March 26, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head football coach Dave Christensen announced on Friday the hiring of Rick Mallory as Wyoming's new Director of Football Operations. Mallory brings with him 17 years experience as a college coach.
The last 10 seasons (2000-09), he was the offensive line coach at the University of Memphis. Prior to that, he began his college coaching career at his alma mater, the University of Washington. He was a graduate assistant coach in 1992. He became a full-time assistant in `93, coaching the tight ends and special teams from 1993-98.
"Rick and I played together at the University of Washington in the early 80s," said Christensen. "After his college career, he played in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He returned to Washington to begin his college coaching career, and he's spent the last several years coaching at the University of Memphis.
"It's great to have someone with his experience level join our staff. Rick is very familiar with the structure of the program we've implemented here, having played and coached at Washington. I've known him for almost 30 years, and he will be a huge asset to our staff."
"This is a great opportunity for me to see a different side of football," said Mallory. "I have been involved with the game as both a coach and a player, but now I will be involved in the administrative areas of how a college football program is run.
"I have really enjoyed the people I've met in the brief time I've been here in Wyoming. I am working for a great guy in Dave (Christensen), who was a former teammate of mine at the University of Washington. I know the passion that Dave has for doing things the right way. I'm excited to be in a program that follows the same principles that we played in at Washington, which is a system I know very well and believe in. I can't tell you how happy I am to have this opportunity for me and my family."
Mallory was a three-year letterman at Washington from 1981-83. As a freshman and sophomore, he played tight end. His junior year, Mallory was converted to offensive guard, and he went on to earn All-Pacific 10 Conference honors his senior season of 1983. He also earned All-West Coast honors in `83, and served as a team captain as a senior. He lettered on the 1981 Husky squad that defeated Iowa, 28-0, in the Rose Bowl.
Following his college playing career, the Tampa Bay Bucaneers selected Mallory in the ninth round of the 1984 NFL Draft. He played for the Buccaneers for five seasons from 1984-88.
Mallory is 49 years old (born Oct. 21, 1960). He and his wife Shannon have three grown sons: Ryan, Adam and Cameron; and two daughters, Naomi and Fiona. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Washington in 1983.
He takes over for former UW Director of Football Operations Jason Petrino, who recently accepted the defensive coordinator position at Winona State University, an NCAA Division II school in Winona, Minn.