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Awards / Honors

CSU Sports Hall of Fame inductee: Jim Malley

October 22, 2012
by Enes Ozekin

The CSU Sports Hall of Fame honors former Ram and Aggie athletes, coaches and administrators for their achievements and contributions to the University. The banquet to commemorate these outstanding athletes will take place at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom.

CSU Athletics and the Ram Alumni Athletes Association are proud to announce Jim Malley as a member of the CSU Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012. After two NCAA championships, multiple All-America honors, a Colorado State University MVP award, and an Olympic Trials appearance, Malley’s journey to the Hall of Fame has certainly been one to remember.

The start of something special

Malley aspired to be a great athlete at a very young age.  Malley looked up to professional baseball player Willie Mays, and cites Mays as his inspiration for participating in sports. Learning from the baseball icon’s example, Malley placed an emphasis on a strong work ethic. As a teenager he joined coach George Haines’ Santa Clara Swim Club, widely considered to be the best and most challenging swim team in the world.

Striving for excellence

It was the lessons he learned from Haines and the Santa Clara Swim Club that shaped Malley as a swimmer.  Malley’s coach taught him the single most important attribute for success is to work hard to be the best. “Haines further instilled a strong work ethic in me,” Malley said.  “He encouraged me to expect the best in everything I did – not just in swimming, but in academics as well.”

Malley’s experience with the Santa Clara Swim Club helped him become CSU’s first-ever recipient of a men’s swimming scholarship, and Malley was determined to make CSU proud. He would ultimately become one of CSU’s most decorated athletes, appearing at the Olympic Trials and setting an American record at the NCAA Championships.

Malley's legacy

While at CSU, Malley says his three proudest moments include his success at the NCAA Championships, his academic performance and his induction into the CSU Sports Hall of Fame.

Malley is quick to point out that his successes in the classroom are just as important as his athletic achievements. As an undergraduate student in the 1960s and a graduate student in the 1980s, he made the Dean’s Honor Roll multiple times and earned a 4.0 GPA during the winter quarter of 1969. 

Malley’s advice to current and future student-athletes is to put as much effort into studying as sports. He says he enjoys giving back to the University, and relishes the fact he lived in a “special place” like Fort Collins.

Serving as a mentor

Malley now works as a school teacher in California.  Malley works tirelessly to set a positive example for those around him and says he hopes to be a role model to his students.

Malley says he is honored to be inducted into the CSU Hall of Fame Class of 2012, and would like to thank his teammates, coaches and friend Rich Gregory for the unwavering support throughout his career.

Register to attend the banquet.

Contact: Ryan Moulden
Phone: (970) 491-4601