Josh Malave

Josh Malave

Josh Malave is in his fifth season as head wrestling coach at the University of Mount Union.

In four seasons, the program has produced a pair of national champions, 14 national qualifiers, six All-Americans and a pair of top-10 national team finishes including a program-best fifth place finish in 2019.

In 2019-20, he led the Raiders to an Ohio Athletic Conference title, extended a win streak of 13 conference matches dating back to 2018 along with the OAC Wrestler of the Year and OAC Most Falls in Least Time award winners on his way to OAC Coach of the Year honors.

Malave was the head coach at Firelands High School in Oberlin, Ohio, for two years prior to coming back to Alliance. In his time at Firelands, he was the 2014-15 Lorain County Coach of the Year and the 2015-16 Patriot Atheltic Conference Coach of the Year leading the Falcons to Patroit Atheltic Conference Individual and Dual Meet titles in 2016 with a total of 13 district qualifiers.

He also spent one year as an assistant coach at Union Pines (N.C.) High School where the team won conference individual and dual meet titles while placing fifth in the state.

Malave is familiar with the Purple Raider program as he was a two-time national qualifier and 2012 All-American at Mount Union. Malave was a three-time All-OAC selection, two-time conference champion, who was also a two-time Academic All-OAC and NWCA Scholar All-American selection. A two-time team captain, his 97 wins sit seventh overall on the school's all-time wins list.

He is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, who attended Lutheran West High School and in 2019 was inducted into the Lutheran West High School Hall of Fame.  He has a bachelor's degree in History from Mount Union and has a master's degree in Education Administration from Findlay.

He and his wife Jillian have two daughters and a son.


updated 3/17/2020