NEWARK,  Del. -- Ed Maley, who dedicated nearly 50 years of excellence to University of Delaware athletics as a student-athlete, coach, and administrator, passed away Friday after a recent illness.

“Mal”, who was inducted into the University of Delaware Athletics Hall of Fame on Oct. 28, was 82. He had recently been hospitalized at Christiana Hospital after suffering a fall.

A moment of silence was held prior to Delaware’s football season finale vs. Villanova this past Saturday at Delaware Stadium.

Funeral services are set for this Saturday, Nov. 26 at the St. Thomas More Oratory, 45 Lovett Ave., Newark, Del., 19711. Visitation is from 11 am until 1 pm with a memorial mass scheduled for 1 p.m. the burial will be private.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Maley was a varsity football standout, a coach in three sports, and an administrator before his retirement in 2001. He was a starting lineman for Hall of Fame head coach Dave Nelson and led teams to a record of 21-6-1 over three varsity seasons in 1954-56.

After earning his degree in sociology in 1957 from Delaware and a stint in the Army, he joined the coaching ranks in 1959 and began a 32-year career coaching the defense and leading Delaware to national prominence.

During his tenure, the Blue Hens won four national championships (1963, 1971, 1972, and 1979) under Nelson and Hall of Fame head coach Tubby Raymond, made nine NCAA Tournament appearances, captured 13 Lambert Cup trophies, and posted four Boardwalk Bowl victories.

“Mal was a cornerstone of our football program for nearly a half-century” said Raymond. “He did everything and he did everything well. He was a fine coach, a good recruiter, and an outstanding administrator. He was a wonderful guy to have at your side on the sidelines. We are going to miss him very much.”

Maley coached the defensive line (1962-73) and linebackers (1974-90) during his tenure and served as defensive coordinator in 1979-1990.

He also enjoyed a successful two-year stint as men’s lacrosse coach, posting the best winning pct. (.667) in UD history and leading the Blue Hens to an 8-2 record and a MAC title in 1961. Following his retirement, he served UD Athletics as an admissions officer for 10 years. He also served as freshman men’s basketball coach during the 1960-61 season and was an associate professor at the University from 1982 until 2001.  

He and his late wife, Patricia, a 1957 UD graduate and former Blue Hen cheerleader, had three children and three granddaughters. All three of their children were student-athletes and UD graduates. Kris was a three-year letterwinner in volleyball and a team captain in 1980; Bill was a standout defensive back for the UD football team in 1980-82; and Kara was a three-year letterwinner in volleyball and was co-captain twice in 1985 and 1986.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Ed Maley Football Scholarship Fund or to the UD football program (Office of Development and Alumni Relations, University of Delaware, 83 East Main Street, 3rd Floor, Newark, Del.,19716).

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Scott Selheimer | selheime@udel.edu | Office: 302-831-8007 |  Cell: 302-562-5129