SPRINGFIELD, MA, November 14, 2005 – John F. “Jack” Maloney has been selected to receive this year’s annual Edward J. Hickox Award by the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic Board of Directors.
Maloney, a well-known figure and long-time contributor to Western Massachusetts athletics, will receive the award at a luncheon at noon on Tuesday, November 22 at Springfield College’s Cheney Hall. Springfield College serves as sponsor of the Edward J. Hickox Award.
“I’m very honored and humbled to receive this award,” said Maloney, “especially considering the company of past honorees already selected. But I would like to emphasize that this award is not really about Jack Maloney. It has much more to do with all the coaches, all the people, and the more than 5000 youngsters who are involved with the CYO. And it has much more to do with the city of Springfield. I’ve often said and have signed off broadcasts with ‘Springfield, a better place to live, work, and play’. I truly believe that, and I truly believe in the city of Springfield.”
Like Maloney, Hickox made his mark in Western Mass on several different fronts. Elected as a “contributor” to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959, Hickox was the basketball coach at Springfield College from 1926 through 1940. During that time, he guided his teams to five New England championships.
Hickox then served as President of the National Association of Basketball Coaches from 1944 through 1946. He was the first Executive Director of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame (1949-63), and served on basketball’s rules committee for 18 years and as an historian for at least 20 years. He received a doctorate of Humanics from Springfield College in 1961, and was elected to SC’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 1973. He also received the Purple Heart as a result of his being wounded in World War I.
Maloney is set to join past Hickox winners Pete Tougias, Earle Tonet, Jim Smith, John “Jinx” O’Connor, Walter Hickson, Vi Goodnow, Bob D’Agostino, Nick Cosmos, George “Big Will” Williams, Francis “Hawk” Connery, James Athas, Sr., Romeo Cyr, Michael Pagos, Joseph Jachym, Robert Berry, Philip Shrude, Russ Peterson, Bill Moge, Barbara Martino, and, last year’s winner, Michael Downey.
A Springfield resident, Maloney has spent the last 25 years leading and expanding the CYO basketball and athletics programs in this city and throughout Western Mass. He is currently President & Director of the CYO Basketball League of Western Mass. He is also currently the President of the Monsignor Thomas Devine CYO Center.
“We’re very proud of the fact that this year represents the 50th anniversary of the CYO organization,” said Maloney.
Since 1991, he has been a special assistant to the Superintendent for Management Affairs within the Public School system in Springfield. He is also a television producer, videographer, and announcer, including a sports commentator and interviewer on public and private television. From 2004 to the present, Maloney has produced and announced for Comcast Channel 15.
From 1985 through 1995, Jack was President of the New England Board of CYO Directors. From 1990 through 1995, he was also the Head Varsity Girls Track Coach at Cathedral High in Springfield. During that time, Connery served alongside Maloney as an assistant head coach.
Jack has also been the Commissioner of the Springfield Park Commission, as appointed by Mayor Charles Ryan, since 2004. He became President of Hoop City, USA, International earlier this year.
Jack’s list of honors and credentials does not stop there.
He was a 28-year member of the Hampden County Board of Women’s Basketball Officials. He is a member of the Amateur Athletic Union and has run 22 Boston Marathons and 8 New York City Marathons in his time. He has also been a member of the Springfield Sports Restoration Committee for High School Athletics, the Western Massachusetts Safety Council, and the Western Massachusetts Police Officers Safety Association.
Jack is also well-known as the public address voice for Cathedral High School athletics and MIAA tournaments.
Jack’s education has included stays at Cathedral High, Monson Academy, Holyoke Junior College, Springfield College, and Westfield State College. He has been a member of the United States Army – 101st Airborne Division, and the Massachusetts National Guard – 104th Yankee Division. He is a member of American Legion Post #21.
This year’s 27th Annual Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic will feature UMass versus UAB on Friday, Nov. 25 at 1 pm at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. Tickets are now on sale at the MassMutual Center Box Office, at www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-639-8602 or 413-733-2500.