During his days as an athlete at Akron U in the late 30's and early 40's he was a great star in football, wrestling and swimming. In both 1940 and '41 he was named first team All-Ohio Conference in wrestling, and in '41 he was named first team All-Ohio in football. After a stint in the service during World War II Maluke returned to the Hilltop in 1946 as instructor in physical education and an assistant football coach. His coaching career at Akron spanned 19 years in football in which he served under five coaches; 19 years as head wrestling coach in which his teams won 100 matches. It was largely due to Maluke's efforts that wrestling became an Ohio Conference varsity sport in 1954.