Originally a Florida native, Jordan moved to Nashville after high school to play for Vanderbilt University. During her stint at Vanderbilt, they won an SEC Conference Championship, upset Pat Summit’s Volunteers twice, danced in the NCAA tournament every year, and made to NCAA Tournament’s ‘Sweet-Sixteen’ round. All the while, Jordan spent every summer coaching young girls at Vanderbilt’s team and elite camps. Following her time at Vanderbilt, she stayed in Nashville to attain her Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Communications. During that time, she was selected to attend WBCA’s “So You Want To Be A Coach” Program held at the Women’s Final Four Championships. This experience facilitated the discovery of my passion for coaching. Since then, she has coached at Nike Elite Summer Camps around the Nashville area and also coached a local middle school basketball team all the way to their league’s championship.
After attaining her graduate degree, she moved to Shanghai, China. While working for an education management company there, she also worked part-time with two player-development programs: Shanghai’s Youth Development Basketball League and Lavell Youth Basketball to improve elementary and middle school kids’ fundamental skills.
Since relocating to Seattle, she has held fundamental clinics for 4th-8th graders at Old Lady Guadalupe School in West Seattle.
Varsity Assistant 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!
Janelle is in her second year coaching the JV Basketball team. She is an alum of MIHS and was a 4 year Varsity starter for the Islanders. Janelle went on to play volleyball at University of Idaho and in her senior year walked onto their Basketball team. She is an accomplished athlete who holds the record at MIHS for the most varsity letters, 12 in all. Janelle also helps coach the High School Volleyball team and works as a personal trainer.
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 4th year coaching for Mercer Island as the assistant JV coach.
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.