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Mackenzie Argens, a 2012 graduate of Washington, came to the Mustangs before the 2013-14 season after a career as a three-year starter in the frontcourt for the Huskies.
In March 2016, she was selected to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s “30 Under 30” list, which recognizes up-and-coming coaches around the nation.
At Cal Poly, while assisting in all aspects of the program, she has specialized in helping to mentor Mustang post players, a group including a current professional star in Turkey (Molly Schlemer), a back-to-back (2014 and 2015) Big West Hustle Player of the Year (Taryn Garza) and a 2017 all-conference first-team honoree (Hannah Gilbert).
In 2016-17, Gilbert averaged 14.4 points and 6.5 rebounds while ranking No. 35 nationally in field-goal percentage (.541).
Her first year in San Luis Obispo, Argens helped lead the Mustangs to the Big West Tournament championship game, followed by the program’s seventh consecutive finish in at least the Top 3 of the conference standings.
The season also saw Cal Poly lead the league in rebounding with 44.5 boards per game, the most throughout the Big West in 15 years, as Schlemer tied for 31st in the country in double-doubles (15).
Argens finished her career at Washington in 2011-12 having started 98 of the 121 games in which she played. After working her way back onto the court following ACL and meniscus injuries, she averaged 6.1 rebounds between her junior and senior seasons, and her 84 career blocks tied for the fifth-most in school history.
Argens was a team captain in her final year, when the Huskies went 20-14 while advancing to the quarterfinals of the WNIT.
While an interdisciplinary visual arts student-athlete at UW, Argens was voted by her teammates to be a peer advocate mentor for two years, and she was the team’s representative for the campus’ NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Council.
In the year prior to coming to Cal Poly, Argens coached at her alma mater, Roosevelt High School in Seattle, and was invited to attend the WBCA’s annual “So You Want To Be A Coach” program held at the Final Four.