Jase Wambold- Varsity Head Coach (pictured at right)
Jorien Strand - Varsity Assistant
John Edwards - Varsity AssistantCoach Wambold became the head boys' basketball coaching position at NC in the summer of 2013. He had spent the two previous years as an assistant men's basketball coach at Whitworth University. In those two seasons, he helped the Pirates compile a 52-8 overall record, win back-to-back Northwest Conference (NWC) regular season championships, back-to-back NWC tourney championships, and make back-to-back trips to the Division III Sweet 16.
Before moving to Spokane with his wife, Laura, he spent three seasons as an assistant varsity/head JV basketball coach at Aloha High School in Beaverton, Oregon. Prior to that he was an assistant football coach at Frenchtown High School in Frenchtown, Montana for one year and an assistant basketball coach at Forest Grove High School in Oregon for one year. He welcomed his new daughter, Avery, this past June 2014 and will welcome their 2nd baby in July 2016.
He attended Edmonds Community College in Washington and played basketball as a freshman before transferring to Pacific University in Oregon where he played basketball as a sophomore. He decided to focus on Track and Field for his final two years at Pacific. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 2005 and a Master at Teaching degree in 2007, both from Pacific University. He is currently teaching in the Social Studies department at NCHS.
Shawn Gabriel - Junior Varsity Head Coach (pictured at right)
Connor Weise - Junior Varsity AssistantShawn is in his 2nd year teaching in North Central's resource department and 2nd year coaching hoops. Before NC, Coach Gabriel was a resource teacher and the JV basketball coach at Deer Park HS. He is a Shadle Park graduate where he was a 3-sport athlete in basketball, football, and track. He later went on to compete as a track and field student athlete at Eastern WA University.
RJ Salib - Freshman Head Coach (pictured at right)
Lexie Zappone - Freshman Assistant
Coach Salib enters his first season coaching the Freshman team. He comes from Lakeside HS where he spent 4 seasons as the C-team boys Head Coach. Also during his time at Lakeside, Coach Salib coached JV Baseball and JV Football.
In 2014-2015, he spent one year at Eastern Washington University as a student manager, the same year the Eagles claimed the Big Sky Conference title and made a trip to the NCAA Tournament. During his year at Eastern, Coach Salib assumed many roles from, helping identify local high school players to attending individual camps during the summer. Along with his student manager responsibilities, Coach Salib also assumed the position of video coordinator, where he filmed and edited all Eagle practices and games. He returned to the Lakeside Basketball Program the following season.
Coach Salib has been married to his wife, Kourtney for 3 years. They have a 5-year-old daughter, Makenzie. Kourtney and Coach Salib meet through basketball at Lakeside High School where they both graduated from.
Liz Gelhaus, MS, ATC, L/AT - Head Athletic TrainerLiz graduated from Eastern Washington University in June of 2014 with a BS in Athletic Training. She became a Certified Athletic Trainer in July 2014 and then attended Missouri State University to receive an MS in Athletic Training in May 2016. While in grad school, Liz worked as a certified athletic trainer for Drury University, which competes at a Division II level. She was the athletic trainer for the softball team at Drury while also assisting with volleyball and swimming. Liz began working at North Central High School in November of 2016, and is looking forward to another year caring for our student-athletes.