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Brent MerrittHead Coach
This will be Coach Merritt’s third season as head coach of the Crusaders. Before coming to EC, he was an assistant coach at Garfield High School. Coach Merritt attended high school in Oakland where he achieved high honors in both basketball and track and field. He earned a scholarship to the University of Washington where he played basketball and ran track. His senior year at UW, Coach Merritt averaged 12.6 points per game and 2.5 steals under Coach Lynn Nance. In 1990, he earned All-American honors for track and field, and in 1991 at the Pac-10 Championships, he won first place in the mens 4x400 and second place in the 400m. After college, Coach Merritt went on to play basketball in the Brazilian Professional League from 1993-2001, consistently averaging 20 points per game. Coach Merritt works as an Advancement Associate at Eastside Catholic and resides in Seattle.
Reggie PaulAssistant Coach
The Crusaders welcome back Coach Paul for his third year on our coaching staff. He was born and raised in Inglewood, California where he played varsity basketball for Inglewood High School. After high school, he attended Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen, Washington, where he became an All-American, two-time league MVP and an all-star. He has been inducted into the Grays Harbor College Hall of Fame and the NWAACC League Hall of Fame. After attending Grays Harbor for two years, he was awarded a scholarship to Seattle Pacific University where he earned All-League honors his junior and senior years. Coach Paul played overseas for five seasons in Holland, Israel and Japan where he earned all-star honors and was one of the leading scorers in the league in three of those seasons. His coaching resume includes coaching as a graduate assistant at Seattle Pacific and coaching at Ingraham, Ballard, Evergreen and Garfield high schools. In the past seven years, Coach Paul has helped coach young men along with winning back-to-back state championship titles. He loves coaching and sharing all of his knowledge and experience. He is extremely honored to be coaching at Eastside Catholic.
Anthony WhiteAssistant Coach and JV Head Coach
Coach White is in his third season with the Crusaders. Prior to living in the Pacific Northwest, he resided in Toledo, Ohio. He attended high school in Libby, Ohio and later served six years in the United States Army. Coach White has enjoyed a long coaching career in high school basketball. He coached for two years as an assistant coach at Mt. Rainier High School before spending eight years as head coach at Evergreen High School in Seattle. While at Evergreen, he was honored as Seamount League Coach of the Year (2010-11) and was the Seamount League Sportsmanship Award Winner (2011-13). This past August, Coach Tony became a deacon at his church in Tacoma, Maranatha Family Worship. Coach Tony has four wonderful children, three girls and a boy, ages 23, 15, 11 and six.
James MacIntyreAssistant Coach
Coach MacIntyre is in his third year as an assistant basketball coach at Eastside Catholic. Coach MacIntyre attended Monroe High School and spent his college years at Carroll College in Helena, Montana, where he played basketball for four years. Coach MacIntyre has coached at the middle school, high school and collegiate levels. He is currently teaching eighth grade humanities here at Eastside Catholic. When he’s not in the gym, Coach MacIntyre enjoys mountain biking, Crossfit, backpacking and eating baby-back ribs.
Spencer KrakerAssistant Coach
Coach Kraker is in his first year as an assistant varsity coach for the Crusaders. Coach Kraker attended and played basketball at Bellevue Christian High School where he was a two-time state champion. He was the team captain and starting point guard on both state championship teams and set all of the schools assist records. Coach Kraker has been coaching basketball at the middle school and high school levels for over 10 years, with stints at Garfield High School and Bellevue Christian High School. He enjoys helping players develop, both on and off the court. He loves scouting and developing game plans to prepare for opponents. We are glad to have Coach Kraker join our staff this season.
Head Football Coach Dominic Daste didn’t think he’d have a career in coaching after his playing days at the University of Washington.
Varsity boys basketball had a great run in the WIAA 3A Hardwood Classic State Basketball Tournament. They narrowly lost to O'Dea, the eventual state champion, in the semifinals before defeating Rainier Beach for third place.
Sophomore Shane Nowell met with the Tacoma News Tribune after the state quarterfinal win against Ingraham to break down the game.
Stacey Stoutt has accepted an offer to continue in her role as acting athletic director for the current school year and will take the helm as our athletic director effective July 1, 2019. Dominic Daste has accepted an offer to lead the Crusader football team as head football coach effective July 1, 2019.
Congratulations to our varsity boys swim team for their third place finish at the WIAA 3A State Swim Meet.
Congratulations to our varsity cheer squad who was awarded the 3A Academic State Championship for winter 2019 through the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Scholastic Awards Program.
Congratulations to Boys Basketball Coach Brent Merritt for being selected by The Seattle Times as one of the best high school coaches in the Seattle area for Winter 2019.
Congratulations to the following seniors who signed commitment letters to play their sport at the collegiate level on National Letter of Intent Signing Day.