Pending School Board Approval Malone Is New Lobo Baseball Coach

A former East Texas baseball coach has come out of retirement to join the Longview Lobos.

Pending approval from the Longview school board, former Beckville coach Andy Malone will be the new Lobo baseball coach.

Malone was introduced at a booster club reception Monday night. In his 39 year career he won two state titles with Abilene Cooper and led Beckville to the semifinals.  He also coached at New Diana. In his career he is 843-316.

"I would hope that we could build a program," Malone told KLTV 7 Sports, "maybe upgrade the program a little bit. The bottom line is winning. Every coach expects to win, wants to win. Every mom, every dad wants to win. You just hope you can put their kids in a position to win and build an elite baseball program."

"Athletics is great at (Longview) high school and we'd like to be one of them too. So we'd like to move up to another level," Malone added.

When asked what prompted his break from retirement, Malone smiled.

"I learned the game a long time ago and I have a passion for the game. It's all about teaching. I love teaching baseball. I think that once they get that trust in you, that you know I'm your friend but I'm also your coach and from then on I think kids have a tendency to play hard for you."

Malone is a graduate of Longview high. He will replace Joey Kalmus who stepped down two weeks ago from his coaching position but remains a teacher at Longview High School.