Michael Kelly - Varsity Head Coach
This is Coach Michael Kelly’s 26th season as a head basketball coach, all of which have been in the great state of Washington. His teaching and coaching stops have included Liberty HS (’96-‘98), Redmond HS (’98-’04), and Seattle Prep (’04-‘22) before this first season as a Falcon. He is graduate of St. Mary’s College of California where he received his Bachelor of Arts in English and, more importantly, met his beautiful bride Megan (Wilson) Kelly. Together they have four awesome kids: Declan (22), Bevin (19), Liam (15), and Rowan (13). He loves spending time with family playing cards, board games, and making food together.
This past summer Coach Kelly was inducted into the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. In his previous 25 years as a head coach, he has amassed a 448-209 win/loss record. He has been fortunate to have 14 teams play at the State Tournament and reach the Tacoma Dome with two State Final appearances and a State Championship in 2006. He’s had players go on to participate at all levels of college and professionally, including the NBA.
However, what he enjoys most is the relationships he has built with players and the friendships that continue to thrive years after players quit wearing a uniform for him. Coach Kelly says, “I feel so blessed and excited to be teaching and coaching at Woodinville. It is important for me to be at a school that values relationships and sees and recognizes the uniqueness of each individual student. I have been welcomed incredibly well by the students, staff, faculty, and administration at Woodinville and hope to serve, form, and transform students in the hopes they find their authentic and best selves.”
BOB NICOL, VARSITY COACH
Bob grew up on Orcas Island and played college basketball at WWU. The Vikings finished fifth in the NAIA National Championship in his Junior year. During his Senior year, he broke the school record for assists in a season and was voted to the All-League Team.
After college, Coach Nicol played AAU basketball, winning the National Championship and the William Jones Cup in Taiwan. He spent three years in Australia, coaching and playing in Brisbane and Mackay. He ran clinics for Australia’s Junior Program and coached the Queensland Under-16 State Team to 2nd place in the Australian Championship.
Coach Nicol has spent the last 20 years coaching youth basketball - the Select program and at WHS. Bob and his wife, Janine, have 3 boys, Tyler, Cory, and Tanner who have all played Select Basketball and at WHS. In his spare time, you’ll find Bob playing golf and tennis.
JACK SNEDAKER, ASSISTANT COACH
Coach Snedaker is originally from Los Angeles, where he played basketball and was a five-sport athlete in high school. This is his fifth year as a member of the WHS Varsity coaching staff. He previously coached boys’ teams for several years in the Woodinville Select program, and coached youth teams in AAU and NYBA. He takes particular pride in coaching defense as well as in utilizing his expertise in scouting, game planning, competitive intelligence and statistics/advanced analytics. He is a graduate of UCLA, and he earned his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He owes his interest in coaching to the great John Wooden, whom he had the privilege of meeting and speaking with on multiple occasions while he was a student at UCLA. Coach Snedaker lives in Woodinville with his wife Sachiko and three children - Sandrine, Ashley and John.
CORY SMITH, JV HEAD COACH
Cory grew up in the Northshore community and graduated from Inglemoor High School in 1994, lettering & earning All KingCo Honors in Football, Basketball, & Baseball. After high school, he played shortstop for Edmonds Community College and received All NWAAC honors and a full scholarship to Oklahoma State University, where he played in the 1996 College World Series. Coach Smith transferred to New Mexico State University where he led the Aggies in several offensive categories during his junior & senior seasons and was selected to the All Big West Conference team as a utility player and centerfielder respectively. Recently, Coach Smith was the head baseball coach at Sammamish High School where he helped the Totems to a State Playoff appearance in 2015. He was also the head coach at Mercer Island High School from 2009-2012 where he led the Islanders to a KingCo 3A championship and the first State Playoff win in over 10 years. Cory was also voted KingCo 3A Coach of the Year in 2010. Coach Smith has been a part of the Woodinville community for many years now, coaching Football since 2002 & Basketball since 2014. He is currently teaching Health & P.E. at Timbercrest Middle School. Coach Smith has coached with Woodinville baseball team since 2016 & has coached the JV basketball team at WHS for a total of 8 years. Cory has been married to his lovely wife Elizabeth for 7 years, traveling when they can, & living the dream.
Kurt Fisher, C Team Coach
Kurt grew up in the small ski town of Ellicottville in Western New York State. He was a Varsity letter recipient in many sports, but basketball was always his focus. Kurt attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio and graduated in 1988 with a B.A. in English-Writing. After moving to Seattle in 1989, Kurt had a fruitful career in business for 30 years.
Kurt’s coaching experience goes back decades in motor racing and five years in basketball with multiple teams. He has coached at two different area high schools and involved in a variety of club teams. He currently is a humanities professor at Brightmont Academy.
Kurt lives in Kirkland, Washington and is an avid writer, reader, and filmophile. He received his Master’s in Education degree from Northcentral University in November 2022 with a 4.0 grade point average.