Lindsey Blaine - MIHS Head Coach
As a high performing collegiate athlete with deep background in multiple sports, Lindsey is an invaluable role model and development resource for the Lady Islander student athletes. In high school, she was a four-year varsity letter winner in track and field, basketball and volleyball, earning 3x MVP honors in basketball and volleyball and earning a State Championship in the javelin throw.
She attended Purdue University on a track and field scholarship to throw the javelin where she won the 2007 National Championship and Big Ten Championship while earning a spot on the USA Track & Field team. She also made the Big 10 All-Academic Team 4 years in a row. After getting her bachelor’s degree in Movement and Sports Science from Purdue, she competed with Nike for two years placing 8th at the 2008 Olympic Trials.
For the last 10 years, Coach Lindsey has been working as a Performance Coach, as well as a stint as a Volunteer Assistant Throws Coach at the University of Washington. Having never lost her love for basketball, she also spent her time continuing to play, watch, and coach the sport at various levels. Prior to accepting the Head Coaching position at Mercer Island High School she spent the previous 4 seasons as the Head Varsity Assistant and Junior Varsity coach at Inglemoor High School.
She is excited to bring her passion for the game, competiveness and athletic experience to the Islander program and help the athletes grow as strong female role models on the court, in the classroom, and in life.
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.
Carter Chinn - MIHS Program Assistant Coach
Carter is entering his 8th year of coaching for MIGB. 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 four 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 Lindsey Blaine’s first season at the helm and in collaboration with Coach Creelman, Coach Brillaud, Coach Marolf and Coach Kelly John-Lewis, 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.
Ashley Marolf - MIHS Program Assistant Coach
Ashley Marolf was born in Southern California but raised here in Federal Way, Washington where she immersed herself in volunteer coaching for various youth programs and clinics while mentoring and preparing young athletes for the post graduate professional world.
Marolf graduated from Thomas Jefferson in 2003 with honors after 10 years as a multi-sport athlete, basketball as primary. As three-year Varsity with two State appearances she held records for most three-pointers completed in a single game as well as overall three-point field percentage for season and landed ‘top 5’ for career. Following various D2 and D3 scholarship offers, she opted to attend locally and tend as caregiver to her mother. She recognizes the value and impact of high school athletic programs. She spent 14 years traveling the nation for work and continuing her volunteer approach to various select leagues and clinics.
Currently Marolf works at Microsoft in Business Operations and values the mentorship and impact that these programs can provide young athletes. She recently assisted during the Mercer Island Highschool Women’s Fall league and developed a deep commitment to the program.
‘I am beyond thrilled to be involved in such an intricate program that has high focus on character, athletics, academia and a building platform for young females to communicate, learn, grow and prepare for their future. It’s not just building a program - it’s focusing on the individuals in front of you and giving them all you have. I cannot wait to support this program as I truly believe in the coaching philosophy set out by Coach Blaine and team!’
7th 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.
6th Grade Coach - Andrea Gallardo
Andrea brings a strong background in basketball which includes playing both in High School and at the collegiate level and am thrilled to work with this amazing 6th grade team. Additionally, she brings nine years of coaching experience. As a four-year varsity player for Bloom Township (Chicago Heights, IL), rebound leader and co-captain of her squad, Andrea developed a passion for leadership and ongoing learning. In these early days, she learned to push herself and teammates to focus on excellence and constantly improve. Andrea's skills and passion were strengthened when I played collegiately at South Suburban College and Purdue University of Calumet.
After college, Andrea was a volunteer coach for the sophomore basketball team at her Alma Mater (Bloom Township). Since then, Andrea has 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 she has coached a variety of levels ranging from 4th to 12th grade, Andrea also ran fundamental skill camps. It was through this experience that she received my first head coaching job for the AAU Club, Illinois Wolverines - this team of 4th/5th graders earned a spot at Nationals for 2 consecutive years. Andrea also coached a 6th grade Catholic team, which were the Southland Catholic League champions my first years as head coach.
Andrea comes to each practice and game with a well-rounded experience in Basketball and a love for the game that will never die. She is looking 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.”
5th Grade Coach - Ron Pimentel
Coach Ron Pimentel is starting his first season with Mercer Island Girls Basketball as our 5th Grade Select Head Coach. Ron has 18 years of experience Coaching Girls Basketball at the HS level.
Coach Ron spent 4 years at Skyline HS, where he was part of 2 State Championship Teams and Led the JV Teams to winning records every year. In 2014 Ron coached at Mt Si HS where his teams produced Winning seasons. In 2016 - 2018 Coach Ron moved to Bellevue HS and again his teams produced winning seasons in each of the three years.
Ron also has over 12 years Coaching at the AAU level, Coaching teams from Y.E.A., a powerful team from Federal Way WA. Where he won over 50 Tournament Championships.
Coach Ron is blessed to have learned about the game of basketball from Coach Frank Ahern, a member of the Washington State Sports Hall of Fame. Coach Ahern was an advocate of fundamentals and hard work, which is the foundation of Ron’s coaching style.
Coach Ron brings a family approach to teamwork and personal growth both on and off the court. Ron is excited to share his love of basketball and strong ownership values to support and develop this wonderful group of young athletes in the MI program.