Malchow makes his move

Nate Malchow has made it official, accepting the job of Washington High School activities director and resigning as girls basketball coach.

The move comes just days after the coach guided the Warriors to a 58-51 victory over Mitchell in the Class AA state finals, giving Washington its third title in the last seven years.

“I met with the players this morning, and it was not an easy conversation,” Malchow said Wednesday. “But it’s always been a long-term goal of mine to be an activities director, and right now it’s the right time.”

The former Aberdeen Central standout took over the Warriors in 2005 after serving as an assistant at Roosevelt under Fred Tibbetts. He takes over the AD post from Kevin Kennedy, who is retiring.

The move is contingent upon school board approval Monday and will take effect July 1.

The girls basketball job at Washington is expected to draw a strong pool of candidates when the job officially becomes open next week.

“We’ll have a lot of applicants, and I’ll be a big part of that search,” Malchow said. “Washington was built on tradition, and I told our kids that the winning tradition will continue.”