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Bryan Mahan emotional in final regular-season home match as Whitehall soccer coach

The 29th-year Vikings coach started the boys program and launched the girls program, too.

WHITEHALL — In his 29th season at the helm of the Whitehall soccer program, Bryan Mahan coached his final regular-season home match Monday night.

It was a 4-1 victory for Whitehall over Fremont in West Michigan Conference action. And it was quite emotional for Mahan, who started the Vikings’ boys program in 1994 and launched the girls program in 1997.

In 30 seasons as a varsity soccer coach, including one with the Plainwell girls team in 1994, Mahan has amassed a career record of 448-295-43. That ranks him fifth all-time for victories in the Michigan High School Athletic Association record books.

At Whitehall, he’s 434-290-43 between coaching the boys and girls teams. With the boys squad, he’s 358-193-31. He coached the girls team 1997-2007 and compiled a 76-97-13 record during that stint.

With the Vikings boys program, he’s won 11 conference titles, eight district championships and three regional crowns. In 2008, Mahan guided Whitehall to a state runner-up finish in Division 3 and a 22-2-1 record that season.

Between the 2008 and 2013 seasons, the Vikings won 20 or more matches five times.

Watch the video at the top of this story to hear from Mahan and check out the photo gallery below, including some images from the Vikings’ senior night.

Photos by Matt Tarket | CatchMark

Lead writer for CatchMark SportsNet and Web Services leader for CatchMark Technologies.



  1. Laura Sikkenga

    October 4, 2022 at 4:11 pm

    Congratulations, Bryan, on your soccer coaching career at Whitehall! You deserve all the kudos given to you. Thanks for coaching Jason and Sarah along the way. Many good memories! Best wishes!

  2. Norma Flahive

    October 4, 2022 at 4:12 pm

    Scott, not to take anything away from Mr Mayan but he did not start the Whitehall soccer program. My husband Tim Flahive and the board of directors of the White Lake Youth Sports Club started the program in 1992. He coached the first 2 seasons. Then a different coach in 94 then Mr Mayan. There was a lot of work put in by many people to get it started.

    • Scott DeCamp

      October 5, 2022 at 4:34 pm

      Thanks for adding clarity to the story. Appreciate the message!

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