Multifaceted Malashevich is a weapon for Spring Valley Timberwolves
For the Timberwolves’ successful football team, Malashevich not only serves in many capacities, but is the exact fit in many scenarios head coach Brad Dingess faces on a game night.
“He does about everything,” Dingess said. “Just look on a Friday night. He plays in the secondary, he lines up at slot, he lines up at tailback, he’ll play quarterback, he’s the long snapper on the punt team, the holder on the field goal team and he returns kickoffs and punts for us. The kid literally never comes out of the ballgame. Not one play.”
There is a slight bit of irony to that laundry list of chores for Malashevich, however.
One thing not mentioned in his repertoire of duties is kicking the football. Considering his bloodlines, people might find that a bit odd.
His father is Spring Valley assistant coach Billy Malashevich, who was a talented kicker for Marshall University from 1997-99 when the Thundering Herd made its transition to FBS (then NCAA Division I-A). The older Malashevich, who is charge of coaching the Spring Valley kickers, still ranks in the top 20 in scoring in Marshall history, ranking 18th with 180 career points.
“I’m sure (Graeson) could kick if he’d work on it,” Dingess said. “He just does so much - he’s our best holder and our best snapper - that it’s hard to put him back there to kick if someone else can already.”
Billy Malashevich was a member of three of Marshall’s most talented teams, which combined to go 35-4 in his years with the Herd, including the 1999 team that finished 13-0 and No. 10 nationally.
His sons, Trey and Graeson, have been a major part of Spring Valley’s resurgence in the last few years, helping lead the Timberwolves to new heights in Class AAA. Trey is a sophomore defensive back at Kentucky Christian University while Graeson is a senior looking to put Spring Valley over the top in 2018.
The Timberwolves started the season with a 49-8 win over Wayne with major contributions from Malashevich.
Malashevich caught three passes for 130 yards, including an 87-yard touchdown reception. He scored on a 12-yard run while lined up at quarterback. Defensively, he made an interception and was a key cog of a unit that allowed just 89 yards to the Pioneers.
“It’s like having another coach on the field,” Dingess said. “His football IQ is just up there like no other kid I’ve had. He knows what everybody does on the field - every position, he knows it all. I’ve not really seen a lot of kids like that.”