By Robert Husseman • Sports Editor • 

Sheridan coaches Mahe, Dickey step down

Sheridan volleyball coach Denise Dickey and Sheridan girls basketball coach Gary Mahe are stepping down from their positions effective immediately, the News-Register has learned.

Dickey and Mahe will formally cede their coaching positions on Wednesday, when the Sheridan School Board will meet. Athletic Director Bob Bennett said that a search to replace the two coaches is underway, effective immediately.

Mahe had previously coached the Sheridan girls a decade ago and began his second tenure with the Spartans in the middle of a controversial period, as Sheridan had fired girls basketball coach Carrie Bailey in the middle of the 2006-07 season. The reeling Spartans lost 13 of their 14 games after Mahe became head coach, finishing the season 4-20 overall (1-13 Class 3A West Valley League).

Mahe amassed a record of 90-105 during his second coaching tenure at Sheridan. The Spartans finished seventh in the West Valley League in 2013-14 with a record of 2-12 (3-18 overall).

“The main reason has to do with family,” Mahe wrote in an email to the News-Register. “I have 10 grandchildren and they are growing up to fast. I want the freedom to be involved in their lives and although the season is only four months long, coaching is a full-time job.”

Dickey began coaching the Sheridan volleyball team in 2010 and has amassed a 43-61 record in her four seasons. The Spartans finished 7-7 in Class 3A West Valley League play in 2013 (10-12 overall), taking fourth place in the league and missing the OSAA Class 3A state playoffs. Dickey was unavailable for comment.

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