Curt Mallory
File:Curt Mallory (2012-09-15).jpg
Mallory at Michigan Stadium, September 2012
Current position
TitleDefensive secondary coach
ConferenceBig Ten
Biographical details
Born (1969-05-09) May 9, 1969 (age 52)
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Ball State (linebackers)
Ball State (secondary)
Central Michigan (secondary)
Indiana (secondary)
Illinois (secondary)
Illinois (co-def. coordinator)
Akron (def. coordinator)
Michigan (secondary)

Curt Mallory (born May 9, 1969) is an American football coach and former player. He has been a college football coach since 1995. He has held defensive coordinator positions at the University of Illinois and the University of Akron. He has been the defensive secondary coach at the University of Michigan since 2011. Mallory also played college football as a linebacker at Michigan from 1989 to 1990.

Early years

Mallory is the son of former Indiana Hoosiers football coach Bill Mallory. He played high school football at Bloomington South High School. He was a starter at linebacker starting with the last game of his freshman year at Bloomington South. Mallory's older brothers, Mike and Doug Mallory played college football at the University of Michigan. In February 1988, and despite having an offer to play for his father at Indiana, Mallory announced that, like his older brothers, he had committed to Michigan.[1][2][3]

Football player

Mallory played college football at Michigan under head coach Bo Schembechler in 1989 and under head coach Gary Moeller in 1990. The 1989 team compiled a 10-2 record, won the Big Ten championship, and lost to USC in the 1990 Rose Bowl. The 1990 team was the co-champion of the Big Ten. Mallory's final game for Michigan was the 1991 Gator Bowl, a 35-3 victory over Ole Miss in which Mallory had a key interception.[4] Mallory graduated from Michigan in 1992 with a bachelor of science degree in sport management and communications.[5]

Coaching career

Mallory's coaching career began with a stint as a student assistant on Gary Moeller's Michigan football staff in 1992. He next served as a graduate assistant on his father's football coaching staff at Indiana University during the 1993 and 1994 seasons.[6][5] Mallory received a master's degree in outdoor recreation from Indiana University in 1999.[5]

In March 1995, Bill Lynch, the incoming coach at Ball State, hired Mallory as his linebacker's coach. Lynch had previously served as an assistant coach under Mallory's father at Indiana.[6] From 1996 to 2000, Mallory was an assistant coach at Ball State under head coach Bill Lynch. He was Ball State's linebackers coach from 1996 to 1999 and the secondary coach in 2000.[7]

In January 2001, Mallroy resigned his position at Ball State to become the secondary coach at Central Michigan.[7]

In February 2002, Mallory was hired as the secondary coach at Indiana University under head coach Gerry DiNardo.[8][9] He remained in that position for three years through the 2004 season.[4] he was the position coach to Herana-Daze Jones at Indiana, and the team's pass defense ranked 33rd nationally in 2002.[10]

In December 2004, incoming head coach Ron Zook announced that he had rehired Mallory as the his defensive secondary coach at the University of Illinois.[11] While at Illinois, Mallory was the position coach for Vontae Davis and Thorpe Award finalist Kevin Mitchall.[5] He became the team's co-defensive coordinator in 2007 and was demoted after the 2009 season.[12][5]

In January 2010, Mallory was hired as the defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach at the University of Akron.[13][14][15]

In February 2011, Mallory was hired as the defensive secondary coach at Michigan.[16] In Mallory's first year in the position, Michigan went from being ranked 112th nationally in pass defense during the 2010 season to being ranked 16th in the nation in 2011.[4][17] Through the first ten games of the 2012 season, Mallory's second at Michigan, the team ranked first in the nation in pass defense, allowing only 149.2 yards per game (Nebraska ranked second nationally with 164.4 yards allowed per game).[18][19]

Mallory's older brother, Doug Mallory, is the assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator at Indiana.[20] Brother Mike Mallory is an assistant coach with the New Orleans Saints.


  1. "Curt Mallory passes Indiana to play football at Michigan". The Madison Courier (AP story). February 6, 1988.,5675503&dq=curt-mallory&hl=en.
  2. Adam Benson (October 26, 1989). "Family Ties: Mallory stars in reunion episode". The Michigan Daily.,3020174&dq=curt-mallory&hl=en.
  3. "Youngest Mallory Follows Brothers To Michigan". Times-Union (Warsaw, Indiana): p. 9. February 6, 1988.,1015274&dq=curt-mallory&hl=en.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Curt Mallory Profile". University of Michigan.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 "Curt Mallory Profile". University of Illinois. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Ball St. Football coach rounds out his staff". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. March 15, 1995.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Central Michigan hires Ball St. assistant Curt Mallory". The Madison Courier (Madison, Indiana). January 17, 2001.,1120530&dq=curt-mallory&hl=en.
  8. "DiNardo names nine of his Indiana assistants". The Madison Courier (Madison, Indiana): p. A7. February 14, 2002.,3157912&dq=curt-mallory+%26+ball-state&hl=en.
  9. Brad Bates (February 15, 2002). "CMU football loses two more coaches". Michigan life.
  10. "Zook Adds Curt Mallory to Coaching Staff". Illinois Scout. December 28, 2004.
  11. Lindsey Willhite (January 14, 2005). "Mallory rehired at Illinois". Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL).
  12. "Illinois coach heads to Akron". Peoria Journal Star. January 12, 2010.
  13. "Zips Hire Illinois Football Assistant, Curt Mallory Named Defensive Coordinator and Cornerbacks Coach". Akron Beacon Journal: p. CI. January 15, 2010.
  14. "Akron Football Names Curt Mallory Defensive Coordinator". Ohio College Football. January 14, 2010.
  15. Adam Rittenberg (January 12, 2010). "Illinois' Mallory leaves to lead Akron's D".
  16. "UM finalizes new football coaching staff". The Detroit News. February 7, 2011.
  17. Michael Rothstein (December 8, 2011). "Seconday gets most improved award: Analysis: Position coach provides answers for questionable unit entering season".
  18. "Sortable Team Stats: Passing Defense". Retrieved November 12, 2012.
  19. "Michigan's pass defense tied for tops in nation". Detroit Free Press. November 1, 2012.
  20. "Doug Mallory Profile". Indiana University.

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