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Bill Mendelson enters his 13th year as the head coach of the Men's Basketball program, for the 2015 – 2016 season. In his 12 seasons leading the Raiders, Coach Mendy has established himself as the winningest coach in the forty-five year history of Raider Basketball, compiling a 211-137 (61%) record. In back to back seasons, his teams earned a 48-13 (79%) record including a Western Division Title (15-1) in 2012-13. Mendy ‘s Raiders have qualified for the NWAC Championship Tournament in five of the past six seasons (86%). His teams have placed 2nd (3 times) 3rd Place and 8th Place.
Mendelson came to Pierce after eight very successful seasons at South Puget Sound Community College, where he coached the women for six seasons ('95-'01) and the men for two seasons ('01-'03). He took seven Clipper teams to post-season play, where his women placed fifth in 2001, and the men placed eighth in 2002. While at SPSCC he compiled an overall record of 132-103.
Mendelson retired after 39 years as educator at North Thurston High School, where he taught physical education and driver's training. At North Thurston he has served in a variety of coaching capacities, including; Varsity Girls Basketball (10 years), Varsity Golf (11 years), Freshman Football (11 years), Assistant Boys Basketball (5 years), Assistant Track (3 years), and Assistant Varsity Football (3 years).
He earned his bachelor's degree from Western Washington University, where he played quarterback for the Vikings. He led the conference in passing in '74, and in total offense in '75. In his senior season ('75), Mendelson was selected team MVP, first-team all-conference, first-team all-district, and second-team all-northwest.
Coach Mendelson is now a real-estate investor and small business owner. Born in New York, he resides in Olympia with his wife Lise. The Mendelson's have three children; Michelle, Stacy, and Nick.