When it comes to athletics at Tallmadge High School, the tradition speaks for itself.
The Blue Devils have won seven softball championships and two baseball titles.
Tallmadge also has achieved greatness on the gridiron for much of the 21st century and its volleyball team was once a state power during the 1990s.
Seeing all of these banners as he walked the hallways at the proud institution located on North Munroe Road gave Jim Maloof goosebumps.
Now he’ll have a chance to add to the Blue Devils’ already rich legacy.
Maloof recently was named Tallmadge’s head volleyball coach. He replaces Jennie Perdue, who resigned after last season.
"I'm excited about coaching at Tallmadge and can't wait to get things underway," Maloof said.
While state appearances have been elusive for the volleyball team in recent years, Maloof takes over a pretty decent program.
The Blue Devils finished 19-6 in 2018 and reached the district final on their home floor for the second consecutive year.
Tallmadge also finished second in the rugged Suburban League American Conference.
The Blue Devils certainly hope they can continue their success this fall. Tallmadge lost just one senior to graduation.
"I chose to come to Tallmadge because of the rich tradition of the school system and athletic department," Maloof said. "Walking down the hall to the gym is impressive with the number of teams from different sports over time that have made state runs. I wanted the opportunity to be part of the history."
Prior to joining the Blue Devils, Maloof, who is employed at TimkenSteel in Canton, spent the last two years as the head volleyball coach at Strasburg High School. The Tigers finished 13-11 and third in the Inter-Valley Conference last year.
"In my first year in Strasburg, I took over a team that lost five seniors," Maloof said. "It was a great outcome."
Before he joined Strasburg, Maloof spent four years as the head volleyball coach at Manchester High School in Akron. He also spent two years as a volunteer assistant coach at Schoolcraft Community College in Livonia, Michigan, during the late 1990s and has been coaching Junior Olympic volleyball for the last five years.
"The biggest thing on his résumé is the youth program," Tallmadge athletic director Don Seeker said. "He’s very involved with it. He’s a volleyball freak. He played club volleyball for a long time. He is definitely a volleyball junkie."
Seeker got a glimpse of Maloof’s expertise in the sport when he first introduced his new coach to the players.
"He was talking volleyball lingo," Seeker said. "I was like, ‘What’s he talking about?’ Watching the girls’ reactions, they were eating it up. They were definitely impressed with him."
Maloof said he prefers a "quick offense" that "creates isolations." And he hopes to stick around for awhile.
"I would like to stay at Tallmadge and build a deep program," Maloof said.
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