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Jim and Jimmy Maley finally join forces on the bench

06/30/2014, 10:45am CDT
By George M. Wilcox | | @geomwilcox

When Lyons grad Jimmy Maley was hired as head boys basketball coach at St. Laurence, that opened an opportunity to coach with his father, Jim.

Jim Maley (left) and his son Jimmy are coaching together for the first time this season at St. Laurence. Jimmy Maley is the new head boys basketball coach at St. Laurence, while his dad is his assistant. | George M. Wilcox/Sun-Times Media

RIVERSIDE — Pat Maley’s schedule of attending high school basketball games became much easier for the upcoming season.

As the wife of a girls basketball coach and the mother of a boys basketball coach, Maley’s been busy the past few seasons. She went to all of her husband’s and son’s basketball obligations during the season.

But this winter, Pat Maley will need to head in only one direction.

He son Jimmy Maley and husband Jim Maley will serve on the same bench together as coaches for St. Laurence’s boys basketball team. Jimmy Maley, born James Joseph Maley IV, is beginning his first season as the Vikings’ head coach. Jim Maley — James Joseph Maley III and Jimmy’s father — will serve as his assistant coach. 

Jimmy Maley was hired at St. Laurence in late April after he was fired after the season as the boys coach at Kenwood.

Jim Maley, who resigned after six years as the coach of St. Joseph’s girls basketball team, joined his son. 

“Now I’ll have one game to go to,” Pat Maley said. “I used to go to Kenwood and St. Joseph; now I only have to go to St. Laurence.”

Jim, 62, and Jimmy Maley, 30, have talked about coaching together for the past few years, but the opportunity never arrived until this season. 

During the girls basketball season, Jim Maley had told St. Joseph athletic director Bruce DeSanto that he was planning on leaving after the season to join his son, who at that time, was still at Kenwood.

Jimmy Maley was a basketball star at Lyons and, following graduation in  2002, played one season at Northwestern.

Jim Maley is back in the Catholic League for the first time since playing at Fenwick, where he graduated in 1970.

“This a way better situation than him coming back to Kenwood,” Jim Maley said. “It was hard to get to the road games there. I am happy for him to be at St. Laurence. It’s been fun.”

St. Laurence has been competing in the Riverside-Brookfield summer league, which is scheduled to begin its playoffs on Thursday. Last week, Jimmy Maley sat on the St. Laurence bench, while Jim Maley took notes in the stands across the court.

Following the Vikings’ game against Hinsdale South on June 19, both Maley coaches spoke to team members.

“It’s been a good experience. I’m definitely happy about it,” said Jimmy Maley, adding that his father has helped fill out paperwork for summer tournaments. “I don’t want to make my dad cry, but he has been my best friend.”

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