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Malinich Joins Warrior Athletics as Administrative Coordinator

LEWISTON – LC State Athletics announced the addition of Samantha Malinich to its administrative team as the Administrative Coordinator. A former NAIA student-athlete, Malinich will join the Warriors after working in Moscow’s Parks and Recreation department.

“We are very excited to have Sam join our team,” Athletic Director Brooke Henze said. “She brings experience and perspective to a position that has been vacant on and off for the last few years. Sam was an NAIA student-athlete and coached at a few different levels, so she has a lot to offer and we are thrilled to add her to our staff.”

Malinich earned a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Leisure Studies-Sports Management from Valley City State University in North Dakota. She played softball at the NAIA institution and worked in the sports information office before serving as a volunteer assistant at NCAA Division I Idaho State. She later was named the head coach at Moscow High School before joining DIII Farleigh Dickinson University as an assistant coach. Malinich returned to Moscow in 2019 and completed a Master’s in Movement and Leisure Sciences in May of 2022.

As the Administrative Coordinator, Malinich will work directly with coaches and the rest of the administrative staff to help accomplish the department’s goals. She will manage team travel and will assist with Avista NAIA World Series volunteers.

“I am excited and extremely grateful to have the opportunity to become a Warrior,” Malinich said. “I know that being the Administrative Coordinator for the athletic department at LC State is exactly where I am meant to be in my career. I was an NAIA student-athlete and absolutely loved my experience. I am excited to have the chance to contribute to the experiences of others. I have already enjoyed getting to meet many different people in athletics and around campus and I cannot wait to meet and build relationships with many more.”

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