June 24, 2012

2012 Coaching Changes  


Maloney returns to Ball State as head coach


Rich Maloney has returned to Ball State as head coach. He replaces Alex Marconi, who resigned after two seasons as head coach.


As head coach of the Cardinals from 1996-2002, Maloney posted a record of 256-144-1 (.640).


For the past 10 seasons, Maloney was head coach at Michigan. He guided the Wolverines to a record of 341-224 (.604). Maloney led Michigan to three Big Ten regular season titles, two Big Ten tourney crowns and a NCAA regional title in 2007. The Wolverines had four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (2005-08). Maloney was Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2008.


Maloney led Ball State to four MAC West Division titles and two MAC regular season titles. He led the Cardinals to a pair of 40-win seasons (42 in 1999, 40 in 1997) and was a two-time MAC Coach of the Year.


Maloney was an All-American shortstop at Western Michigan, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1986 and master’s in 1993. He was picked in the 13th round of the 1986 MLB Draft by the Atlanta Braves and spent six seasons in their organization.


Maloney was an assistant at Western Michigan from 1992-95 before moving to Ball State.


(photos courtesy of UM & BSU Media Relations Offices)