Founder, Owner, Former College & Professional Head Coach, Professional Trainer
Nothing gives me more satisfaction than helping to develop the individual skills of players. I have such a passion to help players realize their dreams. It is so exciting to see players doing things that they have never done or been able to do. Just the fact that they are coming to me shows a commitment on their part to get better and that kicks in my competitive juices to help them achieve their goals.
The basis of my instruction and what I will hold any player who calls on me accountable to, is:
- I demand excellence
- I will push you to your fullest potential
- I encourage you never to give up & fight to be the best
- I will teach you sportsmanship, honor & integrity
- I will teach you humility, unselfishness and superior confidence leading to success both on & off the court
- I will instruct you in the fundamentals of the game, especially Quick HandleTMthrough repetition, discipline and proper technique
- I teach mental toughness to master pressure, play in the zone, develop a leadership presence and a take charge spirit
European Professional League Germany and Austria 1983 – 1987 Coach Mendo completed a successful basketball career by playing four years in the European Professional League. He also competed in major European tournaments and exhibitions against the French Olympic Team. Playing 4 years in Europe was a dream come true for Coach Mendo. He hopes to instill this hope to young players aspiring the opportunity to play overseas. In European Professional League (as player/coach for two seasons) Austria- first place finish in regular season Average 38 points per game He has taken these techniques and incorporated them into the Quick Handle program where well over 15,000 players of all ages and skill levels have been instructed over the past 20 plus years.
Portland Community College, Portland, OR 2005 – 2008 In 2008 Coach Mendo completed a 3 year reign as the head men’s basketball coach at Portland Community College. During his tenure, Coach Mendo led his team in the first year to the second best record in the school’s history. Simpson University, Redding, CA 2000 – 2004 Simpson University, a NAIA Division 2 University, established success and visibility during the 4 years that Coach Mendo was at the helm. In 2004 Coach Mendo completed his fourth year as head basketball coach at NAIA Division 2 Simpson University. The 2002-03 Simpson won 21 games, the most in school history, and also set a school mark, winning the most games for a men’s basketball team in the California Pacific conference. The team went on to finish 3rd in the nation at the NCCAA National Championships, in Oklahoma City, OK. Northwest University, Kirkland, WA 1996 – 2000 Coach Mendo began his college coaching career at Northwest University and started a foundation of success in the program that continues today. He guided Northwest University to its first ever play off birth in their first year of existence in the NAIA and guided his team to three consecutive conference playoff appearances in three years. He also directed his team into the NCCAA Division 1 National Championship tournament. His teams also compiled two 20 win seasons and a top 25 NAIA National ranking. Tennessee Temple University, Chattanooga, TN 1987 – 1990 At Tennessee Temple University (as Assistant Coach) Led team to 75 wins in three years. Won two National Division I Christian College Championships.
Muharraq Club Bahrain 2008 – 2009 Coach Mendo completed a successful season as the head coach of the Muharraq Club in the country of Bahrain. Coach Mendo led his team to the league championship finals and finished runner up. Sahel Club, Kuwait 1994 – 1996 1990-96 Professional Men’s Coach Middle East Prior to his college coaching career, Coach Mendo coached professionally for 6 years in the Middle East professional leagues; 4 years in Bahrain and 2 years in Kuwait. He had successful teams in each of his years, and was selected as Bahrain’s National coach for 2 years successfully competing in the Asian games and receiving a bronze medal in the Gulf Arab Championships. Isa Town Bahrain 1992 – 1994 Bahrain High School 1992 – 1993 Bahrain National Team 1991 – 1992 Muharraq Club Bahrain 1990 – 1992 European Professional League Germany and Austria 1983 – 1987 As a player, it was a wonderful opportunity to also start his coaching career as a youth coach and capping his playing career working in the position of a player/coach. The experiences proved to be a wonderful wealth of knowledge and opportunities that has served him well and has been a valuable source in his career as a coach.
Coach Mendo currently resides in Issaquah, Washington with his lovely wife, Teresa. A basketball family thru & thru Coach Mendo & Teresa have four children; Jessica, Tyler, Dominique and Alexandra, along with son-in-law, Aaron, and two grandchildren, Jaedyn and Jazlyn. Coach Mendo is a very proud husband and father. Married for 26 years to Teresa who is not only his biggest support but is also a co-partner in the Quick Handle business. She manages and organizes Quick Handles multiple program operations. Jessica the oldest daughter is a 4 year High School starter, All Northern California section, Co-MVP of the Cascade conference and an NAIA All-American. Her husband Aaron was a stand-out High School and College player. Tyler was a 2 year starter at Eastside Catholic and an honorable mention all league player; honorable mention all league freshmen player at Portland Community College and has been a solid contributor at Northwest University over the past two years. Dominque (Domi) was also a 4 year starter in High School, 2 years at Eastside Catholic selected as an all league player as a freshman and also receiving post season consideration at Issaquah High school leading her team to the semi finals of the state tournament. She is currently a freshman playing at Northwest University. Alexandra (Ali) is a sophomore currently playing at Issaquah High School. The 2 Grandkids Jaedyn is a 5 year old definite D-I Prospect along with Jazlyn a 2 year old beauty that feisty and full of life. We are very thankful to God for His rich blessings upon our family.
Coach Mendo has an incredible story of failure to success and gives God all the glory more… Coach Mendo had a very incredible upbringing full of challenges and experiences that have had a major impact on his life and future. Having a very special senior season of success on the court was a fascinating start to a promising and successful basketball career. However, the bright spot of his basketball career was on a parallel track to a double life full of bad choices that destroyed so much potential and almost took his life. Alcohol, drugs and poor decisions with the opposite sex contributed to dysfunction and trouble that caused a major loss of confidence, self esteem and deep depression. What hurt even more was witnessing a number of friends committing suicide due drug overdose and lives being destroyed because of poor choices. Coach Mendo also had his near fatal moments with death. Realizing that continuing this pattern of living would only end in the same of fatality like so many of his friends and decided to start moving in a new direction. This pursuit of a new direction and truth led to a personal life changing decision to accept Biblical truth and receive Jesus Christ in his life becoming a Christian. This one major decision radically changed his entire life having a direct effect on his personal decisions and freedom from a host of addictions. Including a change in behavior there was a radical shift with his dreams, goals and focus in life. Coach Mendo is passionate about reaching out to those who are hurting and looking for answers; helping our youth not making some of the bad choices that he made with sharing his experiences, knowledge and practical insights to help others. “I thank God for His Mercy and Grace saving me and paying the ultimate price by suffering on the cross for my sins. I give Him all the glory for everything that He has saved me from and for all of His exceptional goodness that He has provided to me and my family”.