Lynnwood High School named Eddie McFerrin its new girls basketball coach. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Lynnwood High School named Eddie McFerrin its new girls basketball coach. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Prep notebook: Lynnwood hires new girls basketball coach

Eddie McFerrin will lead the Royals; ESD honors student-athletes; King’s star picks up an offer from UW.

One of the area’s most decorated girls basketball programs over the past decade has a new leader.

Eddie McFerrin, who spent the past eight seasons as an assistant coach for the women’s hoops programs at Edmonds Community College and Bellevue College, has been named the new head coach at Lynnwood High School, Royals athletics director Rob McMains confirmed Wednesday.

“For a long time I’ve been wanting to take over my own program,” said McFerrin. “That opportunity just sort of came this year to take over with the girls program at Lynnwood, and I sort of rose to the opportunity knowing the background and history of that program.”

McFerrin credits former Edmonds coach Ron Newton and current Bellevue coach Mel Stubblefield as mentors that prepared him to take over his own program.

The former community college assistant joins a team that made five straight state tournament appearances from 2013-2017 — including a Class 3A state title in 2015 and third-place finishes in 2014 and 2016 — but hasn’t returned since.

McFerrin said he’s “excited” to “bring that atmosphere back to the Royals that they used to have back in 2014, 2015.”

In order to get there, McFerrin said he’ll implement a defense-first approach.

“I believe that’s the way to win games,” he said. “That’s the way to create offense.”

McFerrin comes to Lynnwood with plenty of coaching experience at the youth level. He runs Fusion Elite Basketball, an Everett-based program that aims to provide coaching for at-risk youth.

“Our motto is keep them on the court and off the streets,” McFerrin said of Fusion Elite. “We want every kid that wants to display (their) talents be able to do that. Whether they can afford it or not, we make it happen.”

He’s also led boys and girls teams at Brier Terrace Middle School for the past three seasons.

Edmonds School District honors scholar-athletes with $20,000 in scholarships

Sixteen different students from the Edmonds School District received $1,250 scholarships in recognition of their achievements in athletics and in the classroom.

Edmonds-Woodway’s Emmanuel Boakye-Ansah, Kyra Hicks, Jadyn Waram and Jacob Willcox; Lynnwood’s Ruth Addisu, Sara Bouchard, Musa Camara and Sean Cambronero; Meadowdale’s Jamie Christiansen, Jacob Seals, Mason Vaughn and Brynn Webster; and Mountlake Terrace’s Jamie Bingaman, Dylan Breuer, Tymothy Harris and Isabel Ong all received the awards that were given through donations from community sponsors, coaches and school booster clubs.

All 16 winners sported a grade-point average of 3.6 or higher, with Hicks, Camara and Ong earning a 4.0.

King’s boys basketball standout lands UW offer

One of the top recruits from the state for the class of 2022 is officially on the radar of Mike Hopkins and the University of Washington men’s basketball program.

Tyler Linhardt, a 6-foot-7 forward from King’s High School, took to Twitter on Monday to announce he’d received an offer from the Pac-12 program.

Linhardt helped lead the Knights to the Class 1A state title this past season while posting an impressive stat line that earned the sophomore most valuable player honors at the state tournament. Linhardt averaged 21.8 points, 12.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists over four games at the Yakima Valley SunDome. He was also named the 1A boys state player of the year by the Associated Press.

Linhardt also has offers from Eastern Washington and Boise State, according to 247sports.com.

Talk to us

> Give us your news tips.

> Send us a letter to the editor.

> More Herald contact information.

More in Sports

Jean-Luc Baker leads advanced students through a warmup during the Seattle Skating Club 2024 Your True Step figure skating seminar on Saturday, June 15, 2024, at Olympic View Arena in Mountlake Terrace, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Patterson: What’s next for local Olympian Jean-Luc Baker?

The Edmonds ice dancer brought Olympic gold medalist Nathan Chen to town with Your True Step.

Logan Gilbert of the Seattle Mariners throws a pitch during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at T-Mobile Park on June 16, 2024, in Seattle, Washington. (Alika Jenner / Getty Images)
Mariners week: Gilbert’s brilliance lifts Seattle to sweep

Seattle’s 8 1/2-game lead in the AL West is its largest since the 2001 season.

AquaSox week in review: Mariners’ Polanco does rehab stint

Everett wins five of six on the road against Eugene; Schreck and Garcia have big weeks.

Women’s PGA Championship offers fans chance to watch and learn

The women’s golf major tournament comes to Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish beginning Thursday.

Jackson senior and UNLV commit Yanina Sherwood is The Herald’s 2024 Softball Player of the Year. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
2024 Softball Player of the Year: Jackson’s Yanina Sherwood

With both her arm and bat, Sherwood led the Timberwolves to their second-straight state title.

Kamiak’s Synclair Mawudeku (2) pitches during a 4A softball game between Kamiak and Jackson at Kamiak High School on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 in Mukilteo, Washington. Jackson won, 9-0. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
The Herald’s 2024 All-Area softball team

Editor’s note: The Player of the Year and All-Area teams were chosen… Continue reading

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba catches the game-winning touchdown pass as Eagles cornerback James Bradberry defends in the fourth quarter on Dec. 18. (Yong Kim / Tribune News Service)
Seahawks look to fully unlock Jaxon Smith-Njigba’s potential

Seattle is expecting good things from the receiver, who was taken 20th overall in the 2023 draft.

Everett 8-year-old Ryder Romano was selected to compete in the prestigious Brick Invitational Hockey Tournament. (Photo courtesy of Brittany Walker)
Everett 8-year-old selected to prestigious hockey tournament

Ryder Romano will play at the Brick Invitational Hockey Tournament on July 1-7 in Edmonton, Alberta.

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Devon Witherspoon (21) celebrates a stop of Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard (20) during the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Nov. 30, 2023. The Cowboys won, 41-35. (Tom Fox / Tribune News Service)
Captain of the Seahawks defense? Why it could be Witherspoon

The talented second-year cornerback brought ‘outrageous energy’ to Seattle’s minicamp.

Drew Bryson, the new Arlington boys basketball head coach, at Arlington High School on Tuesday, June 11, 2024. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Arlington taps alum Bryson to continue boys hoops tradition

The former Eagles star succeeds Nick Brown as Arlington’s head coach.

Why Seahawks are joining NFL trend with joint practices

Seattle will conduct practices with the Tennessee Titans prior to their preseason game.

Seattle Storm head coach Noelle Quinn on the sidelines June 15, 2023, during a game against the Las Vegas Aces in Las Vegas. (Ellen Schmidt / Las Vegas Review-Journal, file)
As WNBA exposure grows, Storm content to quietly stack wins

Amid the Caitlin Clark-fueled buzz, Seattle has won seven of its past eight.

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.