Casey Malone, a 1998 NCAA Discus Champion and two-time Olympian, is in his 16th season as the throws coach at Colorado.
Malone has coached four athletes to six school records at CU. In 2006, Cortney Hutmacher set the women’s indoor weight throw record at 62-8.50. The following season, Zach Hazen set records for the Buffs in the weight and hammer throws. During the indoor season, he recorded a mark of 63-9.50 in the weight throw and during the outdoor campaign, he put his name on top of the hammer throw list with a toss of 210-11.
A few years later, Malone’s athletes were back at it. Emily Hunsucker became the women’s hammer throw record holder with a mark of 212-11 in 2014 and also advanced to the NCAA Championships where she placed second overall. On the men’s side, Alex Kizirian broke the weight throw and hammer records in 2015. Kizirian ended his career with a mark of 70-8 in the weight throw, which is also the Balch Fieldhouse record, and tallied a 212-4 mark in the hammer.
Many of Malone’s athletes have seen great success and own several spots in CU’s record books. Most notably on the men’s side, Malone’s athletes take up nine of the top 10 positions.
At CU, he has mentored eight NCAA qualifiers, 17 regional qualifiers, eight junior national qualifiers and numerous Big 12, Pac-12 and MPSF scorers. Three of his athletes, James Begley (discus), Hannah Warfield-Ruffatto (javelin) and Brandin Williams (javelin) won conference titles.
A four-time All-American at Colorado State, he owns a 224-8 PR. It was the best throw by an American and ranked fifth in the world in 2009. Malone was the 1996 Junior National and Junior World Champion. He competed in the 1996 Olympic Trials (18th), improving to ninth four years later at the trials. Malone was named to the U.S. roster when he finished third at the 2004 trials. He was the only American to advance to the finals at the Athens games, finishing sixth. He competed at his second Olympics in 2008 after placing third at the U.S. Trials.
Malone won his first USATF championship in 2009 (213-03) and went on to take fifth at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin. Malone captured his second USATF title in 2010. In 2015, he competed in his 20th straight USA Outdoor Championship.
The Wheat Ridge, Colo. native lettered in football, basketball and track at Arvada West and graduated from CSU in 2000 with a degree in fine arts. Malone is married to the former Lindsey Malmgren, an assistant track & field coach at Colorado.