Malone Pioneers

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Malone Pioneers
Logo
UniversityMalone University
ConferenceGMAC
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorCharles Grimes
LocationCanton, Ohio
Varsity teams20
Football stadiumTom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium
Basketball arenaOsborne Hall (Gymnasium)
Baseball stadiumJackson High School Baseball Field[1]
MascotJ.W. Scout
NicknamePioneers
Fight songMalone University Fight Song
ColorsBlue and Red[2]
         
Websitewww.malonepioneers.com

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).[3] In 2016, the Pioneers will begin play in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, also known as the G-MAC.[4]

Baseball[edit]

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.[5]

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.[6]

Football[edit]

See List of Malone Pioneers head football coaches

Malone University played football continuously between 1993 and 2018. The program began under head coach Joe Palmisano with a 23–23 tie against Bethany (WV) on September 4, 1993.[7] Malone concluded their program with an all-time record of 104 wins, 164 losses, and 2 ties. The last head football coach was Fred Thomas, who coached from 2016-2018. He took over the program from Eric Hehman, who held the position from 2009 until 2015. The school disbanded the team in February 2019.[8]

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
1995 10-1-1 Gravier Most wins for single season
1996 8-2-0
1997 5-5-0
1998 7-4-0
1999 4-6-0 Saulnier
2000 4-7-0
2001 2-8-0
2002 4-6-0 Hanson
2003 2-8-0
2004 4-6-0
2005 3-7-0
2006 7-4-0 Gardner Victory Bowl lost to North Greenville University
2007 8-4-0 Victory Bowl defeated Geneva College
2008 6-4-0 Victory Bowl lost to Northwestern (MN)
2009 4-6-0
2010 3-7-0 Hehman
2011 4-7-0
2012 1-9-0 Entered GLIAC Play
2013 2-9-0
2014 1-10-0
2015 0-10-0
2016 3-8-0 Thomas Entered GMAC Play
2017 1-9-0
2018 2-8-0
104-164-2 All-time record

Track and 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.[9]

Malone has won the following national honors:

  • NAIA
    • Men's national cross-country champions: 1972,2007,2008 and 2009 [10]
    • Men's national cross-country runner-up: 1973, 1980, 1989, and 2001[11]
    • Women's national cross-country champions: 1999[12]
    • Women's national cross-country runner-up: 1998[12]
  • NCCAA
    • Men's national track & field champions: 1973, 1989, 1991, and 2007[13][14]
    • Men's national cross-country champions (Division I): 1986–1992, 1994, 1995, 1997–2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2006[15]
    • Women's national track & field champions: 1987–1989, 1999–2002, 2004, and 2005[16]
    • Women's national cross-country champions (Division I): 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1997–1999, and 2004[17]

Volleyball[edit]

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[18] has been head of the program since 1999 and has held the position longer than any other volleyball coach at Malone.[19] 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.[20]
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
1981 14–15 Judy Hahn
1982 31-8
1983 41-8
1984 40-2
1985 33-13 Debbie Davidson
1986 16–24
1987 7–19 Vera Shaver
1988 13–16
1989 12–37 Shawn Riley
1990 8–22
1991 16–29
1992 25-18
1993 13–21
1994 23-14 Cherie (Harsh) Parsons
1995 15–22
1996 15–19
1997 15–18
1998 31-12
1999 29-11 Tanya Hockman
2000 30-14
2001 41-8
2002 20-15
2003 28-9
2004 27-20
2005 16–21
2006 22-20
2007 23-18
2008 24-15
2009 31-10
699-544-4 All-time record

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://malonepioneers.com/sports/2016/4/1/jackson-high-school-baseball-field.aspx?path=baseball
  2. ^ Malone University Visual Identity Guidelines (PDF). Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  3. ^ Looney, Josh (July 15, 2013). "Division II adds new conference, members". NCAA. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  4. ^ "Great Midwest Athletic Conference Expands, GLIAC Contracts". Hero Sports. July 6, 2015. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  5. ^ Malone College : Baseball Archived December 20, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Malone College : Malone College Alumni Baseball Game Archived April 15, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ College Football Data Warehouse Malone College Football 1993 results
  8. ^ "Malone University dropping football program amid restructuring". Akron Beacon Journal. February 1, 2019. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  9. ^ Malone College : NAIA All-Americans Archived November 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Malone College : November 17, 2007 Archived May 10, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Yearsitechampionpointsrunner-Uppoints Archived May 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ a b "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on May 22, 2011. Retrieved December 11, 2007.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ Welcome to the NCCAA: National Christian College Athletic Association
  14. ^ Welcome to the NCCAA: National Christian College Athletic Association
  15. ^ Welcome to the NCCAA: National Christian College Athletic Association
  16. ^ Welcome to the NCCAA: National Christian College Athletic Association
  17. ^ Welcome to the NCCAA: National Christian College Athletic Association
  18. ^ Malone College : Tanya Hockman Archived May 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ Malone College : All-Time Year by Year Results Archived May 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ Malone College : Volleyball Archived October 22, 2007, at the Wayback Machine

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