Rick Mallory joined the Wyoming football staff as Director of Football Operations on March 25, 2010. Mallory brings 17 previous years of college coaching experience with him to Wyoming.
In his new role, he will be coordinating team travel, overseeing the day-to-day administrative operations of the Wyoming Football program and monitoring budgetary and compliance issues relating to Cowboy Football.
The previous 10 seasons (2000-09), Mallory was the offensive line coach at the University of Memphis. Memphis earned five bowl berths in those 10 seasons. The Tigers appeared in the 2003 New Orleans Bowl, 2004 GMAC Bowl, 2005 Motor City Bowl, 2007 New Orleans Bowl and 2008 St. Petersburg Bowl.
In 2009, Mallory's offensive line helped pave the way for senior running back Curtis Steele to earn First Team All-Conference USA honors and Honorable Mention All-America honors from SI.com. Steele ranked No. 7 in the NCAA in rushing and scoring in `09, averaging 123.9 yards per game and 9.6 points per game. Memphis ranked No. 3 in Conference USA in rushing offense in 2009, gaining an average of 158.8 yards per game on the ground. Mallory's `09 offensive line allowed an average of only 1.42 sacks per game to rank No. 35 in the NCAA.
The 2008 Tiger offense ranked 22nd in the nation in rushing offense and 26th in total offense, while ranking 21st in fewest sacks allowed. The year prior in `07, Memphis ranked No. 13 in the NCAA in passing offense, No. 23 in total offense and No. 10 in fewest sacks given up. From 2002-05, Mallory's offensive line unit blocked for running back DeAngelo Williams, who earned All-America honors in both 2004 and 2005. The 2005 Tiger offense ranked fifth in the nation in rushing offense, and in `04 ranked ninth in total offense. In four of his last six seasons at Memphis, Mallory's offensive line led Conference USA in fewest sacks allowed.
During his time at Memphis, he coached six First Team All-Conference USA offensive linemen, one Second Team selection, four Third Team honorees and five Conference USA All-Freshman team choices. In 2004, Mallory coached senior center Gene Frederic, who earned Honorable Mention All-America honors from SI.com. Frederic was also a candidate for the Rimington Trophy in both 2003 and 2004. The Rimington Trophy honors the nation's top collegiate center each year.
Prior to Memphis, Mallory began his college coaching career at his alma mater, the University of Washington. He coached at Washington for seven seasons, beginning as a graduate assistant coach in 1992. He became a full-time assistant in `93, coaching the tight ends and special teams from 1993-98. The Huskies earned five bowl berths over that seven-year period, including the: 1993 Rose Bowl (Jan. 1, 1993), 1995 Sun Bowl, 1996 Holiday Bowl, 1997 Aloha Bowl and 1998 Oahu Bowl. During his time at Washington, Mallory coached four Husky tight ends who went on to play in the NFL. Mark Bruener was the First Team All-Pacific 10 tight end in 1993 and `94, and earned All-America honors as a junior in `93. He ended his career as Washington's all-time leader in receptions by a tight end. Bruener was a First Round pick (the 27th overall pick) by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1995 NFL Draft. His rookie season, he started for the Steelers in the Super Bowl, and went on to play 13 seasons in the NFL. In 1995, Ernie Conwell earned First Team All-PAC 10 honors at tight end, making it three consecutive seasons that Mallory coached the First Team All-Conference tight end. Conwell was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the Second Round of the 1996 NFL Draft. Conwell played 11 seasons in the NFL, earning All-Pro honors in 2001. Two years later in 1997, Cameron Cleeland was named First Team All-PAC 10, and he was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the second round of the 1998 NFL Draft. Washington also had a second tight end drafted in `98. He was Jeremy Brigham, who was a fifth-round pick of the Oakland Raiders in that `98 NFL Draft.
Mallory was a three-year letterman at Washington from 1981-83. One of his teammates during that time was current Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen. As a freshman and sophomore, Mallory 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.