Al “Boomie” Malekoff, a name synonymous with Somerville High School, was football coach for 25 years at the “Ville” as well as baseball coach for 20 years. He acquired the post of Athletic Director at Somerville High School and was a member of the Athletic Director’s Executive Committee. His teams won the county and state championships and he also coached two baseball players that signed big league contracts.
“Boomie” was an All County, All State high school football player at South Side High School of Newark. He was Captain of the undefeated St. Benedict’s Prep School Football Championship team and played football, basketball and baseball while receiving All City, All County and All State recognition.
While serving in the Army for four years, “Boomie” also boxed. Upon entering Rutgers after WWII duty, “Boomie” gained four varsity letters in football, as well as the Maxwell Award and Honorable Mentions, All American. His other other awards are numerous and well deserved. He is a member of the Newark Hall of Fame, St. Benedict’s Hall of Fame, and was Head Coach of the 1981 South football team in the North/South High School All Star game played at Rutgers.
“Boomie” and his wife Jane reside in Somerville.