Coach Bill Mendelson is beginning his ninth season coaching the men’s basketball team and brings with him a team of solid veteran players. Last year the team established a name for the Raiders as they placed second in the NWAACC with a 13-3 record.
This year along with Mendelson’s eight years of experience he is accompanied by the returning sophomores Alix Hernandez, Brandon Thomas and Michael Stepovich.
Though Coach Mendelson comments on the overall limited height and experience of the team, he believes that winning depends on how quickly and effectively the team blends their defensive quickness with offensive productivity.
Along with Pierce College in the Western division of the NWAACC is Tacoma Community College, Highline Community College and the competitive Lower Columbia Community College. In the NWAACC, every team is a unique and challenging opponent.
“It’s not like high school. There are no easy games in this league,” Mendelson said.
While some players on the Pierce men’s basketball team have been recruited out of high school, the team also has received talented athletes from colleges like Texas A&M and Warner Pacific. These athletes are seeking more playing time to make a real impact at Pierce.
With Mendelson’s high winning record, which is the highest winning percentage of any men’s basketball coach in 41 years of Raiders history, and various talent the team possesses the Raiders stand a good chance of going all the way this year. Their focus is on capping the season off with Mendelson’s and the first NWAACC league title for the Raiders.
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