.
I come to Washington with a well-rounded experience in Basketball and a love for the game that will never die. I look forward to a great season and watching the girls learn and grow both on and off the court.
“My coaching philosophy involves creating a fun and positive environment that encourages athletes to learn and develop on and off the court. I expect all players to demonstrate leadership by taking accountability, demonstrating structure and discipline and promote a healthy camaraderie among the team. As the coach, it starts with me. I vow to demonstrate effective leadership at all times and provide structure and discipline to yield the right behaviors within the team.”
JV Head Coach- Stacy Edwards
Stacy is in his sixth season with MIGB. He is also a coach with the Mercer Island track team. Prior to joining MIGB Stacy coached multiple sports at the middle school and high school level as well as coaching football at the University of Montana and various Arena Football teams.
He has extensive playing experience, playing high school basketball, football, and track and field at Pasco High School. After high school, he went on to compete in track & field and play football collegiately at The University of Montana. Post college Stacy played football professional in the CFL AFL and IFL. He also has extensive officiating experience, in both basketball and football.
He states his coaching philosophy as: An athlete′s character is more important than their talent! My goal is to create well-rounded players on the court, as well as in the community and classroom. I strive to enhance the basketball talents and confidence of my players, while developing their leadership skills, self-discipline, and work ethic.
C Team Head Coach- Kelly John-Lewis
Employed at the Mercer Island school District for 20 years. Raised two boys in the MISD. 1st one is off to college at Boise State University and 2nd, a sophomore at the high school. I’ve been coaching girls C-team basketball for all of my 20 years at Mercer Island. I coach because I feel I can make the biggest and most positive impact in the world through coaching.