The PSA Executive Director, a former pupil, talks about Malcolm.
I'm very happy to provide a few words on Malcolm.
In fact, I was his original charge. Malcolm started his coaching days at Gresham's School Holt Norfolk where I was a pupil. He also coached other sports at that time (rugby and cricket) and demonstrated a real knack of getting children to "enjoy" games.
With his son Christy, and a visiting young Ian Robinson, we together built up our reputations and our experiences.
I turned full time at squash at school under Malcolm's tutorship which was also a first for him in real one to one squash coaching. This is back in the early 1970s. Ultimately, I left school with a string of junior titles and attended University as well as turning professional and eventually reaching number four on the ISPA world rankings.
Malcolm's style, at that time, was fair but uncompromising. I believe he was much tougher on his pupils then than he is now. We went through punishing training schedules (from as young an age as 12 or 13) and he often participated in these gym sessions himself to show he could do the hard work too. At that time he was still playing at County level standard. One of the main reasons I won titles is because I could push myself harder than my opponents on court. This was down to Malcolm's training and, I suppose, had its roots in the Jonah Barrington philosophy.
Having said that, Malcolm always placed the greatest emphasis on racket skills practice and this is a policy he has brought forward and developed through the years.
After I left for University in Nottingham Malcolm soon took up posts at Sheffield Abbeydale followed by Walton Hall. Although he spent more time then coaching club players he still maintained a close attention on his young professional charges of which, for a period, I was one of.
Although I returned to Nottingham, Malcolm continued to build his reputation and worked with a string of professionals.
His move to Pontefract, and his development of his son James following together with Lee Beachill dispel the myth that Malcolm was never able to produce a senior player. I was testimony to that also, and at an earlier time when arguably the top flight of the game was perhaps far more physically demanding on tour.
It has been said many times that Malcolm perhaps speaks his mind too quickly, and I am not going to deny that. He is a Yorkshireman, and as such retains a loyalty to that county's code of speaking up. Well, we all know that if you speak too soon, then you run the risk of being mistaken from time to time. Never mind, there should always be room for those that wear their heart on their sleeves and stand up to be counted!
"Determined, single-minded and passionate."