Edmonds CC tabs Nick Amrine as women's basketball coach
LYNNWOOD – Nick Amrine has been hired as the new women’s basketball coach at Edmonds Community College, effective May 2, 2019. Amrine’s most recent coaching stop was as the Stanwood High School girls coach this past season where he led the Spartans to districts in his first year. Amrine has a great deal of college coaching experience, most notably 10 years as the assistant women’s hoops coach at Everett CC from 2005-2013, and again from 2016-2018.
Amrine got his start as an assistant at Feather River College in Quincy, Calif., and spent three years as an assistant at the University of the Cumberlands, a four-year NAIA school in Kentucky. He also had stops as a coach with Reno High School and led the Nevada Basketball Academy as Director of Operations as well as instructing in Reno, Nev. from 2003-2005. He is a native of Fernley, Nev.
During Amrine’s 10 years at Everett, the Trojans won a North title in 2007-08 and were NWAC Championship Tournament qualifiers seven times. Everett lost in the quarterfinals in 2017-18, Amrine’s last year on the bench. “Nick is familiar with the NWAC, is connected to the local high school basketball scene because of his experience, and has a vision larger than just winning basketball games,” said Edmonds athletic director Spencer Stark. “It was apparent to the hiring committee that Nick was the right fit for the position. He gets what this is all about, especially recruiting -- of the student-athletes coming in, and then moving them on with their degrees to play after Edmonds.”
“Thank you to Spencer Stark and his interview panel for having the belief and trust in me to become the new women’s basketball coach,” said Amrine. “I will pour my heart and soul into this program and strive to achieve success on and off the court. I’m excited to begin my college head coaching career.”
The Tritons went 10-12 overall last year, the first time the program has reached double-digit wins since the 2010-11 season. Amrine will look to build off that step forward as he returns the freshmen core of last year’s team. Edmonds has already signed three players for next year, which includes Briarra Nakihei from Castle High School in Kaneohe, Hawaii, and Stephanie Cannon from Honolulu’s Kaiser High School. Nakihei helped lead Castle to the Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) DII state championship this year. Amrine will begin recruiting immediately and plans to announce his coaching staff in the coming days.
“I can’t wait to become entrenched in the culture of Edmonds Community College and add my enthusiasm and energy to a fantastic athletic program,” Amrine said.