Founder, Director of Training, Sgt. Mike Lawson

Mike Lawson leads all training efforts for the North City AAU basketball program. His extensive experience in training high school, collegiate and professional athletes is a true testament to his ability to get the most out of his players. Below is some information on Mike, but if you would like to learn more, please visit


* Private basketball coaching for kids; 4th grade to high school, college to NBA/WNBA players
* Current member of the WNBA practice team of men that practices against the Seattle Storm team
* Played basketball in Germany on an all-Army basketball team.1987-1989
* In 1996, played in the Magic Johnson Fila Pro League. This is a sanctioned NBA summer league
* All state high school basketball player in Massachusetts
* Player of the year for central Massachusetts

Founder, Executive Director, Andrew Grinaker – 17U Black, 14U Black Coach

Andrew started North City Training in 2010 because he saw a void in developing and preparing young adults for high school and collegiate athletics. He wanted to create a program that focused first on fundamentals, individual skills and building core strength and conditioning. Each of our teams play in competitive AAU tournaments, but the goal of our program is to improve each player so that they can be better equipped to play at the next level (high school or collegiate athletics).


* Played AAU basketball in Puget Sound Area and Varsity Basketball at Bothell High School.
* 15+ years coaching experience, including Shorecrest High School, Shorecrest HS Feeder Program, Jackson HS Feeder Program and North City AAU teams.
* 5+ years officiating experience, including at the HS Varsity level in Yakima and Seattle areas.

20160107_081507_resized Marion (Max) Green, 15U Black Coach and Middle School Director

Coach Green brings 20+ years of training and coaching experience to North City.  Coach Green is responsible for growing our lower grades (4th-9th), working with those coaches and finding the best players in the area looking to grow their game, both physically and mentally.


Taylor Stevens,  16U Black Coach & Lead Middle School Trainer
Coach Stevens is in his 5th year of coaching at North City. He is currently the Head Women’s Varsity Coach at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. He finished his playing career at Montana State and also led North Idaho to two straight Scenic West Athletic Conference titles. He is also a former standout at Marysville-Pilchuck HS where he averaged 20+ pts per game and was named ALL WESCO.

List of other coaches/trainers

  • Junior Chibuogwu (2nd year), North City coach/trainer, former Seattle University basketball athlete
  • Cameron Swanson (4th year), current Pacific Lutheran University Assistant Coach
  • Anxhelos Pere (3rd year), current Shorewood HS Boys Varsity Assistant Coach
  • Michael Arquillano (5th year), current Jackson HS Boys Varsity Assistant Coach/JV coach
  • Tony Williams (2nd year), current Jackson Wolfpack select coach
  • Kevin Crawford (3rd year), former Woodinville Select coach
  • Prince Lacey (1st year), current Newport HS Boys Varsity Assistant Coach

2018 Staff Photo (not all coaches/trainers present)