Head Women’s Soccer Coach
A Lindenhurst, N.Y., native, Mahlan received his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Farmingdale University in 1975. He chose to continue his education in 1996, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from LaSalle University. Again in 2010 he took to the books completing his Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from American College of Education. He is currently enrolled at Northcentral University working towards his Doctorate Degree in Sports Management.
Mahlan’s coaching career began as the Head Men’s Soccer coach for Tri County Technical College in South Carolina. Before joining the Laker coaching staff, he also served as a head competitive boy’s and girl’s teams coach in Florida for age groups under 7 to under 19, as well as head high school boys soccer coach in Tavares, Fla., for six years; Haines City, Fla., for two years; Winter Haven, Fla., for four years; and Berea, S.C., for two years.
Mahlan’s plan is to continue the program’s widely recognized progress to be National Contenders for years to come. In the past season, the Laker Women were ranked in the top 20 for five weeks.
Graduate Assistant Soccer Coach
Abbey, from Saginaw, Mich., starts her first season with Iowa Lakes as the program’s Graduate Assistant.
Abbey played goalkeeper for four years at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich. As a Laker, she was a member of the 2010 and 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship teams. In the 2013 season she helped Grand Valley to an undefeated record, currently holding the second-longest streak in Div. II history for consecutive minutes (1228:08 min.) without surrendering a goal and was named 2013 Goalkeeper of the Year.
Before joining the Iowa Lakes’ family, she trained local high school goalkeepers from the Saginaw area for the past three summers; was an assistant coach for a U11 and U12 travel team; has helped work many soccer camps throughout Michigan and has her Level 1 and 2 goalkeeping licenses.
Abbey received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Grand Valley State in 2014 and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Higher Education from Iowa State University.