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Pre-Season Conditioning

October 16, 2017

A message from Coach Russo…


Red Raider Players and Parents,

I am thrilled to be joining the Bellingham Community as the new Women’s Varsity Basketball Coach. For those who do not know me, my name is Michael Russo. My wife Shea, my 1-year old daughter Carter and I recently moved to the great city of Bellingham ready to plant our roots and invest in this incredible community. You will certainly have the opportunity to meet them over the coming months and I look forward to getting to meet you as well!

I graduated from Eastlake High School, where I was the 4A KingCo Basketball MVP and Captain all 3 years. I moved on to Saint Martin’s University before finishing my college basketball career at Northwest University, where I was a 2-year Captain and First Team All-Conference.

My vision for the BHS Women’s Basketball Program is to develop competitive teams that excel on the court, in the classroom and in the community. Student Athletes in our program will personify the tradition of excellence at BHS and put forth maximum effort to carry this tradition forward. We will unite together for a greater purpose: bringing sustained success to the BHS Basketball Program.

On the court, my priority is to put our team in a position to be successful. Long hours in the film room and on the court will determine our best game plan, but I do anticipate emphasizing a defensive presence. I desire this approach because it will allow us to better dictate the pace of play and compete no matter who the opponent. We will be first to the floor for loose balls and first to pick someone up. My expectations for your daughter will be very high from the beginning, but I believe this will help us produce excellent results and for your daughter to become the greatest she can be.

I have a great respect for the journey we are about to embark on and for the competitive nature of the Northwest Conference. That being said, our goals are crystal clear: develop your daughter’s skills and abilities, work together as one team, return BHS to the top of the conference, and sustain our culture of success over the years to come.

Bellingham High is an established school and community that has fantastic students, faculty and parents. I am grateful for the opportunity to enter the scene now and thank you for the foundation you have laid before me.

Moving forward into the season, a weekly communication will be sent out noting the upcoming schedule, reminders, updates, etc.

As of right now, we are hard at work searching for a Junior Varsity/Varsity Assistant Coach. We will be selective in our search process to ensure that your daughter is in an environment to foster the greatest improvement and success.

Important Reminders:

  • Your daughter MUST be cleared (See Mrs. Vallee) before the 1st day of Try-Outs: November 13th   (more info to come on Try-Outs)
  • We are currently in a Fall League. Games are either at Mount Vernon High School or Skagit Valley College. Athletes are encouraged to attend! This is priceless out of season experience. Please follow this link for the schedule:
  • Open Gyms are running every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00-8:30 PM. Athletes are encouraged to attend and stay in basketball condition prior to the season starting.

Items to Keep on Your Radar:

  • BHS Student-Athlete Meeting in the Gym on Monday, November 6th at 3:30 PM
  • BHS Parent Meeting on Tuesday, November 7th at 7:00 PM on the 3rd Floor Lobby (we will break out into a classroom here as well)
  • I handed out the attached Raider Questionnaire to those who attended our first meeting on Thursday morning. If your daughter did not receive one, I would encourage her to fill it out and return it to me at Open Gym next Tuesday or anytime to Chad Larsen in the Athletic Office. This is a great way for me to get on the fast track of getting to know your daughter!
  • You will notice on the November schedule there are a few highlighted dates. We would LOVE to have some parent volunteers (or two go in on it together) host a team dinner for our girls on those days. This will be great bonding time for them! I can help in any way with this too, just let me know and thank you for your support.

I have attached a schedule for October and November. We will be practicing Monday-Saturday and alternating having the early practice one week and the later practice the next week. Please begin to game plan transportation for your Student-Athlete. I have also attached the 2017-2018 Game Schedule for C, JV and Varsity Teams.

Lastly, if there are parents who you speak with that did not receive this email please have them email me right away so that we can add them to the list.

If you have any questions from this email or moving forward towards the season, please feel free to contact me:



Thank you in advance for your support of the Bellingham Women’s Basketball Program and I look forward to a fantastic season!

Here we go…Go Red Raiders!!


Michael Russo

Head Women’s Basketball Coach

Bellingham High School