Malone Pioneers

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Malone University Pioneers
University Malone University
Conference GMAC
NCAA Division II
Athletic director Charles Grimes
Location Canton, OH
Varsity teams 20
Football stadium Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium
Basketball arena Osborne Hall (Gymnasium)
Baseball stadium Thurman Munson Memorial Stadium
Mascot J.W. Scout
Nickname Pioneers
Fight song Malone University Fight Song
Colors Blue and Red

The Malone Pioneers are athletic teams of Malone University in Canton, Ohio, United States. The Pioneers compete in Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as members of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC). Malone joined the GMAC after four seasons in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Malone joined the GLIAC and Division II in 2011 and completed the NCAA Division II membership process in July 2013 after having previously competed in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).[1] In 2016, the Pioneers will begin play in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, also known as the G-MAC.[2]


A winning tradition was established on the baseball diamond at Malone by late NAIA Hall of Fame Coach Bob Starcher. Coach Starcher led the Pioneer baseball program for 23 seasons and accumulating 521 wins while at Malone. During Starcher’s tenure as head coach, the program experienced 19 winning seasons and 12 conference or district titles.[3]

In 2007, the last baseball game was played on the site of long-time Bob Starcher Field at Malone College. The school plans to build new student dormitories on the site and for the 2008 season the baseball team will play their home games at Thurman Munson Memorial Stadium in Canton, Ohio. The college has plans to build a new on-campus baseball field in 2009.[4]


Malone College has played football continuously since 1993. The program began under head coach Joe Palmisano with a 23-23 tie against Bethany (WV) on September 4, 1993.[5] Malone has an all-time record of 83 wins, 81 losses, and 2 ties.

Play outside NAIA[edit]

The Malone Pioneers are a member of the Mid-States Football Association, a conference that is made up of NAIA schools. However, Malone has managed a significant amount of play outside of the NAIA. Malone has a record of 7 wins and 11 losses against NCAA Division II teams and 23 wins, 20 losses and 2 ties against NCAA Division III schools.[6]

Current program[edit]

See 2016 Malone Pioneers football team

The current head football coach is Fred Thomas, who is in his first year at Malone (2016). He has taken over the program from Eric Hehman, who held the position from 2009 until 2015.

Annual results[edit]

Year Record (W-L-T) Head Coach Notes
1993 2-6-1 Palmisano first season for football play at Malone
1994 7-3-0 Palmisano
1995 10-1-1 Gravier Most wins for single season
1996 8-2-0 Gravier
1997 5-5-0 Gravier
1998 7-4-0 Gravier
1999 4-6-0 Saulnier
2000 4-7-0 Saulnier
2001 2-8-0 Saulnier
2002 4-6-0 Hanson
2003 2-8-0 Hanson
2004 4-6-0 Hanson
2005 3-7-0 Hanson
2006 7-4-0 Gardner Victory Bowl lost to North Greenville University
2007 8-4-0 Gardner Victory Bowl defeated Geneva College
2008 6-4-0 Gardner Victory Bowl lost to Northwestern (MN)
2009 4-6-0 Gardner
2010 3-7-0 Hehman
2011 4-7-0 Hehman
2012 1-9-0 Hehman Entered GLIAC Play
2013 2-9-0 Hehman
2014 1-10-0 Hehman
2015 0-10-0 Hehman
2016 3-8-0 Thomas Entered GMAC Play
101-147-2 All-Time Record

Track & Field/Cross-Country[edit]

There have been a total of 133 Men's NAIA track and field All-Americans and 17 NAIA national champions. On the woman's side, there have been 59 NAIA All-Americans and two national champions. Both of these totals include indoor and outdoor track and field. Keith Spiva is arguably the most accomplished track and field athlete produced by Malone. He won 4 NAIA national titles and was named an All-American 6 times. He is also the only Malone track and field athlete to win back-to-back national titles in a single event (1989 and 1990 200 meter dash). Christopher Sinick is the most decorated male athlete, with a total of 11 All-American awards in both cross country and track. Combination of track and field with cross-country accomplishments, there have been 69 additional Men's NAIA All-Americans and 28 Woman's NAIA All-Americans. Moreover, Malone has produced one Men's and one Woman's individual cross country national champions.[7]

Malone has won the following national honors:

  • NAIA
    • Men's national cross-country champions: 1972,2007,2008 and 2009 [8]
    • Men's national cross-country runner-up: 1973, 1980, 1989, and 2001[9]
    • Women's national cross-country champions: 1999[10]
    • Women's national cross-country runner-up: 1998[10]
    • Men's national track & field champions: 1973, 1989, 1991, and 2007[11][12]
    • Men's national cross-country champions (Division I): 1986-1992, 1994, 1995, 1997–2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2006[13]
    • Women's national track & field champions: 1987-1989, 1999–2002, 2004, and 2005[14]
    • Women's national cross-country champions (Division I): 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1997–1999, and 2004[15]


Women's Volleyball has been played at Malone since 1975 and has an all-time record of 699 wins, 544 losses, and 4 ties. The current coach Tanya Hockman[16] has been head of the program since 1999 and has held the position longer than any other volleyball coach at Malone.[17] The team competes in the American Mideast Conference North Division.

The Malone volleyball program has been an extremely successful one through the years, particularly in the mid 1980’s and now under eight-year head coach Tanya Hockman, who has led the team to a 213-118 record during her tenure. The 2001 team tied the school record for most wins in a season at 41 and the program has six 25+ win seasons in its last nine campaigns. The program also has two AMC titles (2000, 2001) under Hockman.[18]
Year Record (W-L-T) Head Coach
1975 2-6 Kathi Booth
1976 8-7 Cindy Jones
1977 7-6 Darlene Young
1978 8-15 Janet Lasater
1979 7-16 Sharon Wellsby
1980 8-17 Sharon Wellsby
1981 14-15 Judy Hahn
1982 31-8 Judy Hahn
1983 41-8 Judy Hahn
1984 40-2 Judy Hahn
1985 33-13 Debbie Davidson
1986 16-24 Debbie Davidson
1987 7-19 Vera Shaver
1988 13-16 Vera Shaver
1989 12-37 Shawn Riley
1990 8-22 Shawn Riley
1991 16-29 Shawn Riley
1992 25-18 Shawn Riley
1993 13-21 Shawn Riley
1994 23-14 Cherie Harsh (Parsons)
1995 15-22 Cherie Parsons
1996 15-19 Cherie Parsons
1997 15-18 Cherie Parsons
1998 31-12 Cherie Parsons
1999 29-11 Tanya Hockman
2000 30-14 Tanya Hockman
2001 41-8 Tanya Hockman
2002 20-15 Tanya Hockman
2003 28-9 Tanya Hockman
2004 27-20 Tanya Hockman
2005 16-21 Tanya Hockman
2006 22-20 Tanya Hockman
2007 23-18 Tanya Hockman
2008 24-15 Tanya Hockman
2009 31-10 Tanya Hockman
699-544-4 All-Time Record


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