High School Coaches



Varsity Head 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 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 unspecifiedAssistant Coach Carter Chinn

Carter is in his fifth year of coaching for the MIGB varsity program. He is a class of 88′ graduate from Cleveland High School where he played under the the late Calvin Johnson. An interesting note of this time was that Carter, although just under 5’8″, could indeed actually dunk a basketball! Over the years the game has afforded Carter some fun, valued and cherished moments such as being a player for the Seattle Dunk Kings, a select high school team of city players who traveled to play top talent in Washington D.C, Philadelphia and New York City. He was also a four time national title winner in 2003, 05′-06′ and 2008 for a team representing Seattle in the North American Chinese Basketball Invitational. The last two of those were with former MI alum and SPU player, Austin Yuen.

Carter got his first taste of coaching as an assistant to Calvin Johnson during the 89-90′ season. Going forward he has had coaching stints from 1995-99′ with high school girls in the Seattle Parks and Recreation. He also coached high school boys from 2000-06′ in the same association (SCAA) that introduced the game to him at an early age.

Carter is an integral part of MIGB’s Varsity success. He spends countless hours studying film, stats and preparing our team for competition. He is excited about the chemistry and opportunities this season will bring for the girls and is thankful for a special group of student-athletes, parents and MI spirit striving for excellence and the belief of great things to come!



Varsity Assistant Mindy James

Started playing basketball at 5 years old and have never looked back. I was a 4 year letter at Mountlake Terrace High School and continued to play at Everett CC for 2 years. With a couple of knee injuries I decided to stop playing. I missed the game so much that I decided to take up coaching. I have coached 2 seasons for Northside Swarm select and have absolutely loved it. I look forward to working with the coaches and players at Mercer Island to continue to grow and gain even more knowledge. Go MI!



Varsity Assistant & JV Coach Stacy Edwards

A Washington native, Stacy graduated from Pasco High School and went on to play  D1 Football at University of Montana.  Stacy has been an all around athlete and  has a deep love of sports and coaching. Stacy is in his 5th year coaching for Mercer Island as the assistant  JV coach.




unspecifiedC-Team Coach Kelly John-Lewis

Kelly is a familiar figure at Mercer Island High School.  He has been on staff with the Mercer Island School District for the last 18 years and is well known with the students..  He has also coached a number of teams for the last 18 years ;Volleyball,  Basketball, and Badminton.  Kelly is a gifted athlete who played High School Football and then was recruited to play for the University of Washington and was later drafted into the NFL.

Kelly also has two boys attending Mercer Island Schools.