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(Updated 10:20 a.m.) Malinowski new Bobcat basketball coach PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Friday, 30 August 2013 08:51
Mark Malinowski has been hired as the new boys basketball coach at Bowling Green High School.
The announcement was made at a special Bowling Green Board of Education meeting this morning.
Malinowski, who has been a basketball coach at Springfield Middle School for the last nine years, replaces Gary Gardner. Gardner was named as Von Graffin's replacement, the Bobcats' head coach for the last 11 seasons, in July. But Gardner resigned earlier this month.
"I'm looking forward to actually getting a chance to meet the prospects and getting out on the floor to coach them,'' Malinowski said. "I had a chance to meet the administration, and I was very impressed with the administration and working with quality people.
"All my experiences will lend itself to running a program again. I have been a head coach before, and I have also spent a lot of time with the younger kids and I know how important it is to work with the younger levels."
The district conducted its first round of interviews with Athletic Director Scott Seeliger and high school Principal Jeff Dever. A second round was conducted Thursday.
Malinowski has "multiple years of experience," said Superintendent Ann McVey this morning.
"He's coached at all different levels and sees the overall value of coaching the entire program," she stated.
Seeliger said there were seven candidates for the position that he talked with, and that was narrowed to three, with Malinowski emerging as the top candidate.
"Mark definitely rose to the top," Seeliger said. "He carried himself very well, very confidently. He gave a lot more detail as opposed to generalities. I was impressed with that."
A graduate of Toledo Whitmer High School, Malinowski has a psychology degree from Wilmington College.
He has coached basketball at various youth levels, as well as high school and college. Malinowski was an assistant coach at Wilmington College from 1994-96. From 1996-99 he coached at Springfield High School before taking the head boys varsity basketball position at Toledo Bowsher. He was at Bowsher for five years, before returning to the Springfield school district in 2004.
"I have always looked at the Bowling Green community as an opportunity to have a true feeder system, and I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to looking over and designing an entire basketball program that includes all the way down to the elementary and junior high kids," Malinowski said. "I also understand it's important to have quality individuals as volunteers and coaches to lay down a good foundation to work on fundamental skills and working hard."
Malinowski was also the head varsity baseball coach at Toledo Central Catholic in 1985 and 1986.
"He has head coaching experience and he's aware for the stresses or the pressures in being a head coach,'' Seeliger said. ''He's gone through some of the things that he needs to go through here.
''He's worked with Tim Reiser (former Springfield head coach), who I think is an outstanding coach,'' Seeliger continued. ''He believes in the Dan Dakich motion (offense) and playing tough defense."
Malinowski has been employed in medical sales for the last nine years at Star Medical, LLC in Holland.
(Education Editor Marie Thomas Baird contributed to this story.)
Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 10:54

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