Scott Malinowski enters his ninth season as a coach for the Bobcats and his sixth as an assistant coach, after joining the Ohio Baseball coaching staff in 2004 as a graduate assistant.
As the hitting coach, Malinowski's hitters ranked in the top half of the MAC in homers (1st, 79), slugging percentage (4th, .480), total bases (5th, 978) and batting average (6th, .303). Robert Maddox III was named third team all-American by American Baseball Coaches Association and Collegiate Baseball for his 2010 season in which he led the MAC in home runs (21) and slugging percentage (.737) and was second in RBIs (78) and total bases (174). Maddox currently stands atop the school record book in RBIs (181) and fourth in homers (43) and total bases (411). He set top-five single-season school marks in total bases (2nd, 174), home runs (T-2nd, 21), hits (4th, 89), slugging percentage (4th, .737) and doubles (T-5th, 20).
Gauntlett Eldemire was named to the second team of the All-Mideast Region team and first team All-Mid-American Conference in 2010. Eldemire led the MAC in on-base percentage (.496) and was second in slugging percentage (.726), third in batting average (.398), fourth in home runs (16), sixth in total bases (146) and tied for sixth in stolen bases (16). That duo, along with first baseman Jerod Yakubik, were all selected in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft, making it the first time since 2004 that the program boasted three draftees.
The Bobcats were also strong at the plate during the 2009 campaign. The Bobcats led the MAC with 102 homers and a .547 slugging percentage, finished second in RBIs (400) and total bases (1,037) and were third in runs scored (434). They also hit .314 and posted an on-base percentage of .404, both of which finished as fourth-highest totals in the league.
One of the heaviest contributors that season was consensus All-American Marc Krauss. Krauss set the Ohio single season record for home runs with 27. That total was the third-highest in the nation and the second-highest in MAC single-season history. He led the MAC with 70 RBIs, which also tied the record for an Ohio single season, only to see Maddox break it the following season. Krauss led the MAC and set school records with 178 total bases (ranked 8th nationally) and sported an .852 slugging percentage (4th nationally). A three-time first-team All-MAC honoree, Krauss was named National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper during the first week of April when he hit .429 with five home runs for the week.
Malinowski helped the Bobcats hit .308 as a team in 2008, ranking fourth in the Mid-American Conference. Ohio had a .473 slugging percentage last season, which also ranked fourth in the MAC. With Malinowski's guidance, the Bobcats led the conference in hits with 665, an Ohio single-season record, and were second in runs scored and RBIs with 439 and 395, respectively, in 2008. Three 'Cats finished in the top 15 in the conference in hitting, including First-Team All-MAC honoree Matt Stiffler, who led the league with 91 hits, tying Ohio's single-season record, and was second with a .669 slugging percentage.
Malinowski's first season as the team's hitting coach was a success as well, as the Bobcats finished the regular season second in the conference with a .298 team batting average. Three Ohio players finished in the top five in the MAC in hitting, led by Krauss' MAC Freshman of the Year honor. Krauss also earned All-MAC First Team honors, the first Ohio freshman ever to do so. Under Malinowski's watch, the team averaged 6.8 runs per game in 2007.
A four-year starter for the Bobcats from 1995-98, Malinowski helped lead Ohio to a Mid-American Conference championship in 1997 as a junior. He hit .318 that season with two home runs, 34 RBIs and 21 doubles, which tied for second all-time in a single-season at Ohio.
He also proved a gem in the field, committing only four errors at second base and earning the team's Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award. For his career, Malinowski ranks in the top ten in several school records, including sixth in games played (206), eighth in hits (218), tied for second in doubles (53) and tenth in runs scored (136).
After his Bobcat career, he signed with the New York Mets and played two years for the Port St. Lucie (Fla.) Mets and the Capital City (S.C.) Bombers. Malinowski then began his coaching career with the Durham Braves of the Coastal Plains League. He also was an instructor for C.F. Swingtown Baseball Academy for two years in his hometown of Joliet, Ill.
Malinowski graduated from Ohio in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in sport industry and is pursuing a master's degree in education.
Malinowski is married to the former Jen Meier. They have two children, Rose and Bobby.