Coaches - Men's Basketball

Bill Mendelson - Head Coach

Contact: (360) 951-8699 |

Bill Mendelson enters his ninth year as the head coach of the Men's Basketball program, for the 2011-2012 season. In his eight seasons leading the Raiders, Coach Mendy has established himself as the winningest coach in the forty-one year history of Raider Basketball, compiling a 131-98 record. He led the 2011 Raiders to a Second Place finish in the Western Division, with a 13-3 record – the most ever league wins in a single season, and capped the year with a Second Place finish at the NWAACC Championships. Mendy also led the Raiders to a Second Place finish at the 2005 NWAACC Tournament, and a Third Place finish in 2007. On January 19, 2011, Coach Mendelson earned his 250th college victory, with a 75-58 win over Highline Community College.

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 is in his thirty-fifth year at North Thurston High School, where he teaches 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.

Born in New York, Coach Mendy now resides in Olympia with his wife Lise. The Mendelson's have three children; Michelle, Stacy, and Nick.

Assistant Coaches

  • Don Green - Asst. Coach - (253) 468-4486
  • Del Sandberg - (360) 918-4496
  • Emil Swain - (206) 304-4451

Bill Mendelson
Men's Basketball Head Coach
(360) 951-8699

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