Mackenzie Argens assumed the role of assistant coach at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California, before the start of the 2013-14 season. She helped guide the Mustangs to a 15-16 record this past season. Argens assists in all aspects of the program, but primarily specializes in helping the Mustangs’ post players. During her first year, Argens helped to lead the Mustangs to the Big West Tournament championship game. The following season saw the Mustangs finish in the top three of the conference standings for the seventh consecutive season.
Tell us a little about your background?
I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, where I grew up playing all different sports — softball, soccer, tennis and, of course, basketball. I did not travel too far from home to play basketball in college and attended the University of Washington, my dream school. Growing up in Seattle, I went to all Husky football, basketball and baseball games with my family. It was just a quick 15-minute bike ride to campus.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Now that I live in California, I love to go down to the beach. I live only a block away; so, it is nice to go down to the beach to watch the surfers and enjoy the sunset.
When did you know you wanted to be a coach?
I knew coaching was the next step for me during my senior year in college. However, I have always been interested in the coaching world and the positive impact you can have on someone’s life. The reason for that is because of my dad. Growing up, he coached me in multiple sports and showed me through coaching the passion one can have for helping someone achieve their best. He inspired me to do the same. I hope to one day be at least half the coach he was and is.
Do you have any pregame rituals?
My pregame rituals consist of watching some film on the opponent and listening to music.
What is/are the most challenging part(s) of your role?
I believe one of the most challenging parts of coaching is figuring out how to get through to each individual student-athlete. Everyone is different in their own way and requires a different form of motivation.
How do you work through this challenge(s)?
The way I work through this challenge is by taking the time to meet with each student-athlete to get to know them. Figure out with their help what is the best way to communicate with them and motivate them to reach their greatest potential.
Briefly state your coaching philosophy. What values are important to you that you try to instill in your student-athletes?
My philosophy is to help the student-athlete grow into the best human being they can be — on and off the court. Helping them excel and develop in all areas of life and instilling in them values that will ensure they are successful after college is key.
What is your favorite memory in your current coaching role thus far?
One of my most favorite memories was our trip to Costa Rica. As a coach it was fun to connect with the team and watch them have success while there.
What does it mean to you to be recognized as a WBCA “Thirty Under 30” honoree?I feel extremely honored. I would not be the coach I am today if it were not for my amazing family back in Seattle and my passionate staff and team who I call family as well.
The WBCA recognizes annually the WBCA's Thirty Under 30 recipients. This recognition was created to honor 30 of the up-and-coming women's basketball coaches age 30 and under in the sport at all levels of the game. For more information on the award, click here.