LARAMIE, Wyo. - University of Wyoming head football coach Craig Bohl officially announced on Thursday the hiring of Curt Mallory as Secondary Coach and Passing Game Coordinator for the Cowboy defense. Mallory comes to Wyoming from his alma mater, the University of Michigan, where he has coached the Wolverine secondary the past four seasons. Mallory brings with him 23 years of college coaching experience.
"Coach (Curt) Mallory's level of experience is very impressive," said Bohl. "He has coached the secondary at a number of Division I programs, including Michigan, Illinois and Indiana, and has been very successful. He is excited about coming to this part of the country, and we're looking forward to welcoming him to the Cowboy football program."
"My family and I are extremely excited to come to Wyoming and be part of the Wyoming football family," said Mallory. "As a coach, I can't wait to be part of Coach Bohl's staff, and to help build a championship program for the University of Wyoming."
Mallory coached the Michigan secondary from 2011-14. In 2014, the Wolverine defense ranked No. 7 in the nation in total defense, allowing only 311.3 yards per game. Michigan also ranked 15th in rushing defense (117.7 yards per game), 20th in pass defense (193.7 yards per game) and 28th in scoring defense (22.4 points per game).
During his time in Ann Arbor, he coached Michigan defenses that ranked in the Top 15 in the NCAA in pass defense in 2011 and 2012. Four Wolverine secondary members earned All-Big Ten honors from 2011-13. The Wolverines defeated Virginia Tech in the Allstate Sugar Bowl to conclude the 2011 season and posted an 11-2 record. They appeared in the Outback Bowl at the conclusion of the 2012 season and the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in 2013. Mallory was also involved in working with all aspects of Michigan's special teams.
Prior to his four-years at Michigan, Mallory was the defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach at the University of Akron for the 2010 season. He also assisted with the special teams at Akron
For five seasons from 2005-09, Mallory coached at the University of Illinois where he was the defensive secondary coach the first two seasons (2005-06) and was elevated to co-defensive coordinator for his final three seasons from 2007-09. The Illini earned a spot in the Rose Bowl versus USC following the 2007 season. His Illinois defense led the Big Ten in sacks and tackles for loss in 2008. In 2007 on way to the Rose Bowl, the Illini held opponents to under 20 points per game, and in 2006 his secondary ranked second in the Big Ten in fewest passing yards allowed (182.2 yards per game). The `06 secondary also limited opponents to only 11 passing touchdowns on the season and only 6.5 yards per pass attempt. He coached Illinois cornerback Vontae Davis, who earned All-America honors and was a two-time semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award given to the top defensive back in the nation each season.
His five years at Illinois were preceded by three seasons as the secondary coach at another Big Ten school, Indiana University, from 2002-04. He spent the 2001 season as the secondary coach at Central Michigan. He earned his first full-time coaching position at Ball State in 1995, and coached there for the next six seasons, from 1995-2000. Mallory coached the linebackers his first five years at Ball State, and took over the secondary for his final season in 2000. The Cardinals most successful season during that span was 1996 when they earned a berth in the Las Vegas Bowl.
He began his coaching career as a student assistant at Michigan in 1992, and was part of a team that earned a Rose Bowl berth. He then worked for two seasons (1993-94) as a graduate assistant at Indiana for his father, Bill Mallory, who was the head coach of the Hoosiers. The `93 Indiana squad played in the Independence Bowl.
Over the span of his coaching career, Mallory has helped guide seven teams to bowl games.
Curt Mallory played linebacker at the University of Michigan from 1988-91, earning two letters. He played his first two seasons for legendary Michigan coach Bo Schembechler and his final two under Gary Moeller. The Wolverines won four consecutive Big Ten titles during that timespan, appeared in three Rose Bowls and one Gator Bowl and ended the 1988 season ranked No. 4 in the nation and defeated USC, 22-14, in the Rose Bowl.
Part of a football familey, his father, Bill Mallory, was an NCAA Division I head coach for 27 seasons from 1969-96. He was the head coach at Miami of Ohio (1969-73), Colorado (1974-78), Northern Illinois (1980-83) and spent the final 13 seasons of his career at Indiana (1984-96). Curt's two brothers, Mike and Doug, also both played at Michigan and are in the coaching profession. Mike is the special teams coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL, and Doug was most recently the defensive coordinator at Indiana University.
Born May 9, 1969, Curt Mallory earned his bachelor's degree in sport management and communications from Michigan in 1992, and completed his master's degree in outdoor recreation at Indiana in 1999. Mallory and his wife, Lori, have three children -- sons James and Sam and daughter Margo.