Hill School Director of Athletics and Co-Curricular Activities Seth Eilberg announced that Nick Malinak will serve as the School’s head Forensics (speech and debate) coach, effective in the 2020-2021 academic year. Malniak currently is completing his graduate degree from the University of Montana and has several years of experience in the speech and debate realm.
Malinak joins The Hill Community as a teaching intern. He will teach two sections of Speech and, in the fall 2020 semester, Malinak will teach AP Government as a maternity leave substitute.
A native Montanan, Malinak brings more than a decade of experience in coaching speech and debate to The Hill; debate is a sanctioned interscholastic activity in Montana. His first experience as a debate coach came in 2007 when he became an assistant coach at Flathead High School in Kalispell, Mont., a position he maintained until 2011 when he moved east to Washington, D.C. For one year, Malinak worked in the Capital as a budget and financial associate for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee.
Malinak returned to Montana in 2012 and moved to Missoula, location of the University of Montana, the institution from which Malinak earned his B.A. in Economics. He was a volunteer assistant coach on the debate team at Big Sky High School for two years, paving the way for his appointment as the team’s head coach in 2015.
Within two years, Malinak facilitated a drastic increase in the program’s participation and success. Actively recruiting students, Malinak tripled the size of the team and, importantly, worked to retain participants, setting institutional benchmarks for overall participation and retention rates. The team also experienced some of its greatest success during regular season and post-season events. Malinak honed his leadership and directorial experience as the head coach at Big Sky, serving as the director of the 2016 and 2018 Missoula Statewide tournaments which attracted more than 200 participants from more than 25 school districts in Montana.
In 2015, Malniak founded the Big Sky High School Middle School Camp, which incorporated multiple activities relevant to speech and debate. After a modestly successful enrollment during the first year, Malniak tirelessly promoted the camp within the Missoula elementary school system and, in one year, quadrupled the camp’s enrollment, a feat which garnered attention from the local media.
Malniak will arrive in Pottstown in August after he completes coursework for his Master’s of Public Administration degree from the University of Montana.