Dave Mastin calls it a grieving process.
Mastin, who was approved by the Olympia School Board on Monday night to become Capital High School’s new boys basketball coach, knows he is walking into a tough situation.
Mastin replaces Doug Galloway, a teacher at Capital who coached the Cougars for 11 seasons. His basketball coaching contract was not renewed in August. Olympia School District officials said Galloway failed to provide adequate supervision after Western Washington University police investigated alleged forced sexual contact between students during a June basketball camp in Bellingham.
In spite of an outpouring of support from students, parents, and community members, including a “Support Coach Doug Galloway” Facebook page, the Olympia School District elected not to renew Galloway’s contract for coaching boys basketball.
Mastin, 48, said he knows it’s going to take time for that grieving process to work its way through everyone.
“All of the young men are different,” Mastin said Tuesday. “It’s going to take some time, and I think it’s important to acknowledge that.”
The first order of business for Mastin has been establishing a coaching staff. He said he’s reached out to former Capital assistant coaches Troy Mickelson and Brian Vandiver about joining him on the bench, but that’s still a work in progress, he said.
“We’ll see how that works out,” Mastin said.
While this is Mastin’s first head coaching job in the high school ranks, he has a wealth of experience of coaching college basketball. Following his playing days at Whitman College in the 1980s, where his father, the late Jim Mastin, was the coach, he became an assistant coach at Whitman for two seasons – once in the early 1990s and again during the 2005-06 season. He later served a two-year stint as the men’s basketball coach at Walla Walla University.
Mastin currently does public policy advocacy work and works with foundations and community colleges on investments. He previously served as a Washington state representative from 1993-2004 and also has a law degree from Gonzaga University.
He’s coached at Griffin School two years ago. When asked what attracted him about the Capital position, he said it was simply a chance to coach and be around basketball. An all-state player at Walla Walla High School, Mastin ranks No. 5 in scoring (1,605 points) and is No. 2 in rebounding (976) at Whitman.
“It’s basketball that I love,” Mastin said. “I’ve always been much more interested coaching at the high school level. The more important job after the boys and girls are done playing basketball in a competitive environment is what they have learned from that experience of playing basketball and playing sports. To me, that’s a crucial part in what a coach is doing.”
Capital’s first game of the 2012-13 season is Nov. 26 against Class 4A Auburn Riverside. Its first 2A Evergreen Conference game is Dec. 11 against Tumwater.Meg Wochnick: 360-754-5473 firstname.lastname@example.org @megwochnick www.theolympian.com/southsoundsports