When I saw the headline "Former Cochranton volleyball coach Malliard to be inducted into hall of fame,"
in The Meadville Tribune today I thought "wait, what Marci Malliard isn't already in the hall of fame?"
Not to dwell on this point for a well-deserved honor, but she and friend, Maplewood's Sheila Bancroft, have set the standard for volleyball in Crawford County that has elevated programs in virtually all the local schools. Their former players now coach against them.
Malliard should be very pleased with what she has built - more than 400 wins and a state title. She announced earlier this year she would be retiring from coaching after the 2022 season. Read more about her career and her plans to help out as a volunteer in an article we published in September.
Clarion's Shari Campbell, another local volleyball champion, is also being inducted during the ceremony Friday.