Position within Roots: Advisor and Girls Program 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: 11 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 first 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 (8), and Cade (6).
Position within Roots: Roots Program Director/Skills Training Coordinator 4-8th Grade/8th Grade Coach
College Education: BS Physical Education, University of Arizona, 2008
High School: Rogers (Puyallup) High School, 2004
Coaching Experience: Five years at the high school level (four as a head coach)
Coach Gallagher is currently a substitute teacher within the Bainbridge school district. This past year coach Gallagher worked as a substitute within the Puyallup school district and served as the Head JV Boys Basketball coach and second assistant on the Varsity team at Puyallup High School. During his short tenure at Puyallup, the Junior Varsity team went 12-4 record in league and the Varsity team made it to the State quarterfinals at the Tacoma Dome. Prior to coaching at Puyallup, coach Gallagher was a Physical Education teacher and Varsity Boys Head Coach at a brand new high school in Tucson, Arizona called Empire High School. At the time of his hiring as head boys basketball coach, coach Gallagher was the youngest high school head basketball coach in the state of Arizona. In his four years at Empire, coach Gallagher’s teams improved each year in the win column including an 11 win season in his final year, narrowly missing the 3A state playoffs. Coach Gallagher also has extensive camp coaching experience, working for eight years as a master coach at Northwest Basketball Camps in Auburn, one year at Lute Olson basketball camps in Tucson, Arizona and most recently as the camp director for week 2 of Orness Basketball Camps.
Coach Gallagher played for legendary Washington high school basketball hall of fame coach Rod Iverson at Rogers(Puyallup) High School. He started all three years as a post on a Varsity team that made it to the district playoffs two out of the three years (Junior and Senior year) and was part of the last Rogers high school team to make it to the state playoffs in 2003. He was named to the 4A SPSL South Honorable Mention All-League team his senior year. His proudest achievement as a player was being named the Most Inspirational for three consecutive years by his Varsity teammates.
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: Skills Training Instructor 5th-8th Grade, 5th and 6th grade Head Coach
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 been married 4 years and have two wonderful boys, Jaxon (5) , and Dutch (2)
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 Coach Gallagher at the various in-season and off-season Roots skills sessions since they began in 2011.
Paul is assisting Coach Korsak with this year’s 5th and 6th grade Roots teams. He is also in his second season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Bainbridge High School boys’ varsity squad. 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.