St. Paul needed a little more than a month to bring in its newest girls basketball coach, the latest hire to close the door on coaching vacancies in the sport.
Vicky Mahl was named head coach of the program on Monday, the school said in a news release.
"We are very excited to have someone of Vicky's caliber leading our young ladies. She has outstanding leadership abilities, excellent basketball knowledge and organizational skills and has a very positive rapport with her students and athletes that she works with," St. Paul athletic director John Livengood said. "I remember her well as a standout student athlete at Western Reserve and Heidelberg."
The school's previous coach, Jeremy Bliss, resigned on April 9 after two seasons with the program. He was 12-10 and 15-7 while guiding the team to back-to-back Division IV sectional championships.
St. Mary CC, St. Paul, Norwalk and Edison all had girls basketball coaching vacancies after the season.
Mahl's appointment is the second hire after Norwalk opted for Brock Manlet on May 10.
Mahl has been a certified and licensed athletic trainer for 15 years, and has a Masters of Science in wellness and fitness from Middle Tennessee State.
Mahl, a teacher at EHOVE, played four years of college basketball at Heidelberg College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in sports medicine.
She teaches exercise science and rehab therapy.
"I'm excited to be a part of the St. Paul community and to get a chance to work and learn from coaches like Mike Smith, Nancy Miller, and John Livengood," Mahl said. "I'm looking forward to meeting the girl's and getting to know them this summer. As a new head coach, there is a lot to accomplish, and I'm eager to begin working with my staff to build the program."
Smith is the boys basketball coach, and Miller is the volleyball coach.
This is girls basketball program's fourth coach in the past seven years.
After longtime coach Mike Wasniak stepped down following the 2004-05 season, he has been succeeded by Kris Proy (2006), Steve Hill (2007-09) and Bliss (2010-11).
"Ms. Mahl's background as an athletic trainer, a teacher, an assistant coach and as a high school and college player has prepared her to be an outstanding head coach," Livengood said.