Rich Maleniak joins the Redbird track and field/cross country team as a graduate assistant. Maleniak graduated from Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a degree in chemistry and a business emphasis in 2002.
While at UW-Eau Claire, he served as the Wisconsin-Eau Claire men's and women's track and filed/ cross country assistant coach. Maleniak was in charge of developing workout plans for the middle distance runners, specializing in the 800-meter run. He also assisted with recruiting and giving campus tours to new recruits and their family members. He also coached the women's cross country team to a 12th place finish at the NCAA Championships meet in 2006, and eighth place finish in 2007 and a fifth place finish in 2008. Maleniak coached two student-athletes who broke the men's and women's 800-meter run at Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He is also holds a U.S.A. Track and Field Level I certificate.
He also served as the assistant track and field/cross country coach at Lodi Middle school. Maleniak taught fundamental training and racing tactics, while promoting teamwork and discipline. He coached 14 student-athletes who made the varsity cross country team as freshmen.
As a competitor himself, he competed in five national competitions and was a two-time NCAA Division III Track All-American. Maleniak also served as the UW-Eau Claire team captain and was named MVP after his senior season. He is the UW-Eau Claire school record holder in four events.