"A coach is someone who can give correction without resentment." - John Wooden
EDUARDO "EDDIE" GUERRERO Varsity Head Coach
Coach Eddie joined Interlake as the Varsity Head Coach in 2017. Eddie has been successful taking his high school teams to their full potential and even as far as playoffs. He has coached in the 4A NSPL-Cascade for the Kentlake Falcons in the 2014 and 2015 seasons taking the Falcons to the 2nd round in Districts. In 2016, he coached for the Overlake School in the 1A ECL, tying for 2nd place. The Owls advanced to the Bi-Districts 2nd round. Finally, in 2017, Eddie had the opportunity to coach for Interlake in Bellevue, where he lives and works, which has been a dream of his since he moved to the Northwest in 2010. In his first season, the Saints finished 5th in 2A/3A KingCo and advanced to Districts. His goal is to build a strong program in 2A/3A KingCo and be a state contender one day.
Eddie has 20 years of playing experience in Mexico. He started playing in elementary school all the way through high school, representing the BAJA team at the Junior Nationals for many years. He then went on to play in College for Tecnologico de Mexicali and UABC. After playing for many years, he has had the opportunity to learn from talented coaches and apply some of their philosophies to his own coaching strategies.
In 2003, Eddie started coaching boys at the Junior High level in Mexicali Baja Mexico, where he was also a computer class teacher at the same school. That same year he received his coaching certificate from the Mexican Volleyball Federation FMVB. In 2004, his Mexicali boys U14 team won the State tournament, making Eddie one of the youngest coaches to win State. In 2006, his Mexicali boys U16 team won the State tournament and then went on to take 3rd place in Junior Nationals. Again, in 2008 Eddie won the State tournament for the 3rd time in the span of five years with his U16 team and finished 5th at Juniors Nationals. Eddie started coaching U17 and U18 girls in 2011 for Sabotage VBC in Everett, and in 2013, he was invited to coach for Kent Juniors VBC which is known to be one of the best girls’ volleyball programs in the Puget Sound and the Northwest. He has been coaching U17, U18 and this year he is coaching their U16 team. In 2016, his KJ U17 team won the Puget Sound Region Bid tournament and competed at the USAV Girls Junior National Championships in the National division. Eddie has also coached for the USAV Volleyball Girls and Boys High Performance tryouts and camps. Also, he has coached at the UW and WSU camps. Eddie likes to attend the Gold Medal Square coach’s clinic every two years to keep learning from the best coaches in the region and country. He uses GMS tools in his coaching philosophy during practices and games. His goal and passion is to be open for more learning every day at practice, games, tryouts, camps and coaching clinics.
Eddie lives in Bellevue with his wife Jennee, and their three children, Lucas (5), Grace (3) and new baby boy, Micah. Eddie is a first grade teacher in the Bellevue School District, teaching in the Dual Language Program at Lake Hills Elementary.
MITCHEL "MITCH" BIO Varsity Assistant Coach
The 2019 season is Coach Mitch’s sixth year at Interlake. He’s been the assistant varsity coach for the past four years and was previously the C-Team head coach. Mitch grew up in the Hawaiian Islands in his hometown of Waipahu, Hawaii. He played three years of varsity volleyball at Waipahu High School as a defensive specialist/libero. He also lettered in tennis. After his high school career, he continued to play club volleyball and rec league tournaments and competed in many USAV tournaments and Nationals.
Mitch has coached for high school, club and rec leagues. He started his coaching career at his alma mater of Waipahu High School. He was an assistant varsity boys volleyball coach for nine years, and assistant varsity girls volleyball coach for three years.
Mitch is currently working at Interlake High School as a Para-Educator. “Volleyball has taught me a lot of skills I use daily, especially teamwork. Through sports and life, in general, teamwork has helped me to be able to work with everyone’s skills and abilities to the greatest potential. WE > I.”
WESLEY VANDEVANTER JV Coach
Coach Wes became the JV Coach for Interlake in 2019, and this will be his third year teaching math at the high school. He was the C-Team Coach in 2018. His volleyball experience started as the team manager of Bellarmine Prep's high school girls' team. He continued managing and working with the University of Washington's women's volleyball program for his four years of undergrad. During this time, he got to work closely with the coaching staffs of Jim McLaughlin and Keegan Cook, and notable players like Krista Vansant and Courtney Schwan. This experience exposed him to Gold Medal Squared coaching philosophies.
Wes earned his masters degree from Western Washington University. Throughout that time, he actively played in outdoor and indoor leagues and tournaments across the state.
In his free time, Wes enjoys rooting for the Huskies, the Seattle Storm and playing volleyball as much as is physically possible.