February 25, 2012
GEORGETOWN, Texas - Southwestern University mourns the passing of
baseball coaching legend, Coach Jim Mallon. Mallon, 67, passed away
Sunday afternoon following complications from heart surgery. Services
for Coach Mallon will be held on the campus of Southwestern University
at Rockwell Field on Saturday, March 3 at 2pm. There will be a
reception with light refreshments immediately following the service in
the Robertson Center.
Jim Mallon was one of the most successful
coaches in Southwestern's history during his tenure as Head Coach of the
Pirate Men's Baseball Team. Mallon earned a B.S. degree (1969) and a
M.S. degree (1970) from Baylor University and then, after a five-year
stint with the San Francisco Giants organization, Mallon began his
collegiate coaching career in 1971 at Southwestern. At the time of his
retirement in 2004 he had amassed a record of 1,197 wins against only
601 losses for a winning percentage of .666. Mallon ended his coaching
career ranked third all-time in wins for both the NCAA and the NAIA. His
teams won multiple championships. 1984 was one of the high points of
his career with his team finishing third at the NAIA World Series.
After Southwestern's transition to NCAA Division III, Mallon's teams won
five SCAC Championships and advanced to seven NCAA Regional
Championships. He was named NAIA District Coach of the Year on five
occasions and SCAC Coach of the Year four times. From 1994 to 1999 he
had players earn NCAA Division III National Statistical Champion honors
six times. Eighteen of Mallon's players advanced to compete in
professional baseball with four reaching the major league level.
Twenty-four players earned All-America or Academic All-America honors.
Mallon was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1992 and the
Southwestern University Hall of Fame in 2010.
Coach Mallon is
survived by his wife Jane, sons Jeff and Jarret,and other family members
plus a multitude of friends throughout Texas. In lieu of flowers, the
family has requested that donations be made to Southwestern University
for The Coach Jim Mallon Endowed Fund and/or The Baseball Locker Room
Campaign. Donations may also be made to The Blood & Tissue Center
of Central Texas.