Curt Mallory
Curt Mallory

Defensive Backs Coach

Fifth Season--2009

Alma Mater:

The Mallory File
2007- University of Illinois (co-defensive coordinator/defensive secondary)
2005-06 University of Illinois (defensive secondary)
2002-04 Indiana University (defensive secondary)
2001 Central Michigan University (defensive secondary)
2000 Ball State University (defensive secondary)
1995-99 Ball State University (linebackers)
1993-94 Indiana University (graduate assistant)
1992 University of Michigan (student assistant)
Home Town: Bloomington, Ind.
Birthdate: May 9,1969
Family Wife: Lori; Sons, James, Sam; Daughter, Margo
Education: B.S., Sports Management/Communications -- Michigan, 1992; M.S., Outdoor Recreation -- Indiana, 1999
Playing Experience: Michigan, 1989-90
Bowl Games: Rose Bowl, 2008; Las Vegas Bowl, 1996; Independence Bowl, 1993; Rose Bowl, 1993; Gator Bowl, 1991 (player); Rose Bowl, 1990 (player)

"He's a great, great person. Anything you need, anytime you ask him for something, anytime you need help, he's there for you. And he's a great coach - the best coach I had in college. We were good friends, and we'll stay friends for the rest of our lives."

- Denver Broncos defensive back Herana-Daze Jones

THE MALLORY FAMILY: Lori, Margo, Sam, James and Curt

Curt Mallory has completed his fourth season with the Illini and his second as the co-defensive coordinator along with Dan Disch. For the past four seasons, Mallory has directed the Illinois secondary to drastic improvement. Mallory, who finished his 15th year of collegiate coaching, tutored a defensive backfield that featured All-American cornerback Vontae Davis.

In 2008, the Illinois defense stopped held opponents to just 350 yards per game and led the Big Ten in sacks and tackles for loss per game. Mallory's secondary shone behind veteran corner Vontae Davis. Davis earned All-American and first-team All-Big Ten honors, while finishing second on the team in tackles.

Under Mallory's tutelage in 2007, the Illini defense allowed fewer than 20 points per game and forced more turnovers than in 2006. In addition, Mallory guided an Illini secondary led by safety Kevin Mitchell and Thorpe Award semifinalist Vontae Davis. Both were among the Big Ten's top defensive backs in interceptions and passes defended. Davis also earned first-team All-Big Ten honors.

In 2006, Mallory helped lead an improved defensive secondary which featured honorable mention All-Big Ten selection Alan Ball and true-freshman Vontae Davis, who earned Freshman All-America honors from three different media outlets, at the cornerback position.

As a unit, the defensive backs allowed 182.2 yards passing per game, which ranked second just behind Wisconsin in the Big Ten. That number was an improvement of over 53 yards from Illinois' 2005 per game average. Opponent quarterbacks averaged only 6.5 yards per pass attempt and scored just 11 touchdowns through the air on the Illini in 12 games, less than one per contest.

Ball finished the year with 11 passes broken up, which ranked third in the Big Ten and put him on Illinois' singleseason (5th) and career (8th) list. He also was selected in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL Draft, by the Dallas Cowboys.

In 2004, Mallory completed his third season at Indiana University, where he served as secondary coach for the Hoosiers. During that time, safety Herana-Daze Jones earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2004 and was an honorable mention selection in 2003. He also coached strong safety Will Meyers to freshman All-America honors by the Sporting News. His secondary in 2002 ranked 33rd nationally in pass defense.

Prior to joining the Hoosier staff, Mallory coached the defensive backs at Central Michigan in 2001 and at Ball State in 2000. He was the linebackers coach at Ball State for four seasons from 1995-99, when the defense ranked among the top three in the Mid-American Conference in four of the five years. In 1995 and 1996 the Ball State teams posted winning records, earning a berth in the 1996 Las Vegas Bowl.

Mallory began his career as a student assistant at his alma mater, Michigan, in 1992, but then coached under his father, the legendary Bill Mallory, as a graduate assistant at Indiana 1993-94. During his first stint as a Hoosier, he gained experience working with both the linebackers and defensive backs on two Indiana squads posting winning records.

Mallory was a two-year letterwinner (1989-90) at the University of Michigan and was part of five Big Ten Championship teams (four as a player, one as a student assistant in 1992). In 1989, the Wolverines posted a 10-2 record and earned a trip to the Rose Bowl. The 1990 team defeated Mississippi in the Gator Bowl, a game in which Mallory recorded a key interception.

He earned his bachelor's degree in sport management/communications from UM in 1992, and earned a master's degree in outdoor recreation from Indiana University in 1999.

Mallory and his wife, Lori, have two sons, James and Sam, and a daughter, Margo.

What They're Saying About Mallory...

"Coach Mallory is a family guy who is very dedicated to football. He works harder than anybody else. He tries to relate to players and what they need. He's a solid guy. I consider him a good friend and someone I could call if I ever needed anything."

- Former Indiana tight end and current Miami Dolphin Aaron Halterman
"He's a great, great person. Anything you need, anytime you ask him for something, anytime you need help, he's there for you. And he's a great coach - the best coach I had in college. We were good friends, and we'll stay friends for the rest of our lives."

- Former Indiana and current Cincinnati Bengal defensive back Herana-Daze Jones
"Coach Mallory was my boy! He is such a loyal coach, a players' coach. He's not uptight when he coaches. There was a lot of trust between us, on and off the field. I would say we have a real strong relationship. Coach Mal is one of my all-time favorite coaches."

- Former Illinois and current Dallas Cowboys defensive back Alan Ball

(updated 5/09)