A three-sport athlete in high school, Sara earned twelve letters (soccer, softball and basketball) at Lakeside School in Seattle. Point guard and co-captain in basketball, her team went 96-1 in her last three seasons, winning two State titles, ranked #12 in the nation by USA Today and named "Team of the Century" by The Seattle Times. She was named Lakeside Female Athlete of the Year at graduation (’94) and was the Student Body President.
Sara earned her BA in Philosophy from Princeton University where she was a two year co-captain on the women's basketball team. Post-graduation, she played and coached professionally in Denmark. After a career-ending knee injury, she returned home to Seattle where she coached the Seattle Community College women's basketball team and was named NWAACC North Division’s Coach of the Year in her first season. She recently retired after eight years as the Head Coach of the Ballard Girls High School basketball program where she was named Metro Coach of the Year in 2018. Sara holds a MA in Applied Behavioral Science from Baster University and is a Positive Discipline parent educator. She is the Founder and Director for Ballard Basketball. Sara and her husband Justin have two teen boys and live in Ballard.
As the story goes, when Marcie was born her dad took one look at her long fingers and decided that she should be a basketball player. Growing up in Arizona, Marcie started playing basketball as soon as she could walk. Eventually she joined the Tucson Rattlers. While on the Rattlers, Marcie was coached by Chris Kalssen, who she reveres as one of the best coaches she has ever met. Marcie played at Hamilton High and Basha High School in Chandler Arizona. There she was a leader with records in blocks and rebounds. After suffering a shoulder injury she decided to hang up her basketball shoes and chose a different path to continue her love for the game.
Marcie has been coaching around the Seattle Metro area, in some capacity, over the last 10 years. She has coached through the Magnolia community center since 2017. She currently coaches at University Prep, as the middle school girls coach and the high school varsity assistant coach.
Growing up in Des Moines, WA and a 2008 graduate of Mount Rainier high school, Alfie was a four year varsity player and the schools all time leading scorer. In 2008, he was name Seamount League MVP and his team finished 4th in state, the highest finish in school history.
Following Mount Rainier, Alfie played two years at Shoreline Community College where he helped the program win the North Region in the 2010 season. After finishing his two years at Shoreline, he received a scholarship to play at Montana State University-Northern in Havre, Montana. While at MSU Northern, he would become an all conference player, and help his team reach the NAIA National Tournament in consecutive years.
After finishing his college career in 2014, he immediately started to get into coaching. He has coached boys and girls of various levels, from elementary through college, for both school and AAU/club teams. He is currently an assistant coach at Ingraham High School.
Off the court, Alfie has a degree in Business Administration and a Masters Degree in Sport and Athletic Administration from Gonzaga University.
Growing up in Shoreline, WA, a three sport athlete at Shorewood HS. Masha earned twelve letters (basketball, swimming and water polo). Captain of both the basketball and swim team her senior year. A Four-year varsity starter for the Thunderbirds Masha earned, Seattle Times Player of the Week, Player of the Week for Wesco North, Second-team All-State (2012-13), Second-team Wesco (2010-11, 2011-12), Wesco 3A Girls player of the year, Shorewood Athlete of the Year (2012-13) an finished with a total of 1,277 points over high school career.
Masha earned a double major in Finance and Marketing at Seattle University where she played 3 years of Division 1 basketball. Post-graduation Masha competed in the Macabbi Olympics for USA and brought home a gold medal. Masha has trained, coached at camps, and high school summer leagues since graduating from college. Masha was the head coach for Salmon Bay Boys Basketball for 2 years. Masha currently has a full time job as a Finance Manager for a Tech Startup.
Emma Seymour was a four year member of the Smith College basketball team playing the position of small forward/shooting guard. Majoring in the Study of Women and Gender and minoring in Exercise and Sports Studies, Emma holds the current Smith College record for field goal percentage in a game going 9 for 9. During her junior year she recorded a career high 22 points and 11 rebounds in 19 minutes against Mount Holyoke College; in the same season she led the team in blocks. In the 2017-18 season Smith won the NEWMAC regular season conference and was ranked 1st in the league. During the 2018-19 season Smith was ranked 2nd in the NEWMAC received an at-large bid to the NCAA National Tournament where they made it to the 2nd Round. Emma became a member of the NEWMAC All-Academic Team for the 2018-2019 season.
A born and raised Seattleite, Emma grew up attending Storm games, being coached by our very own Sara Wetstone, and playing basketball for Roosevelt high school. Since graduating, she has coached a variety of teams and grade levels at Ballard Select and worked as a varsity assistant coach at Roosevelt high school for two seasons. She enjoys playing pick up in her free time, working on her career in public health, listening to podcasts, and hanging out with her cat Frank! Emma is passionate about women's participation in sport and has worked to bring awareness to the inequalities that female athletes face both in college and professionally. She has writing published in Ms. Magazine, Forbes Magazine, and The Hampshire Gazette calling attention these matters. Emma is excited to apply what she has learned on the court and in the classroom to help the players that she coaches.
Coach Peterson is from eastern Washington and has been playing basketball since she was seven years old. She started out playing in rec leagues and eventually found her way into more competitive leagues. In high school at Medical Lake, she was a team captain for two seasons and was able to take those leadership skills with her to Pacific Lutheran University. She has continued to coach youth teams after college. Currently, she is getting her master’s degree in athletic training and will be working with UW women’s basketball & men’s baseball. She's SUPER excited to work with the Ballard players and be a part of their athletic and personal development paths!
Stuart has been developing, directing, and teaching One on One programs in the Seattle-Area since 2011. He joined One on One Basketball in 2004 as the Washington DC Regional Director after returning to his hometown from Seattle, where his wife was attending law school. During his three years as Regional Director in DC, Stuart led substantial growth of the After School Enrichment programs and he helped develop and launch the Player Development Program (PDP). Stuart grew up in Bethesda, MD, and played varsity basketball and rugby at Walt Whitman High School. At Loyola University New Orleans, Stuart was selected captain of the rugby team his junior and senior years, and was selected to the U.S. Eagles Collegiate All-East Rugby Team, an honor given to only 45 college players east of the Mississippi River. Stuart has competed in several team and individual sports, but his first love is basketball. He takes pride in teaching the fundamentals to aspiring players of all ages. His experience working with children as young as 4-years-old to coaching both boys and girls varsity teams and training collegiate-level athletes has allowed him to develop different strategies and nuances that are most effective for each group or individual player. “I’ve seen professional players with amazing skills demonstrate to kids at camps and clinics, but when it comes to actually teaching those skills, what progression to teach them in, and simply how to relate to the kids in general…well, that is an entirely different skill. The ability to relate and adapt to your students in addition to your content knowledge is what makes a great coach or instructor in this day and age.” Since 2011, One on One Seattle has had the pleasure of partnering with more than 50 Seattle-area school enrichment programs, and provides several camp and clinic opportunities throughout the year in partnership with Seattle Parks & Recreation and Redmond Parks Dept.
Coach Liz graduated from Lind-Ritzville High School and was a 4-year letterman in basketball and softball with two years of volleyball. Her basketball team went 28-0 to win the 2003 State B Championship and placed 2nd in the 2004 State A Championships. After high school, Liz attended Big Bend Community College where she earned basketball & softball scholarships. Post-college, she was the assistant coach for both basketball and softball teams at Big Bend CC for the next 5 years. Liz completed her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice/Forensic Science at ASU online in 2019 with hopes of becoming a crime scene investigator or possibly the next Annalise Keating (defense lawyer). She's worked for the Innocence Project and helped fight for Justice and equality for women and minorities.
Liz comes from a big sports loving family, with some who still are playing/coaching at the collegiate and professional level including uncle Wayne Tinkle, OSU men's head basketball coach.
Coaching philosophy: Having played all positions, Coach Liz has a high basketball IQ and the ability to teach all positions. She loves building relationships, helping players learn to love the game and teaching the core values, bonds, and mindsets that last far after you’re done playing. She says, "Seeing kids grow and do things they thought they couldn’t do on and off the court is awesome as a coach!" Currently, Coach Liz is a youth development professional/athletic staff program at the Ballard Boys and Girls Club and coaches multiple Ballard Basketball trainings and in house leagues.