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Tom Kroeschell is retiring after a 36-year career inside the Iowa State athletics department. (Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University)
Tom Kroeschell never caught a pass for the Iowa State football team. Steve Malchow never hit a 3-pointer for the Cyclone men’s basketball team.
Neither coached from the corner chair at a wrestling match or from the stands at Drake Stadium as runners circled the blue oval or put the shot from inside the circle.
It’s very possible you’ve never heard of either man.
But in the world of ISU athletics, these two have played valuable and vital roles in the success of the department.
Malchow and Kroeschell recently announced their ISU careers will end at the end of June, riding off into the sunset of retirement.
Steve Malchow is retiring after a 42-year career in athletics at Iowa, Wisconsin and, the last 16, at Iowa State.
Both will be missed, not only inside the athletics department, but at the games and matches and track meets — and inside the media rooms at NCAA tournaments.
Malchow, who turns 60 in June, is the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Communications and 62-year-old Kroeschell is Director of Programming for cyclones.tv.
To me, however, they will be among the best sports information people I’ve had the pleasure to work with.
Malchow’s 42-year career started as a student assistant in the University of Iowa Sports Information Office. He spent the last 16 years in Ames, following athletics director Jamie Pollard from Wisconsin.
“Today is bittersweet for me,” Pollard said in a story announcing Malchow’s retirement. “I am happy for Steve as he prepares to transition into the next phase of his life’s journey. However, at the same time, I am sad that he will no longer be directly at my side as he has been for the past two decades.”
Malchow and I crossed paths during his first job at Iowa. He later spent five years as an assistant in the Hawkeyes’ sports information office and wrestling was one of his assigned sports. He left in 1990 after Barry Alvarez was tabbed Wisconsin’s football coach and became the Badgers’ SID.
Malchow, later promoted to Senior Associate Athletics Director at Wisconsin, worked with such legendary coaches and administrators as Bump Elliott, Dan Gable, Lute Olson, Hayden Fry, Tom Davis, Dan McCarney, Fred Hoiberg and, of course, Alvarez.
“That experience is unmatched by anyone in our industry,” Pollard said.
“I have enjoyed a front-row seat to watch hundreds of athletes pursue their personal potentials and grow into extraordinary young adults,” Malchow said in his retirement announcement.
“As the son of a sportswriter, I’ve been around athletics my entire life. To have had the chance to work in college athletics my entire professional career has been rewarding, so much fun and very humbling.”
Kroeschell’s career at Iowa State began in 1985, but we first met during his days at Northwestern when he was charged with media relations for wrestling and the Midlands Open.
We not only shared a passion for wrestling, but also a love of track and field.
A native of Park Ridge, Ill., Kroeschell’s career started as a student assistant at Drake, a place he would venture back to every year for the Drake Relays and high school state track and field meet.
He was the lead announcer for the Drake Relays from 1989 to 2006 and announced the state track meet from 1981 to 2005.
“It really is a kaleidoscope of feelings,” Kroeschell said in a story announcing his retirement. “What I am going to miss most are the people because that is the whole reason I got into this.
“… Will I miss the competitions? Yes, but I will miss all the wonderful people more.”
I often tell my staff and others during difficult assignments — when the seating isn’t great, the work space too small or the interview setup shabby — readers don’t care how we do our job, just that we do it and deliver the news to them every day.
Guys like Steve Malchow and Tom Kroeschell understood that, and did their best every day to make sure our jobs were a little easier, a little more comfortable.
“The knowledge and history Kroeschell possesses about everything Iowa State is immense,” current ISU sports information director Mike Green wrote in that retirement story. “Like his entrance, Kroeschell will exit quietly remaining behind the scenes deflecting praise and admiration toward the outstanding coaches and student-athletes he covered.
“Iowa State Athletics is in a better place now. Many individuals are responsible for that, including Kroeschell, whose influence should be affirmed and underscored.”
I couldn’t have written it any better.
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