Mendelson celebrates 250th collegiate victory
Lakewood, WA -- In his 16th season as a head coach in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges, Raiders Men’s Basketball coach Bill Mendelson joined an elite fraternity of NWAACC coaches by capturing his 250th collegiate win. The milestone was reached in a home game on January 19, 2011, when the Raiders captured a 75-58 victory against Western Division rival Highline CC.
Mendelson began his college coaching career at South Puget Sound CC, when he took over the women’s basketball program for the 1995-96 season. In his six years at the helm, the Lady Clippers earned five trips to the NWAACC Tournament, placing 6th in 1998, and 5th in 2001. He had four 20+ win seasons, and compiled a record of 94-80. Mendelson moved over to the Clippers’ men’s program from 2001-2003, going 38-23 in two seasons, and placing 8th at the NWAACC Tournament in 2002.
Mendy made the move up I-5 in the Fall of 2003 to take over the Raiders program. In his seven plus seasons with Pierce, he has won 118 games (against 95 losses), and has led the Raiders to the top two finishes in the program’s history at the NWAACC Tournament. His 2005 team earned a shot at the conference championship, but lost a tough game to division rival Lower Columbia, and finished in 2nd Place. In 2007, the Raiders lost to Bellevue in the semi-finals, but took care of business against Walla Walla on the final day of the tournament, to finish in 3rd Place.
Mendelson was honored prior to the Raiders game against Clark on January 29. Former players from SPSCC and his past Raiders teams were on hand to congratulate Coach Mendy.