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Maehlman is a throwback to old school coaching

Jonesboro's Dan  Maehlman is a jack of all trades when it comes to coaching three sports and serving as the school's AD.

Jonesboro's Dan Maehlman is a jack of all trades when it comes to coaching three sports and serving as the school's AD.

There was a time, as my kids won say in the old days, that a high school coach would coach almost every sport. The athletics director would serve as the football, basketball and track coach.

Now, with coaches specializing in one sport, and on the rare occasion two, the days of multi-sport coaching seems to be over.

Somebody forgot to inform Jonesboro coach Dan Maehlman of this.

The big, burly athletic director wears many hands on his bald head.

Teacher. Athletics director. Boys basketball coach. Volleyball coach. Baseball coach.

Yep, Maehlman is a man for all seasons.

As a head coach this school year, Maehlman three teams have racked up 85 wins with a region and area championship. His basketball team finished ranked No. 4 in the state after reaching the Class AAAA semifinals.

The Lady Cardinals volleyball team won the county and area championship before advancing to the quarterfinals. They ended the season ranked No. 10 in the state.

"I don't think about all of that, I'm just having fun coaching these kids," Maehlman said.

And coaching them well.

Friday, he will led the baseball team into the first round of the playoffs after finishing second in Region 4-AAAA. The Cardinals will host powerhouse Greenbrier in a best-of-three series.

Jonesboro will entering the game on a hot streak as the Cardinals have won 16 straight games.

The team struggled some at the beginning of the season as Maehlman split his time between the basketball court and baseball diamond. Now, his full focus is baseball.

Jonesboro has won 20 games. If you are keeping court, all three of the teams that he has coached this school year has won at least 20 times.

Maehlman doesn't have time to pause and count his accolades.

He is too busy these days making sure that Jonesboro athletics stays competitive on the state level. No one could ever accuse him of just going through the motions and collecting his small stipend check.

The Ohio native takes pride in coaching. Jonesboro has one of the best-looking baseball diamonds in the county.

"I want to make sure the kids have a field that they want to play on," he said. "I'm having a lot of fun with them."

Maehlman earned a basketball scholarship to Alderson-Broaddes College in West Virginia, and later walked on to the baseball team. He admits that this was somewhat of a learning experience.

"There are still coaches that have been in it for 10 or 15 years that are still learning new things," he said. "This (baseball) took a little getting us to it. It was sort of weird because I hadn't coached a lot of these kids before. It took some time for them to get use to me, and for me to get us to them."

Now, they all seem to be on the same page.

And winning has seemed to follow him from each sport.

Derrick Mahone covers sports for the Clayton News Daily and Henry Daily Herald. He can be reached at dmahone@news-daily.com.

Coaching them up

Jonesboro coach Dan Maehlman has led three teams to the state playoffs this school year.

Sport Record Playoff round Ranking

Volleyball 37-11 quarterfinals No. 10

Basketball 28-4 semifinals No. 4

Baseball 20-4 first round* Unranked

* playoffs start Friday