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. Sara holds a MA in Applied Behavioral Science from Baster University and is a Positive Discipline parent educator. 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. She is the Founder and Director for Ballard Basketball. Sara and her husband Justin have two boys and live in Ballard.
A Seattle native, Taylor grew up playing with Y.E.S. select basketball out of St. Joseph school as well as Miles Ahead select. In high school, he honed his basketball skill and knowledge of the game at O’Dea where he was part of the 2007 State Championship team under Greg Kalina and Phil Lumpkin. After high school, he played at North Seattle Community College earning a scholarship to play Division II at Fischer College in Boston. Due to a family emergency, Taylor decided to stay close to home and apply to University of Washington, where he finished his degree in Biology and Chemistry.
Taylor has been coaching youth basketball since high school and has been a head coach with Ballard Basketball for over five years. Not only do his players becoming better players with his coaching, they also learn how to handle adversity, treat their teammates with respect, and discover the satisfaction of hard work.
Taylor and his wife Carly reside in Lynnwood, WA where he spends most of his days studying hoops and taking care of their new born baby, Jacob, who has special medical needs.
Taylor is the new Roosevelt High School girls head coach! We look forward to watching them compete this year.
Ani started playing basketball in 6th grade and fell in love with the game. She went to Piedmont High School where she played on Varsity under Bryan Gardere . During high school, she had a blast coaching camps and clinics. Ani attended San Francisco State where she playing on the women's basketball team. After college, Ani continued assisting at her high school alma mater as well as for local youth teams. She says, "I love helping players work on the fundamentals that they will need to be successful high school players."
Benji started playing basketball at the age of 5. As an undersized guard he had to rely on his work ethic by building his skills to compete with bigger and stronger players. This lead to the development of a great handle, a pure shot, and excellent court vision.
He approaches coaching by emphasizing hard work within a fun environment.
Now Benji hopes to pass down his knowledge of and passion for the game to enthusiastic students in the Seattle area.
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 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 became a member of the NEWMAC All-Academic Team for the 2018-2019 season and is excited to apply what she has learned on the court and in the classroom to begin her career as a coach!