Kristen Dowling, Head Coach and Camp Director
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Kristen Dowling enters her sixth year as head women's basketball coach for the 2017-18 season. In the past four seasons, the Athenas have won four straight regular season and SCIAC Tournament titles earning an NCAA berth in each of those years. Following the 2016-17 regular season, CMS defeated University of Texas-Dallas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. At the end of the 2015-16 season, the Athenas won their first NCAA Tournament game since 1996 with a vicotry over Trinity (Tex.) in the Texas-Tyler Regional. In the 2014-15 year year, Dowling was named SCIAC Coach of the Year and led the Athenas as they amassed a perfect 16-0 record in SCIAC for the first time since the 1987-88 season. Both the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons were 24-win years marking the most wins in program history.
She spent the 2010-12 seasons as an assistant women's basketball coach at Pepperdine University where this past season she helped the Waves to an 18-12 finish and a spot in the postseason Women's National Invitation Tournament. It was her second time on the Waves coaching staff. From 2006-08, during her first stint, Dowling was a fulltime graduate assistant for Pepperdine. She spent the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at CSU Bakersfield before being asked to return to Pepperdine as an assistant in June 2010.
At Cal State Bakersfield, Dowling was part of a coaching staff that guided the Roadrunners to the two best records in school history. Her 2008-09 team compiled an overall record of 19-10, and the 2009-2010 squad posted a 16-13 mark, which was tops among the seven NCAA Division-I Independent women's basketball programs––earning Bakersfield its first Division I post-season trip to the Women's Basketball Invitational.
Dowling played collegiately at the University of Redlands, where she led the Bulldogs to their second-ever Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title in 2004, and helped the university win a Women's Basketball Coaches Association Class Act Achievement Award. Dowling graduated Phi Beta Kappa, earning her bachelor's degree in Spanish, with a minor in physical education. She went on to earn her master's in educational technology at Pepperdine, and is a graduate of Nike's "So You Want to Be a Coach" program, as well as the NCAA Women's Coaches Academy.
Chelsea Stocks, Assistant Coach
Chelsea Stocks returns to CMS for her fifth season after a year hiatus coaching at Esperanza High School in Anaheim, CA. Previously, Stocks helped coach the Athena’s to 3 consecutive SCIAC regular season and tournament titles, and three NCAA appearances, reaching the round of 32 in the 2015-2016 season.
Stocks played collegiately at La Sierra University, then transferred to Washington State University, where she walked on. Stocks also spent time working as a video coordinator, and student manager for the WSU women’s basketball program. After graduating from Washington State with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management, Stocks continued coaching at Canyon High School in Anaheim. Stocks also worked as an Operations Intern for the Long Beach State women’s basketball program during the summer of 2011.
Stocks earned a Masters of Science in Sport Psychology from Long Beach State University in 2016.
Mara Falahee, Assistant Coach
Mara Falahee enters her first year on the sidelines for the Athenas during the 2017-18 season.
Falahee is a former four-year starter and two-year captain for the Athenas. During her time on the hardwood, the Athenas won three-straight SCIAC Championships and SCIAC Tournament Titles advancing to the NCAA Tournament each season.
“The culture, women that are in the program, and opportunity to learn from my peer coaches is why I chose to come back and help where I can,” said Falahee of returning to the Athena’s program. “I have been a part of Coach Dowling's program since her start here at CMS and am excited to now be coaching under her. I also have the unique opportunity to attend the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance at CMC this year to receive my Master's in Finance.”
Falahee is a 2016 graduate of Scripps College where she earned her degree in Economics and Accounting.