A member of one of the most respected coaching families in college football, Mike Mallory begins his fifth season at Illinois and second as the Illini defensive coordinator.
Mallory began coaching the linebackers in 2003 after spending the previous two years with the safeties. The move was a natural one, giving him a chance to work with the position that earned him All-America honors as a player at Michigan. In 2003, he coached middle linebacker Matt Sinclair to honorable mention All-Big Ten honors.
During his first two years at Illinois, Mallory was responsible for the tutelage of the safeties. In 2001, Mallory worked with the senior safety duo of Bobby Jackson and Muhammad Abdullah, who both earned All-Big Ten honors. Jackson and Abdullah responded to a new defensive scheme that allowed them to challenge the run (10 TFL and three sacks combined) and drop back in pass coverage (5 interceptions and 20 passes broken up).
Mallory, son of former Indiana, Colorado, Northern Illinois and Miami (OH) head coach Bill Mallory, came to Illinois following one season as linebackers coach with the Maryland Terrapins. Prior to his stint at Maryland, Mallory was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Northern Illinois. In 1999, he guided the Huskies to a 5-6 record, their best since 1992, while posting the Mid-American Conference's third-best pass efficiency defense.
In addition to defensive coordinator experience at NIU, Mallory also held the same position at the University of Rhode Island from 1993-95. With 19 years of experience in college coaching, Mallory began his career as a graduate assistant at Indiana in 1986-87 assisting in the Hoosiers back-to-back bowl appearances. He then went on to Kent State where he was the linebackers and defensive line coach for three seasons. In 1991, Mallory became the linebackers coach at Eastern Illinois.
Mallory was a four-year letterwinner at linebacker for the University of Michigan from 1982-85, where he played in four bowl games including the 1983 Rose Bowl and 1986 Fiesta Bowl. He was also a two-year captain, the 1984 team MVP and 1985 Butkus Award finalist. He graduated from Michigan in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in sports administration and began pursuing graduate work in sports management at Indiana University in 1986-87.
Mallory is a graduate of Delkalb High School in Illinois, where he was an all-state performer in 1980. Mallory and his wife, Kim, have a daughter, Kathryn and a son, William Michael.
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