Josh Malave Named Head Wrestling Coach at Mount Union

June 06, 2016

Josh Malave has been named head wrestling coach at the University of Mount Union.

"We are confident that the hard work and dedication to wrestling Josh has shown so far in his career will give him the ability to motivate our student-athletes," commented athletic director Larry Kehres.

Malave, who will be the ninth head wrestling coach in Mount Union history, has been the head coach at Firelands High School in Oberlin, Ohio, since 2014.  In his time at Firelands, he was the 2014-15 Lorain County Coach of the Year and the 2015-16 Patriot Atheltic Conference Coach of the Year leading the Falcons to Patroit Atheltic Conference Individual and Dual Meet titles in 2016 with a total of 13 district qualifiers.

He also spent one year as an assistant coach at Union Pines (N.C.) High School where the team won conference individual and dual meet titles while placing fifth in the state.

Malave is familiar with the Purple Raider program as he was a two-time national qualifier and 2012 All-American at Mount Union. Malave was a three-time All-OAC selection, two-time conference champion who was also a two-time Academic All-OAC and NWCA Scholar All-American selection. A two-time team captain, his 97 wins are still sixth best on the school's all-time wins list.

He is a native of Rocky River, Ohio, who attended Lutheran West High School.  He has a bachelor's degree in History from Mount Union and has a master's degree in Education Administration from Findlay.

"I look forward to meeting the opportunities and challenges of taking over a wrestling program at Mount Union that has meant so much to me," commented Malave. "We have great facilities, programs, faculty and staff and Mount Union has competed on a national level and I am excited to continue and grow that tradition in the coming years."

He and his wife Jillian have two daughters.

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