Head Women’s Soccer Coach
A Lindenhurst , New York native, Mahlan received his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Farmingdale State College in 1975. He chose to continue his education in 1996, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Management 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 a Doctoral Degree in Sports Management.
Mahlan played baseball in high school and college and had a tryout with the New York Yankees. He moved to Florida in 1976 and started his professional career as a police officer. After 22 years, he changed careers and took up teaching. He taught high school science for 16 years before retiring to concentrate on a soccer coaching career.
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. Additionally, he was the head high school boy’s soccer coach for the following teams: Tavares, Florida for four year; Haines City, Florida for two years; Winter Haven, Florida for 4 years and Berea, South Carolina for two years. He was voted Coach of the Year in 2009 while leading Winter Haven to their first ever district championship. He also led Tavares to their first ever district championships in 1998. He played on several competitive teams in Florida and went to the State Cup semi-finals twice.
Mahlan holds his National Coaching Diploma and Goalkeeping Diploma from the NSCAA and Class D Coaching License from USSF. He has had two articles published, one in the Soccer Journal, Sept-Oct 2011 issue titled “Another View of What’s Wrong With Soccer in the United States” and one in the Journal of Online Higher Education, April 2012 issue titled “Eligibility for Sports in Higher Education, Academic and General Requirements”.
Mahlan has been married to Lynn Mahlan for 38 years and they live in Milford, Iowa. They have two boys, Peter and Kyle, as well as three grandchildren. Mahlan’s plan is to continue the program’s widely recognized progress to be National Contenders for years to come.
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.