2014/15 Mercer Island Select Basketball Coaches
Team Coach Assistant Coach
ETL 8th Grade Patrick Dunlop Jace Hovstedt
ETL 7th Grade Justin Whitehead TBD
ETL 6th Grade Jordon Siek James Leptich
ETL 5th Grade Rob Taylor (co-coach) Quinn Sterling (co-coach)
Cascade 8th Grade John Shaddle Charles Padgett
Cascade 7th Grade Bill Lidster TBD
Cascade 6th Grade Milad Jafari Shane Spellman
Cascade 5th Grade Trevor Morrison Alex Faser

Patrick Dunlop - Head Coach (8th Grade ETL)

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Jace Hovstedt - Assistant Coach (8th Grade ETL)

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Justin Whitehead - Head Coach (7th Grade ETL)

Justin joins the MI ETL staff this season though he is very familiar with the ETL program, having played for the Eastlake program in both 6th and 7th grades. His Eastlake All-Stars team placed 7th in AAU nationals. He later moved to AAU basketball and ended his high school career playing at Bellevue High School where he was All-Kingco Honorable mention his senior year. Though he had offers to play at Occidental College and University of Puget Sound, Justin chose to stay close to home and focus on his education at the University of Washington. Justin loves basketball and he continues to play in the Men's Puget Sound Basketball League, currently in his 8th season.

Justin's coaching philosophy is simple: work hard, have fun and be a good teammate. He believes those cornerstones help players achieve success at all levels and in many areas of their lives.

He currently resides in Seattle and works at a large wireless company in Bothell. In his spare time Justin works with kids in youth sports, hangs out with friends in Seattle, and does all things Pacific Northwesty.

Jordon Siek - Head Coach (6th Grade ETL)

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James Hovstedt - Assistant Coach (6th Grade ETL)

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Rob Taylor - Co-coach (5th Grade ETL)

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Quinn Sterling - Co-Coach (5th Grade ETL)

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John Shaddle - Coach (8th Grade Cascade)

John Shaddle has been tremendously successful in his five seasons leading the 8th grade Cascade team. His teams have competed very effectively, the fundementals of his teams always progress and the boys have fun. With over 30 years of experience as a coach for both boys and girls recreational and select basketball teams, John has coached St. Anthony's girls; St. Monica's boys and girls; Mercer Island girls select; Eastside Catholic boys select; Quick Handle High School boys and girls; and Emerald City Basketball Academy High School boys, additionally as a Skills Trainer.

John played in high school at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, CA (1981 California 3-A State Champions) and in college with a 4-year scholarship at Carroll College in Helena, MT, (1985).

John's coaching philosophy with all of his teams emphasizes respect for teammates and coaches, on and off the court. He expects his players to practice hard, try their best, and most of all, work to improve their basketball skills every day. He also impresses on players the need to prioritize family first…then school work, then basketball.


Charles Padgett - Assistant Coach (8th Grade Cascade)

Charles Padgett is in his second season coaching in the Mercer Island boys' select basketball program as the 8th grade Cascade Assistant Coach. Previously he was an assistant coach for 6th and 7th grade select teams. Charles has over 12 years of experience working with youth through recreational and select teams for basketball and football, as well as mentoring youth through the Boy Scouts of America.

Charles played basketball and tennis for the West Anchorage Eagles in Anchorage, Alaska. His coaching philosophy centers on empowering players to take responsibility for their conduct, attitude and effort. He believe coaches have the responsibility to lead by example and represent the program in a positive manner. He emphasizes being a well-rounded student-athlete prioritizing family, school, community and sports. On the court, he prioritizes developing proper fundamentals - footwork, passing, ball-handling, shooting and defense.

William Lidster - Head Coach 7th Grade Cascade

William Lidster ("Coach Bill") is new to Mercer Island basketball, but has been coaching in the Puget Sound area for three years with Emerald City Basketball Academy. Prior to that, he was the founder, director and lead coach for Alaska STARS Basketball Program in Alaska, between 1998 and 2011 running the largest AAU-based basketball development program in the state and serving as the AAU Boys Basketball Director for the state. He traveled extensively with competitive AAU teams to Chicago, Houston, the AAU Nationals in Florida, to Double Pump and Full-Court Press tournaments in California, and many tournaments throughout Washington.

Coach Bill is the Manager of IT Security Infrastructure at Puget Sound Energy, he is a lead information security consultant for notable healthcare organizations in the western US, and is currently enrolled at Capella University pursuing his PhD in Information Assurance and Security, on track to graduate in December, 2016.

Coach Bill teaches intensity, speed and aggressiveness in offense and defense. He will establish a bar for performance, lead the kids to achieve that bar, and then raise the bar again. He believes that anything that is being done should be done with fervor and vigor to succeed, and it is with success that players take pride in their accomplishments and joy in what they are doing.

Milad Jafari - Head Coach 6th Grade Cascade

Milad Jafari is in his fourth season coaching with the Mercer Island boys' select youth basketball program as the 5th grade Cascade Head Coach. Milad played in the Lake Washington youth select basketball program and also played soccer and basketball during high school. He went on to attend the University of Washington where he graduated from in 2012 and he hopes to pursue his masters degree in sports management in the future. He was proud to coach last year's 5th grade team to a championship in the 2013 Wildcat Shootout Cascade 5th grade division. Two of his favorite quotes to say to players are: "Hard work beats talent, when talent fails to work hard." and "A good player is never great until he has confidence in himself, a good team is never great until they have confidence in each other."

Shane Spellaman - Assistant Coach 6th Grade Cascade

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