Scott Malone enters his second season as the Mavericks? hitting coach after joining the staff in the summer of 2002.
Malone has transformed the knowledge he learned in his professional career to become one of the premiere hitting coaches in the Southland Conference.
In his first season at UTA, Malone guided the Maverick hitters to rewrite the school?s offensive record books. Under his tutelage, UTA established a new school and SLC record with a .324 batting average. Batting average was just the first of eight offensive records shattered as the Mavericks also set new marks with 715 hits, 139 doubles, 220 extra-base hits and 1.074 total bases, becoming the first SLC school to amass 1,000 total bases.
Senior third baseman Ryan Roberts thrived under the leadership of Malone as he was honored as the SLC Player and Hitter of the Year. Roberts became the first UTA hitter to earn All-America honors. Prior to his tenure at UTA, Malone spent two season?s as the hitting coach under Sherman Corbett at Texas-San Antonio.
At UTSA, Malone guided the Roadrunners to the SLC batting crown with a .311 average and served as a mentor for the 2002 SLC Player of the Year, Mark Schramek, who was a supplemental first round draft choice of the Cincinnati Reds in the 2002 Major League Baseball first-year player draft.
Malone was destined to be a coach from day one as he grew up under the guidance of his father, Andy, who is among the winningest coaches in Texas High School baseball history, amassing over 800 wins during his storied career.
Malone played four years under his father at Abilene Cooper High School, where together they helped lead the Cougars to back-to-back 5A state championships in 1987-88.
During the 1987 championship run, ACHS defeated five pitchers who have gone on to pitch in the Major Leagues in capturing the Baseball America mythical National Championship.
Malone?s abilities were not limited to the diamond as after earning second team all-state honors his senior year, he was also named the ACHS Student-Athlete of the Year.
Following a standout prep career at ACHS, Malone was recruited as a pitcher to TCU. In his first collegiate game, he came off the bench to pinch hit and connected for a homerun and never even threw another bullpen in his three years with the Horned Frogs.
Malone?s first at-bat was just a prelude to the success that he would endure as his play during his first year would garner him Southwest Conference Freshman of the Year honors in 1990. In his next two seasons, Malone claimed the individual batting championship as well as being named the SWC Player of the Year. His performance during the 1992 season earned him Mizuno/Collegiate Baseball All-America honors.
In the fall of 1992, Malone was selected as one of the top first basemen in the country and was invited to the USA Olympic Team trials.
Following his junior campaign, Malone was drafted in the ninth round of the 1992 draft. He played four full seasons in the Rangers? organization, reaching as high as Class AA.
Malone?s final season of professional baseball came during the summer of 1996 when he was a member of the Abilene Prairie Dogs of the independent Texas/Louisiana League.
Following his playing career, Malone returned to finish his education where he became a student assistant coach under Lee Driggers at McMurry University from 1996-98.
In the summer of 1998, Malone was an assistant coach for the Arlington Senators of the Clark Griffith Summer League. The team was made up of Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Southeastern Conference (SEC) players and captured the AAABA National Championship. In the fall of 1998, Malone returned to where his career began as he became a volunteer assistant coach under Lance Brown at TCU. Following one year at TCU, Malone moved to the SEC and spent one season under Keith Madison at Kentucky as a volunteer assistant coach.
Malone received his bachelor?s degree in exercise and sports studies from McMurry University in 1998.
Malone is single and resides in Arlington.