Pictured: Kelly John-Lewis, Carter Chin, Gillian D’Hondt, Mindy James, Stacy Edwards
Not pictured: Jimmy Hill
Varsity Head Coach Gillian D’Hondt
Gillian played her prep basketball at Bishop Blanchet in Seattle before attending the University of Pacific on a full athletic scholarship where she received many awards and established numerous women’s basketball records.
She has coached at Northwest University in Kirkland, East Seattle (a program out of the MI Boys and Girls Club) and has been a select coach for Mercer Island Girls Basketball. Coach d’Hondt is extremely excited about bringing the first State Cup to Mercer Island High School last year! She teaches solid pressure defense and team work and believes basketball provides a lifetime of lessons that will help the girls excel on and off the court!
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!
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.
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.