High School Basketball

Preston promoted to Baker girls’ basketball head coach

Mount Baker’s girls’ basketball team announced its replacement for former coach Brenda Ellis on Wednesday, June 3, and the Mounties are staying in house.

Kim Preston, who coached the C-team and was an assistant on the varsity team last season, will take over the program, the school announced in a news release. Ellis announced her resignation in March after 11 years at the helm.

While Preston doesn’t have any head coaching experience, she does have plenty of basketball knowledge. Preston was an assistant coach at Lewiston High School in Idaho from 2010 to 2012, helping the girls’ basketball team to back-to-back Class 5A state titles. She also helped coach tennis and basketball at Bellingham High School last year, the news release said.

She graduated from Sehome High School in 2005. She was a two-year letterman in basketball and softball with the Mariners, while also earning two years of letters in those sports at Wenatchee High School. She also lettered three years in soccer at Wenatchee.

After high school, Preston played women’s basketball for four years at Lewis-Clark State College and was named captain her senior year.

Preston takes over a program that went 14-12 last season and was a game shy of the Class 1A State Tournament.