Mavericks tap Mahler as new coach | Girls basketball

Former assistant previously led Shoreline, North Sound Christian to state playoffs
By David Pan | Aug 09, 2018
Arie Mahler

Meadowdale’s new head girls basketball coach has deep ties to the school.

Arie Mahler recently was named head coach, replacing Caitlyn Houvener, who gave birth to her third child this summer.

Mahler spent the last two seasons as the Mavericks junior varsity coach and varsity assistant. Mahler’s wife Stacie is a Meadowdale grad and the couple’s three children also are recent graduates of the school.

“I feel very fortunate to be taking over,” said Mahler, who noted that the Mavericks return all of their players from last year’s district playoff squad.

This is Mahler’s third stint as a head coach. He previously was the head girls basketball coach at Shoreline Christian for four years and at North Sound Christian (now known as Cedar Park Christian – Mountlake Terrace) for five seasons. Mahler guided five of his teams to the state tournament and his best finish was sixth in 2013 with Shoreline Christian.

“My teams were playoff contenders for most of the time at my two previous schools,” Mahler said.

Mahler acknowledged that his two years with the Mavericks certainly played a major role in his hiring. But his coaching philosophy also was important.

“I try to be a balanced coach and allow players to be high school students,” Mahler said. “They are student athletes first. I really try to balance the down time. … They’re only kids for a short period of time.”

Mahler said that he established good relationships with the players and their families the last two years and after some introspection at the end of last season, he concluded he wanted to continue coaching.

What he appreciates the most about coaching, Mahler said, is seeing his impact on the players after they graduate.

“The biggest reward is just really investing is my players’ lives,” Mahler said. “Players come back and they tell me they understand why I said the things I did or that I pushed them beyond what they thought they could do.”

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