Coaches

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SARA WETSTONE - CLUB DIRECTOR

A three-sport athlete in high school, Sara earned twelve letters (soccer, softball and basketball) at Lakeside School in Seattle. Point guard and co-captain in basketball, her team went 96-1 in her last three seasons, winning two State titles, ranked #12 in the nation by USA Today and named "Team of the Century" by The Seattle Times. She was named Lakeside Female Athlete of the Year at graduation (’94) and was the Student Body President.

Sara earned her BA in Philosophy from Princeton University where she was a two year co-captain on the women's basketball team. Post-graduation, she played and coached professionally in Denmark. After a career-ending knee injury, she returned home to Seattle where she coached the Seattle Community College women's basketball team and was named NWAACC North Division’s Coach of the Year in her first season. Sara holds a MA in Applied Behavioral Science from Baster University and is a Positive Discipline parent educator. She recently retired after eight years as the Head Coach of the Ballard Girls High School Basketball program where she was named Metro Coach of the Year in 2018.  She is the Founder and Director for Ballard Girls Basketball. Sara and her husband Justin have two boys and live in Ballard.

TAYLOR MULBERG - 4TH/5TH BOYS, 7TH GIRLS, 8TH GIRLS, AND HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS COACH

A Seattle native, Taylor grew up playing with Y.E.S. select basketball out of St. Joseph school as well as Miles Ahead select. In high school, he honed his basketball skill and knowledge of the game at O’Dea where he was part of the 2007 State Championship team under Greg Kalina and Phil Lumpkin.  After high school, he played at North Seattle Community College earning a scholarship to play Division II at Fischer College in Boston.  Due to a family emergency, Taylor decided to stay close to home and apply to University of Washington, where he finished his degree in Biology and Chemistry.

Taylor has been coaching youth basketball since high school and has been a head coach with Ballard Basketball for over four years. Not only do his players becoming better players with his coaching, they also learn how to handle adversity, treat their teammates with respect, and discover the satisfaction of hard work.

Taylor and his wife Carly reside in Lynnwood, WA where he spends most of his days studying hoops and taking care of their new born baby, Jacob, who has special medical needs.

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MICHELLE GALLAGHER- 5TH GRADE COACH

Michelle is a graduate of Whitworth University earning a BA in Kinesiology and a MA in teaching.  She was also a member of the Whitworth University Women’s Basketball team from 2000 to 2004 and Puyallup High School from 1996-2000.

Michelle has over 17 years of experience coaching basketball.  She coached at both Shadle Park High School and Mt. Spokane High School. Then,  she spent six years teaching and coaching in Casablanca, Morocco at George Washington Academy.

Currently, Michelle is in her 6th year as a coach at Ballard High School.  She is a teacher at St. Alphonsus School in Ballard teaching K-8 Physical Education.

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GREG ANDERSON- 6TH GRADE COACH

Greg Anderson was born in raised in Seattle and attended Roosevelt High School where he was a member of the men's basketball team. Following high school, Greg attended Washington State University and was a walk-on member of the men's basketball team. Greg has two young kids and has recently helped coach multiple youth teams through the Ballard Boys and Girls Club.

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EMMA SEYMOUR - MIDDLE SCHOOL & 5TH GRADE ASSISTANT COACH

Emma Seymour was a four year member of the Smith College basketball team playing the position of small forward/shooting guard. Majoring in the Study of Women and Gender and minoring in Exercise and Sports Studies, Emma holds the current Smith College record for field goal percentage in a game going 9 for 9. During her junior year she recorded a career high 22 points and 11 rebounds in 19 minutes against Mount Holyoke College; in the same season she led the team in blocks. In the 2017-18 season Smith won the NEWMAC regular season conference and was ranked 1st in the league. During the 2018-19 season Smith was ranked 2nd in the NEWMAC received an at-large bid to the NCAA National Tournament where they made it to the 2nd Round. Emma is passionate about women's participation in sport and has worked to bring awareness to the inequalities that female athletes face both in college and professionally. She has writing published in Ms. Magazine, Forbes Magazine, and The Hampshire Gazette calling attention these matters. Emma became a member of the NEWMAC All-Academic Team for the 2018-2019 season and is excited to apply what she has learned on the court and in the classroom to begin her career as a coach!

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ANI GARAVENTA- MIDDLE SCHOOL COACH

Ani started playing basketball in 6th grade and fell in love with the game. She went to Piedmont High School where she played on Varsity under Bryan Gardere . During high school, she had a blast coaching camps and clinics.  Ani attended San Francisco State where she playing on the women's basketball team.  After college, Ani continued assisting   at her high school alma mater as well as for local youth teams.  She says, "I love helping players work on the fundamentals that they will need to be successful high school players."

ADRI DAVIS- TRAINER

Adri started playing basketball at the Ballard Boys and Girls Club at age 9. She continued to play at Whitman Middle School, for multiple club teams and Ballard High School where she was the starting point guard and Co-Captain in her senior year. Adri's drive and passion for the game led her to Pacific Lutheran University where she currently plays for the Lutes. Adri looks forward to bringing her enthusiasm for basketball to the girls she coaches.

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CAITLIN HEINLY- TRAINER

Caitlin grew up in Southern California, where she played varsity basketball for four years at her high school Santa Margarita Catholic High School. She was captain of her team during her senior year, helping lead them to the second round of CIF playoffs. She then moved up to Seattle four years ago to attend and play ball at Seattle Pacific University, where she played for two years. She loves the game of basketball, and is excited to step into a role of coaching where she can be apart of the growth and excitement of young ballers!

Caitlin recently graduated from SPU in June with a B.A. in Psychology and minor in Christian Scripture. She currently works at Seattle Children’s Hospital on the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit as a Pediatric Mental Health Assistant.

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KATE HUGUENIN - ASSISTANT COACH

Kate started playing basketball at 10 years old and still loves it! She played three years of varsity basketball at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, WA. Her junior and senior years her team made it to regional play offs. She's played year round on club teams in the Seattle area since fifth grade. Kate is looking forward to continuing her basketball career at George Fox University in the fall of 2017. Go Bruins!

Kate loves kids. She's coached a team at the YMCA, been a counselor at kids camps, and been a personal trainer within the last 5 years. She is one of her ten year old sister's biggest fans.

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CORI SMITH - TRAINER

Cori Smith has coached middle and high school basketball in Arizona, Colorado, and Washington state. Most recently she moved from coaching at Edmonds Woodway High School to Ballard High School last summer. In addition to coaching, Cori has her master's degree in Counseling Psychology and works at a behavioral health hospital. For fun she likes to eat at Chipotle, play in the sunshine when it comes around, take naps, and watch college basketball.