May 13, 2005
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - Mel Mahler has been named men's soccer coach at St. Bonaventure University, Director of Athletics Dr. Ron Zwierlein announced on Friday, May 13.
Mahler brings 26 years of coaching experience to St. Bonaventure, including 10 seasons as head coach at Bowling Green. He replaces Bill Brady, who coached the Bonnies for the past six seasons before leaving for Greensboro (N.C.) College last month.
"Mel comes to us as a highly respected coach with a track record of success," Zwierlein said. "We welcome Mel and his family with open arms to St. Bonaventure University and its athletics community. We anticipate continued success as he directs Bona soccer in the coming years."
"My wife, Karin, and I are excited about joining the St. Bonaventure family," Mahler said. "We are thankful for the opportunity to join an outstanding University and wonderful community. I am impressed with the leadership provided by Sister Margaret Carney and Dr. Ron Zwierlein and believe the University has a bright future under their guidance.
"Bill Brady has left the program in great shape and I look forward to further developing the men's soccer program in becoming one of the premier programs in the Atlantic 10 Conference. St. Bonaventure has a tradition of academic excellence that will be our number one goal to maintain. We will continue to attract young men of outstanding character that live by the highest standards regarding responsibility, commitment, selflessness and discipline."
Mahler enjoyed a highly successful career at Bowling Green, serving as interim head coach there in 1993 and head coach from 1995-2003. He led the Falcons to three NCAA Tournament appearances (1995-96-97), three regular season Mid-American Conference championships (1996, 2000, 2002) and three MAC tournament titles (1995-96-97). Mahler's career record at Bowling Green was 111-76-13 (.586). He was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Regional Coach of the Year in 1996, the MAC Coach of the Year in 1996 and 2002 and the Ohio Collegiate Coach of the Year in 1996 and 1997.
Prior to becoming head coach, Mahler was an assistant coach at Bowling Green from 1987-92 and in 1994.
From 1984-87, Mahler was head soccer and lacrosse coach at Pfeiffer (N.C.) University. He was a graduate assistant soccer coach at the University of Akron from 1981-84 and assistant soccer coach at High Point University from 1978-81.
A native of Smithtown, N.Y., Mahler earned a bachelor's degree in physical education and health from High Point in 1978 and a master's degree in physical education from Akron in 1984.
In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Mahler has been active as a member of the NSCAA. He has served as a regional chair of the NSCAA/adidas All-America committee, a member of the NSCAA Great Lakes regional ranking committee. Mahler also has been a site administrator for the U.S. Soccer Federation National Coaching School and a director for the U.S. Youth Soccer Association's Olympic development camps.
Mahler and his wife, Karin, have two children, Zoe (9) and Nash (6).
At St. Bonaventure, Mahler inherits at team that finished 8-9-1 last fall. Sixteen players are slated to return from that squad, led by All-Region and All-Conference midfielder Andy Garcia, who will be a senior.