Malsam named to IHSAA Officials Hall of Fame
DES MOINES — The IHSAA has honored game officials through the Officials Hall of Fame since 1971. Joining this year’s Hall of Fame class is Jenni Malsam.
A national leader for female officials across both the IHSAA and IGHSAU, Malsam has been a registered boys and girls basketball official and volleyball official since 1979. She has also officiated soccer for both organizations since 1997.
The Kingsley native has served as a member of the IHSAA officials advisory committee and has been respected as an evaluator and assignor in northwest Iowa. Her tenure includes five years on the NFHS Officials Association board and sitting as president in 1999, both times being the first woman to serve in either capacity. Her national contributions also include the NFHS Hall of Fame committee, and the NFOA officials’ publication and education committees. In 2002-03, she was selected as NFOA national official contributor of the year.
Malsam and her husband Joe live in Sioux City and they have four children – John (Casey), Katie (Ryan), Joe (Katie), and Annie – and six grandchildren.