It will be a new-looking Seaside girls basketball team next winter. In addition to moving into a new school, the Lady Gulls will have a new coach on the bench.

Former Gull and longtime assistant coach Marla Olstedt is moving up the coaching ladder, as she was named head coach for the Seaside varsity girls basketball program on Wednesday.

She replaces Mike Hawes, who has stepped down after four seasons.

“I’m excited for the opportunity,” said Olstedt, a former three-sport athlete at Seaside, Class of 2008. “Hopefully we’re playing this winter.”

After taking over from Wally Hamer, Hawes led the Lady Gulls to a 20-5 overall record (9-1 in league) and a third-place finish in the state tournament in 2016-17.

The Gulls went in to a rebuilding mode from there, posting records of 8-17, 14-14 and 10-13 over the last three years, with a state playoff appearance in 2018-19.

Hawes brought Olstedt in as an assistant coach going into the 2016-17 season.

Gary Henley is a sports reporter for The Astorian. Contact him at 503-861-8493 or

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