Greg Malling of Arrowhead High School has been named the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association/Green Bay Packers Coach of the Year, a program presented by the Wisconsin National Guard.
Malling recently completed his second season as the head coach of the Arrowhead football program. The Warhawks finished the 2012 season with a perfect 13-0 record, capped off by a 35-14 win over Sun Prairie in the WIAA Division 1 State Championship at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison on Nov. 16.
"It's very humbling to receive this award," said Malling. "It's a direct reflection of an incredible coaching staff and a great group of kids who worked and played well together all year long. It was an amazing experience."
Malling began his coaching career in 1996 as an assistant at Beulah (N.D.) High School. After a three-year hiatus from coaching, Malling moved to Walt Whitman (Md.) High School in 2000, where he was an assistant before accepting the head coach position at Wootton (Md.) High School in 2005. After five seasons, Malling moved to Leesburg (Fla.) High School for one season before accepting his current position at Arrowhead in 2011.
A Max, N.D. native, Malling is a graduate of Max High School where he played running back and linebacker under coach Dean Ralston. After high school, he attended and graduated from Minot State University. Malling is currently an English teacher at Arrowhead High School.
Malling and his staff oversee a program of 122 players. His assistant coaching staff includes Dave Bechtel, Nick Brengosz, Mike Feuerstahler, Jim Hessler, Andy Hillmann, John Hoch, Del Kaatz, Peter Kishline, Jim LaVoi-Bergman, Sam Leo, Sal Logue, Derek Micke, Joe Panos, Dave Pfeiffer and Geoff Steinbach.
Malling is married to his wife, Ronne.
In recognition of the honor, the Packers and the Wisconsin National Guard will award a $3,000 donation to the Arrowhead football program. Malling will be presented with the award at the Packers home game against the Tennessee Titans on Dec. 23, and honored on Jan. 27, at the WFCA All-State banquet in the Lambeau Field Atrium.
This marks the 12th year both the Green Bay Packers and WFCA have awarded the honor together. The WFCA has awarded a Coach of the Year since 1976, while the Packers have presented the same award since 1998, in addition to the Coach of the Week program that has honored 158 coaches and programs statewide since its inception.
More information regarding this award, the All-State team and the WFCA is available at www.wifca.org