Rising Star: Michael Molony

MIchael Molony in detail

Age: 32.

Job title/occupation/place of employment: Vice president Managed Solutions Group. Head boys basketball coach Beckman Catholic High School.

Volunteer activities:

  • 100+ Men Who Care Tri-States.
  • Boy Scouts Friends of Scouting and Golf Outing Committee.
  • Dubuque Bank & Trust Community Development Board.
  • Ancient Order of the Hibernians Dyersville Chapter.

Education: Bachelor of Business Administration from the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa in finance and economics. Certificate of Risk Management and Insurance from the Vaughn Institute at the Tippie College of Business.

Family: Wife, Whitney; children, Michael, Scotlyn.

Person most inspirational to me and why: My entire family has had an immense impact on me. My mom was one of 11. My love of sports is from my Grandpa Jim Molony.

Favorite thing to do outside of work: Family/sports.

One word to describe me: Resourceful.

What’s one thing that most people would be surprised to know about you: I love playing board games and my wife hates to play with me.

Greatest fear: Not providing the resources/training available for the team to “Find a way.”

What’s the one thing you are most passionate about in your life: Uplifting those around me by filling my role within a team. Common goals apply to sports and in business: We compete but knowing what leadership is needed to reach a win or achieve A+ customer service is always the main objective. This just continues to bring confidence to your team.

Michael Molony, Managed Solutions Group

Michael Molony, of Managed Solutions Group, has been a basketball coach for a decade, with his sixth season as head basketball coach at Beckman Catholic High School in Dyersville, Iowa, approaching.

“I really enjoy doing it. I loved my time in high school, especially playing basketball with some of my best friends. I wanted to give that experience back to the kids,” he said.

Managed Solution, based in Dubuque, is an IT services and consulting business that began in 1991.

“Michael as directly help Managed Solutions grow in areas that we or I probably never would have in the past. He has brought new vendors and partners to the table with new IT solutions that we offer our customers,” said Mike Molony, president and CEO.

Sheila Siegert, of Managed Solutions Group, nominated Molony for the Rising Stars award and said in her nomination letter that he has created a positive, family atmosphere for the young athletes.

“Michael has been a role model over the years and assisted many players with the next chapters of their lives, many times writing scholarship recommendations, being a career reference and mentoring along the way,” she wrote.

Coaching, Molony said, is one of the most rewarding things he does outside of watching his children grow up.

“We’re taking people who aren’t quite experienced in the whole big picture of the world. They’ve grown up in our area … (and we’re) helping them each find an ability you didn’t think you could do.”

Molony also is involved with youth basketball camps, which he said helps his future team from a competitive standpoint. It also helps to build relationships with the children and parents.

His other volunteer work includes the Boy Scouts annual golf fundraiser

“It’s the same thing as coaching basketball, I’m just doing that in a different setting. It’s about raising money and really about getting awareness on the cause,” Molony said.

The activities Molony is involved enrich “our whole community,” he said. But he wouldn’t be able to do any of it without his family.