Hiram College Athletics, and the Terrier community, were saddened to learn of the death of former Hiram football coach, Joe Malmisur, who passed away on Saturday evening.
Malmisur, who was a naïve of Youngstown, Ohio and a graduate of East High School, is survived by his wife, Olga, children Joseph and Martha, as well as eight grandchildren.
Joe began his career in higher education as an undergraduate at Heidelberg University, where he earned his degree in education in 1951. He would later earn a master's degree from Bowling Green State University.
Malmisur returned to Heidelberg University in 1962 and guided the Student Prince for seven seasons as the school's head coach. His top season with his Alma Mater came in 1967, when he guided the team to a 4-4-1 record. To this day, he still ranks in the top ten in Heidelberg history for coaching wins.
Following his tenure with Heidelberg, he signed on as Hiram's head football coach in 1969 and led the Terriers for 14 seasons, marking the longest stint by any coach in Terrier history.
Malmisur led Hiram to five seasons with a .500 or better record, including three six-win campaigns in his last five years in the Presidents' Athletic Conference. His top season came in his last with the program, guiding the Terriers to a 6-1 mark in conference play, and earning the school's first-ever conference championship.
Overall, Malmisur still holds the Terrier record for coaching wins and is 17 clear of Don Charlton, who succeeded him in 1983. He was inducted into the Hiram College Hollinger Hall of Fame in 2001.
Having proven his talents on the football field, Malmisur then set his sights on administration, taking the position of Athletic Director at Youngstown State University on July 1, 1983. He served the university in that capacity until 1994.
Malmisur has been credited with the hiring of then-Ohio State assistant coach, Jim Tressel, to take over the YSU football program in 1986. That following season, the Penguins made the NCAA Division 1-AA (of FCS) playoffs for the first time in school history.
With Malmisur and Tressel at the helm of the football program, the Penguins turned into a powerhouse, making the National Championship game three consecutive years and winning the title in 1991 and '93.
Often recognized for his outstanding achievements, Malmisur was inducted into the Curbstone Coaches Hall of Fame in 1991 and the East High School Hall of Fame in 1992. Additionally, he was named the YWCA Youngstown Man of the Year in 1994.
The Malmisur family has announced that calling hours will be from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, at Rossi Brothers-Lellio Funeral Home on South Avenue in Youngstown. Services will take place on Friday at Sacred Heart Church.