TERRE HAUTE —
It’ll still be principal Dave Mahurin at Rockville High School.
But coach Mahurin has called it a day.
Mahurin retired as Rockville’s boys basketball coach on Monday. Mahurin has served a highly successful run as the Rox head coach for the last 11 years.
“I just can’t do it [being principal] justice with the schedules that both jobs have,” Mahurin said Monday night. “When I look at the big picture, I still want to be a good principal and father.”
Mahurin’s Rockville teams of recent seasons emerged not only as one of the best small-school powers in the Wabash Valley, but in all of Indiana. Mahurin coached the Rox to the Class A state championship game in 2012 as Rockville suffered a narrow 55-52 loss to Loogootee in the title game.
Rockville was undefeated in the 2013 regular season — a run that included the school’s first-ever Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic championship in December 2012 — but the Rox fell to Lafayette Central Catholic 65-55 in a regional contest.
Mahurin’s Rockville teams — highlighted by the presence of sons R.J. and Lane Mahurin for much of his tenure — were 165-80 in his 11 seasons in charge. Rockville has won 20 or more games in five of the last six seasons.
Mahurin has also coached at South Vermillion (1995-2002) and Adams Central. His career record is 290-222 in 24 years of coaching.
Mahurin wouldn’t trade the wins, but he wouldn’t trade the life experiences he’s had with his players either.
“Coaching has been about developing relationships with kids,” Mahurin said. “The winning and losing isn’t what it’s all about. I’ve had 20 years of working with kid. The reason I didn’t get out sooner is that it’s the one thing where most of your experiences are positive. I still have a lot of relationships from my time in coaching.”
Mahurin’s children are all playing collegiate basketball starting this winter. Beth will play at Indiana State. R.J. and Lane will both play at Indiana Wesleyan, after R.J. transferred from ISU.
“When you’re a varsity basketball coach, you miss a lot of your kids’ performances. There’s a lot of sacrificing when it comes to participating in their lives. I want to take one year to be a dad and sit in the stands and follow them and support them,” Mahurin said.
But it’s not just his own kids. Mahurin wants to follow the careers of some of his former Rox players, too.
“I put a calendar together over the weekend. There’s a game almost five times a week where I could go and see somebody. I want to be supportive,” Mahurin said.
As for the open coaching position created by his retirement, principal Mahurin said discussions will begin about it today.