Brett Ogata

Brett Ogata is a 1989 graduate of Mercer Island High School, where he played wide receiver, quarterback, and defensive back for four years and set the MIHS single-game and season records for receiving yards and receptions. While at Mercer Island he received the Coach’s Award and was an all-league wide receiver.

At Santa Clara University, he played receiver for three years and earned a degree in electrical engineering.

The 2017 season marks Coach Ogata’s 23rd as a high school coach, 9th as Head Coach, and 1st year as Head Coach of the Kentridge Chargers.

Coach Ogata is a two time winner of the KingCo 3A/2A Coach of the Year Award (2011 and 2013) and is also a two time winner of the National Football Foundation Seattle Chapter KingCo 3A/2A Coach of the Year Award (2011 and 2013). Coach Ogata has also been awarded the Washington State Coaches Assn. District 2 Head Coach of the Year (2011) and the Seattle Seahawks Coach of the Week (2011).

Coach Ogata began his coaching career at Lincoln High School in San Jose, CA, where he coached from 1995-2000, serving as the Head Coach of the Frosh/Soph. team, offensive line coach, defensive line coach, defensive backs coach, and the quarterbacks coach. While at Lincoln High School, Coach Ogata also coached Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball, Softball, and Baseball.

Coach Ogata then moved to Mercer Island High School where he served as the Islanders’ Offensive Coordinator under Hall of Fame Coach Dick Nicholl for six seasons from 2001-2006, coaching running backs, wide receivers, quarterbacks, and defensive backs. Coach Ogata also had the pleasure to coach Mercer Island Boys’ Basketball with legendary Coach Ed Pepple for eight seasons. He also coached Mercer Island Girls’ Tennis with Hall of Fame Coach Joyce Hedlund for three seasons.

Coach Ogata then moved to Skyline High School, where he coached quarterbacks (including the nation’s #1 rated HS prospect) under Hall of Fame Coach Steve Gervais and for current Head Coach Mat Taylor (2007-2008). During that time, Skyline achieved a perfect 28-0 record and won two state titles.

Then Coach Ogata moved back to Mercer Island High School and became the Head Coach in 2009. Under Coach Ogata’s leadership, Mercer Island earned two playoff berths in three seasons, the best three year run since 1998-2000. The Islanders also achieved back to back winning seasons for the first time since the 2000 season. The Islanders’ offense led or was near the top of the KingCo 3A/2A in total offense every season since 2011. Coach Ogata paved the way to some historic records; his teams broke 54 school records.

During eight seasons, 85 Islanders earned all-conference honors and 13 Islanders earned all-state honors.

As Head Coach of Mercer Island, 16 players went on to play football at the next level.

Throughout his teams’ on-field success, Coach Ogata’s teams have been in the top 5 in team GPA in the State of Washington for six straight seasons (2011-2016).

Coach Ogata teaches math at Kentridge. When he isn’t coaching or teaching, Coach Ogata enjoys spending time with his wife, Emily, his church, and watching movies.

Position Head Coach
College Santa Clara University
Seasons 2017, 2018