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Robert Malekoff

Teaching Assistant Professor/Academic Advisor – Sport Administration
Director, Undergraduate Sport Administration Undergraduate Program

Department of Exercise and Sport Science
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8700
(919) 843-4507


Bob Malekoff has had an extensive career in college coaching, athletic administration, and as a professor of sport management.

Malekoff served as an Assistant Coach of Men’s Lacrosse at the University of Delaware, and as the Head Coach of Women’s Soccer and Assistant Coach of Men’s Lacrosse at Princeton University before embarking on a career in college athletic administration. He was an Associate Director of Athletics at Harvard University and then Director of Athletics at Connecticut College and the College of Wooster. During this time he served on many conference, regional, and national committees including the NCAA Management Council.

A noted commentator and consultant on a variety of issues related to sport, Malekoff served as Director of Research for the Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University and was a Senior Advisor for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s College Sports Project, an initiative aimed at maximizing the educational value of intercollegiate athletic participation and promoting the integration of campus academic, athletic, and student life dimensions. He has worked with numerous colleges, universities and athletic conferences throughout the nation to develop and maintain an appropriate balance between academics and athletics in higher education. Malekoff has written, lectured, and consulted extensively on the role of intercollegiate athletics in the academy, and has regularly commented on college sports for national publications and broadcasts.

Prior to joining the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill faculty, Malekoff was Department Chair and Associate Professor of Sport Studies at Guilford College. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Physical Education from Bowling Green State University (1976) and the University of Delaware (1978) respectively. He went on to earn an M.Ed. in Administration, Planning, and Public Policy from Harvard University (1986) and an Ed. D. in Educational Leadership from Ashland University (2008).