Kurt Melton - Varsity Head Coach
This is Coach Melton’s fifth year with the Woodinville Basketball program, after spending 12 years as the varsity head coach at Oconomowoc High School in Wisconsin. Prior to Oconomowoc, Kurt started as a coach working at Milwaukee Vincent High School, for Wisconsin coaching legend Tom Diener. While there they won a state championship with many players who went on to have great careers at the division one league, and one who has spent many years in the NBA (Carl Landry). Coach Melton is an English teacher at Woodinville High School and the Activities Director. He has been married for 20 years to his wonderful wife, Jenifer. They have two daughters, Dakota (18) who is at SDSU and Jordan (16) a junior at Woodinville High School.
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.
Benjamin Kittler, C Team Coach
Fun Fact, Coach Kittler was born in Fairbanks, Alaska and his first word was “ball” while attempting to tackle a basketball. His dad played high school ball and helped Ben grow up learning and loving the sport until his own turn to play at Monroe High School. He has never forgotten what it felt like to have a group of people come together and dedicate their time towards a common goal.
Playing in intramural games during college and local pick up games every Wednesday night has kept the passion for the sport going but he would do anything to have the opportunity to play as a team again. In his third year of coaching for the Woodinville basketball program, he is excited to continue to support a new group of young men through helping them lay a foundation of skills that they can build on for the rest of their lives. Fun Fact #2 Favorite Quote: “Journey before destination, enjoy the journey” - Brandon Sanderson, Stormlight Archive .