Position within Roots: Executive Director
College Education: M.Ed in Educational Leadership and Technology, Antioch University, 2000
B.A. in Special Education and Elementary Ed K-8, Western Washington University, 1998
High School: Rogers (Puyallup) High School,1994
Coaching Experience: 12 years at the High School Level (nine years as Head Coach), three years at the Middle School Level
Coach Orness is currently the Head Boys Basketball Coach at Bainbridge High School. This is his third year back after stepping down after serving as the head coach from 2002-2008 where he compiled a record of 110-83. Coach Orness and his 2007 team, powered by Steven Gray (Gonzaga/Latvia LBL), brought the island into hoops-hysteria with their 24-5 run to the State Title Game. In his seven years at Bainbridge, eight of his players ended up playing college basketball at the Division III level or higher. Most recently, Coach Orness coached the Woodward Middle School Varsity team to three League Titles over the past three years. Coach Orness has been the recipient of the following awards: WIBCA 3A State Coach of the Year, Comcast State Coach of the Year, Metro League Coach of the Year, and Kitsap Sun Basketball Coach of the Year.
Before Bainbridge, Coach Orness spent two seasons with Franklin Pierce High School as a Varsity Assistant and then Head Coach under the tutelage of his father, Bruce Orness, and one season as a Varsity Assistant with Puyallup High School. During those three years, his teams won two League Championships and earned three berths into the WIAA State Tournament.
Coach Orness also served as the Owner/Director of Orness Basketball Camps for the past seven years on Bainbridge Island.
Coach Orness played for Washington high school basketball hall of fame coach, Rod Iverson, at Rogers (Puyallup) High School. He was a varsity contributor for three years and started his junior and senior seasons. During his senior year, Rogers won the SPSL South League Title and earned a trip to the WIAA State Tournament. They also won a District Title and went to State his sophomore year. Coach Orness was selected as Team Captain during both his junior and senior seasons.
Coach Orness is supported by his wife Molly and their two children, Emma, and Cade.
Position within Roots: Skills session instructor (5-6th grade), 7th grade tournament team coach
College Education: BA History, University of Washington, 2008
High School: Bainbridge High School, 2003
Coaching Experience: Current BHS JV Boys Coach, BHS C-team coach from 2006-2008, BHS volunteer coach 2004-2006
Coach Guterson is a Special-Education Para Educator at Ordway Elementary and the JV coach of the BHS boys’ basketball team. He coached the BHS C-team and assisted the Varsity squad from 2006-2008. During this time, his C-teams went 22-13 and the Varsity teams made impressive playoff runs, earning 2nd in state in ’07. He began coaching as a volunteer in 2004 when he coached various Bainbridge teams in the off-season. Coach Guterson also has extensive camp coaching experience, serving as counselor at Orness Basketball Camps since 2003, basketball Camp Director for the BI Park and Recreational District since 2004, and Lead Basketball Instructor at the Bainbridge Athletic Club since the beginning of 2011.
Coach Guterson played for Coach Orness at BHS. He was a contributor on the Varsity team for three seasons and served as team captain during his senior year in 2003. During that year, the Varsity team went to the District tournament, and Guterson was named to the All-Metro 2nd Team and the WIBCA All-3A State Senior team, one of only twenty players in the state to earn that recognition.
Position with Roots: Varsity and C team Coach, Small Groups Training, 1-8th grade lead skills instructer
College Education: Bachelor’s in Elementary Education K-8 Endorsement, 2011 University of Idaho
High school: Bainbridge High School, 2004
Coaching Experience: This is my first year as the assistant varsity coach at Bainbridge High school. I spent 2 years with Central Kitsap High School, 2010-2012, Varsity and Junior Varsity coach. I have also worked 7 years coaching various basketball camps and youth teams.
Mark is currently a substitute teacher within the North Kitsap school district. He began coaching with my father when he was in high school. Mark coached a 6th grade pee wee team. His team made it all the way to the championship game. Since then, Coach Korsak was a coach and camp director for the Newlife basketball camps over the past 6 years. This past year he was the head 6th grade coach for Roots.
Coach Korsak played for Bainbridge High School coach Scott Orness. He was a Varsity contributor as a junior and a starter his senior year. During his junior year, the Spartans were 1 game away from state and his senior year they didn’t get out of the metro tournament. His senior year, Mark was selected the state player of the week for his performances against North Mason and North Kitsap.
Coach Korsak is married and has three wonderful boys, Jaxon, Dutch, and Boston.
Position with Roots: Boys 8th grade Roots coach, Skills & Drills Trainer
College Education: M.Ed University of Washington, 1998. BS Social Work, University of Oregon, 1990.
High school: Largo High School, Largo, MD, 1985.
Coaching Experience: Coach Brad Lewis is the C-team boys coach at Bainbridge High School and has been coaching over 10 years at the high school level. His teams have earned an overall record of 115-50. Coach Lewis focuses on team unity and individual player development. This will be his 8th year working under Coach Scott Orness.
Coach Lewis is a math teacher at Bainbridge High School where he currently teaches AP Statistics. He has been teaching mathematics to high school aged students for 20 years. He is the proud father of two amazing boys in Cole and Quin.
Position with Roots: Skills Training Instructor, 4th to 6th grades; 5th and 6th grade Assistant Coach
College Education: Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Stanford University (1987)
High school: Menlo-Atherton High School, Atherton, CA (1983)
Coaching Experience: Paul has been a volunteer youth basketball coach—for both boys and girls—since his daughter Maggie began her playing career on a 2nd grade co-ed team back in 2005. He has always stressed that his players learn the fundamentals of dribbling, passing, shooting, and defense as early as possible to develop good habits. That’s why he has been eager to assist with the various in-season and off-season Roots skills sessions since they began in 2011.
Paul assisted Coach Korsak with the 2012-2013 5th and 6th grade Roots teams, and will be helping out with those teams again in 2013-2014. He will also serve as a volunteer assistant coach for the Bainbridge High School boys’ varsity squad for the third straight year. His focus with the high school team is to help develop the post players.
Playing Experience: Paul played four years of high school basketball—working his way up from the freshman and sophomore teams to being a contributor on the varsity his junior year and a starter his senior year. Paul was a practice squad player during his junior year at Stanford, playing daily against Pac-10 players that were bigger, stronger, faster, and more skilled. He is solid proof that hustle, desire, enthusiasm, and a love of the game can overcome a lack of athletic ability to create a valuable contributor to any basketball team.
Personal: Paul is a CPA with Seattle-based Moss Adams LLP, where he advises businesses in an area of international taxation known as transfer pricing. His wife Mev is a member of the Bainbridge Island School District’s board of directors and is a frequent volunteer at both Sakai and Woodward. Paul’s daughter Maggie is a sophomore at Eagle Harbor High School, and his son Charlie is a seventh grader at Woodward.
Position with Roots: 5th and 6th grade girls Coach
College Education: Graduate of Central Washington University
High school: Bainbridge High School (1999)
Coaching Experience: Liz is well-known as the head coach of the BHS Softball Team, and is entering her 10th season. Her record with the team is legendary, finishing top 10 in the state the last 8 years, including one 1st and two 2nd place finishes. She is also entering her 3rd year as the BHS Girls Basketball Team Assistant Coach
Playing Experience: Liz was a 3-sport athlete at BHS, playing softball, volleyball, and of course basketball. During her Senior year at BHS, Liz was a member of the 1999 Girls State Champtionship team.
Personal: Liz works as a Group & Suite Account Executive for the Seattle Mariners, focusing on Special Events on Game days.
Position with Roots: Girls 5/6th grade Roots coach, Skills & Drills Trainer
College Education: College Education: Attended Washington State University and majored in Health and Physical Education. She also was a member of the WSU Women’s Golf team from 2000-2004.
High school: Bainbridge High School (2000)
Coaching Experience: Coach Nicole Hebner is the head girls basketball coach at Bainbridge High School. She has been coaching within the BHS basketball program for 8 years and is about to begin her 3rd year as the head varsity coach. Nicole is also the boys junior varsity golf coach as well as the assistant varsity softball coach at BHS.
Playing Experience: Nicole was a 3-sport athlete at BHS, playing volleyball, basketball, and golf and earned a total of 11 varsity letters. During her junior year at BHS, Nicole was a member of the 1999 Girls State Championship basketball team. She also placed fifth in the State Golf tournament as a senior in 2000.
Position with Roots: Girls 7/8th grade Roots coach, Skills & Drills Trainer
College Education: Coach Gienger attended the University of Oregon and majored in Physical Education with a minor in coaching. She played for the University of Oregon women’s basketball where she took part in NCAA (NAIA) post season tournaments 3 of 4 years. Coach Gienger has a Masters in Sports Administration from the United States Sports Academy.
High school: Tillamook High School, Oregon. Coach Gienger was a 3 sport athlete playing volleyball, basketball (finished 4th, 5th, 5th in State), and ran the mile and 2 mile in track (State in 2 mile her senior year).
Coaching Experience: Coach Penny Gienger has coached high school and college basketball for the past 25 years. She was the head girls coach at Bainbridge High School for 18 years an 3 years at Kingston High School where she accrued over 300 wins.
Coach Gienger and her teams finished 1st or 2nd in league in 9 of her seasons. She also took her teams to the State Tournament 7 times with two 4th place finishes and a State Championship in 1999.
In 1998-99, Coach Gienger was awarded the Seattle Times Coach of the Year Award as well as multiple Kitsap Sun Coach of the Year Awards.
Position with Roots: Boys high school level Roots coach
College Education: BFA Film and Television Production, Writing and Directing, Chapman University (2005)
High school: Ballard High School
Coaching Experience: Brian has enjoyed helping young athletes achieve their goals since high school when, as a high school student, he was an assistant coach at the Bitter Lake Basketball Camp. He coached and directed basketball and sports camps for Skyhawks Sports Camps for three summers. Brian assisted with Chapman University Basketball sports camp program and after graduation from college, he developed and launched the Evolution Basketball Program in Southern California as coach of the 9th grade team.
Playing Experience: Brian started on Varsity for Ballard High School (Seattle) both his junior and senior years; his senior year the team won the Surf and Slam tournament in San Diego. During his senior year he played with Team Yes, from Seattle, and competed nationally with other select teams. He played three out of his four years at Chapman University, taking one year to study abroad in Australia. After college, Brian continued to play semi-professionally and was elected to the ABA All-Rookie All Star team and the NABL All-Star team. He competed for two years in the Jamal Crawford Pro-Am and was also a practice squad player for the Seattle Storm during their championship 2010 season.
Personal: Brian lives on Bainbridge island and works for Vignette Creative, a digital storytelling agency. He enjoys yoga and outdoor activities
Position with Roots: Boys 6th grade Roots coach and Skills & Drills Trainer
College Education: BA in Business Administration and Religious Studies – Carthage College Wisconsin 1994
High school: Manitowoc Wisconsin Lutheran High 1989
Coaching Experience: Camp Counselor at numerous camps across North East Wisconsin 1986-1993, Head Assistant for Men’s Basketball at the University of Wisconsin Manitowoc 1995, Head Coach Bainbridge Island Parks and Rec 2010, Head Coach Bainbridge Roots 6th Grade 2011.
Playing Experience: Manitowoc Lutheran High 1986-1989, Badger State Games 1991-1995, Played in multiple leagues in Wisconsin and Seattle.
Personal: Charles lives on Bainbridge Island and is a Senior Vice President for D.A. Davidson in Seattle.
Position with Roots: Boys high school level Roots coach and Skills & Drills Trainer
College Education: Bachelors in Exercise Science, Central Washington University
High school: Bremerton High School, 2007
Coaching Experience: Coach Rollman is the current assistant for the men’s basketball program at Olympic College as well as the strength and conditioning coach. He is a former assistant coach at Crosspoint Academy as well.