GREENVILLE, Ill. – The Greenville College Athletic Department recently hosted its Hall of Fame Banquet.
Former McPherson resident and longtime Central Christian College coach and administrator Jerry Malone was among those inducted as he went in under the meritorious achievement category.
Malone attended Greenville College after two years at Central College. He graduated from Greenville in 1970.
Originally from Ames, Okla., Malone married Nancy, and their three sons – Michael, Rodney, and Brett – all graduated from Greenville. Each son played soccer for G.C.’s men’s team and eventually all three received the H. J. Long Award as G.C.’s top male senior student-athlete.
With a passion for the sport of soccer, he has founded, organized, directed, promoted, and improved numerous soccer teams at Central in the city of McPherson, and throughout Kansas. An award-winning soccer coach, he has twice received the Prairie Junior College Conference Men's Soccer Coach of the Year award and National Little College Athletic Association Men’s Soccer national coach of the year award. He was a two-time coach of the NLCAA men’s soccer national champions.
The city of McPherson built a community athletic complex, Grant Sports Complex, and named one of the soccer fields in honor of Malone for his many years of service to the community. From 2000 to 2004 he was the athletic director at Central, and led the now-four-year college into the NCCAA and the NAIA. He also served Central College as vice president of student development.
The Malone family received the McPherson Kiwanis Family of the Year Award in 1993, and he has also received a meritorious service award from the National Christian College Athletic Association.
As a lifetime member of the Free Methodist Church, Malone has led or participated in a wide variety of Sunday School projects, youth organizations, musical productions and missionary endeavors with traveling service groups. He currently works with the NCCAA as director of membership and compliance.
Malone’s family now includes their three sons, three daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren.