CANTON  A familiar face is returning to the Malone University cross country and track coaching staff.

North Canton resident David Gramlich, who graduated from Malone in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in education, previously spent four years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Malone’s cross country and track and field programs.

Prior to returning to Malone, he was a member of the track and cross country coaching staff at the University of Akron. He was the Zips’ director of operations for track and field from 2012-14 and then served as the Akron women’s cross country head coach and recruiting coordinator for the past three seasons.

He joins Malone as an associate head coach of men’s and women’s cross country and assistant coach of men’s and women’s track and field. 

The return to Malone is a homecoming for Gramlich, who earned an incredible total of 10 NAIA All-America Awards during his time as a student-athlete for the Pioneers, highlighted by an individual National Championship in the men's marathon at the 2005 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

“To be a part of the 50-plus years of tradition that is Malone cross country and track and field has always had a special place in my heart,” Gramlich said.  “I am grateful to Malone president Dr. David King, athletic Director charlie Grimes and head coach Jack Hazen for presenting me with this opportunity to be an integral part of, not only keeping that Malone tradition alive, but to continue building upon it.  I'm excited to get to work.”

Gramlich’s hiring was announced by Malone athletic director Charlie Grimes and was a positive development in the eyes of longtime Malone University cross country head coach Jack Hazen. Hazen, who has led the cross country program for more than four decades, worked with Gramlich during his running career as well as at the start of his coaching career when Gramlich was a graduate assistant coach at Malone from 2006-2008.

After ending that stint, Gramlich worked as the head cross country coach at Ursuline College and qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in 2008. He was inducted into the Malone Athletics Hall of Fame this past February.

“I am very pleased to have David rejoin our coaching staff,” Hazen said.  “He was a very accomplished athlete here at Malone and now is equally accomplished as a coach and administrator. As our teams continue to grow, he will be invaluable as he assists me in our pursuit of excellence in both cross country and track and field.”

A Cuyahoga Falls alumnus, Gramlich resides in North Canton with his wife Leta (Huntington), a 2004 Malone graduate who competed for the Pioneer women's soccer and track and field programs, and their two children, Elia (6) and Beckham (4).