MOUNTLAKE TERRACE BOYS BASKETBALL

A Tradition of Success

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Ryan  Sells
Junior Varsity Assistant Coach

A 2009 graduate of Mountlake Terrace High School Ryan goes down as one of the greatest two-sport athletes in the history of the school.  Ryan excelled on not only hardwood but also the baseball diamond and in 2009 he earned All-WESCO honors in both sports while leading the basketball team to the 4A WESCO Championship and also a berth in the state tournament.   Ryan went on to a very successful collegiate career at Everett Community College and then Lewis-Clark State University where he was a three-time All Conference players and two-time All-American recipeint.   Ryan is married to Shelby and is the proud father to his daugher Harper.

Michole Mattix

Academic Advisor

In her 9th year as the Academic Advisor to the MTHS boys’ basketball team is Michole Mattix. An outstanding basketball player herself, Michole played basketball at Lynnwood High school from 1984-1988 and at Western Washington University from 1988-1992, going to Nationals in 1989. Her coaching career started as the “C” Coach at Ferndale High School in 1992-1993 and JV in 1993-94; then at Mountlake Terrace High School as the Varsity Coach in 1994-1999; then JV in 2008-2009. Michole also helped and coached her own children’s teams, 1st graders-5th graders. A current teacher at MTHS, she currently teaches Social Studies at Mountlake Terrace High School since 1994. Michole has been married to Chris Mattix since 1994 and has two children, her daughter who is a student at Texas Tech and a son who attends Mountlake Terrace High School

Jesse Zerom

Assistant Coach

In his 3rd season as an assistant coach with the program, Jesse Zerom is also a 2013 graduate of Mountlake Terrace High School.  A three-year varsity basketball player and two-year starter, Jesse was a key member of two WIAA 3A State Tournament teams and during his senior season was the starting point guard on a team that earned the 4th place trophy.  Currently, Jesse is a paraeducator at MTHS.

Johnny Phillips

Assistant Coach

In his 24th year coaching overall here at MTHS, Johnny has been very instrumental in the individual player development of each player within the MTHS basketball program. “Coach Philly” as he is referred to by his players, graduated from MTHS in 1990 and played collegiate basketball at Skagit Valley Community College in Mt. Vernon. Coach Philly has spent many hours working with the players in the off-season and lists as one of his major accomplishments winning the 2000 Franklin Summer Tournament. His overall goal with the MTHS basketball program is to “Help all Terrace basketball players reach their ultimate potential." Coach Philly says his number one quote that he lives his life by is to “Give 100% effort in everything you do!”  

Greg Wirtz

Assistant Coach

Greg has coached over thirty years at Terrace as a Freshman, J.V. and varsity assistant coach. He was the varsity coach at Meadowdale High School for four years where he teaches Physical Education classes. Greg has worked as a recruiter coach for Evergreen State College. Further, has had the privilege of working with a lot of good high school players that went on to play at the college and International Professional level. Greg's coaching philosophy has been patterned after "Hall of Fame" coach Roger Ottmar who he played and coached for. Lastly, Greg started his basketball coaching career at Terrace in 1978 and is the longest tenured coach in the Edmonds School District and WESCO.  In 2020, Greg became the 3rd MTHS boys basketball coach inducted into the state boys basketball coaches (WIBCA) Hall of Fame.

Coaching Staff
Nalin Sood

Head Coach

In his 22nd season as the head coach at Mountlake Terrace High School and 35th season overall as a basketball coach at the school, Nalin served under his mentor and legendary WIBCA Hall of Fame basketball coach Roger Ottmar for 13 of those. Nalin earned his B.A. in Business Technology from Central Washington and his Masters Degree from Grand Canyon University and has been teaching Business Technology at MTHS for 26 years. Leadership-wise, Nalin has been the President/Executive Director of (WIBCA) Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association (http://www.wibca.com/) for the past twelve years, President of the Edmonds School District Coaches Association for the past fifteen years and is Past President of the Washington State Coaches Association (http://www.washcoach.com/).  Nalin is an executive board member and past president of the National High School Basketball Coaches (http://nhsbca.org/) which represents high school basketball coaches across the United States. In the summer of 2018, Nalin was honored with his induction into the state boys basketball coaches (WIBCA) Hall of Fame.