The wait is over.
Lansing Community College hired Greg Mallek to be the school’s new athletic director Oct. 1. Athletics at LCC had previously been operating without a formal AD in place, since Scott Latham left the college in August.
Mallek has an extensive background in sports management and is a native of Saginaw. He previously served as the assistant athletic director at Olivet College for one year before a four-year stint as the athletic director at Delta College.
Delta College and LCC both belong to the Michigan Community College Athletic Association.
“From my experience at Delta (I know) being the only full-time sports employee is a big job,” Mallek said. “There are certain things you have to do and I enjoy doing them.”
Mallek received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Saginaw Valley State University and is currently working toward his doctorate of education in sports management from the United States Sports Academy.
Mallek and his wife Tracy have two children: Cal, 8, and Jaedyn, 6.
Mallek said before he can set any specific goals for the sports programs at LCC, he must first assess “where the program is at.”
“LCC athletics are very well supported by the community and the administration,” Mallek said. “President Knight and Dean (Evan) Montague are very excited about where the programs are and where they can go.”
Mallek said while succeeding on the court or field is always a goal, academics are his first priority when dealing with student-athletes.
“My goals for the programs are to make sure the students have a great experience … part of that experience is being successful on the playing field,” he said. “But I also want them to have a great experience academically. I am a facilitator for my students first and foremost.”