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Malley attended Santa Clara University, where he played on the football team, including on the 1950 Orange Bowl championship squad. He returned to his alma mater and became head coach for the 1959 season. Malley amassed a 141–100–4 record with only five losing seasons.
Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury-News credited Malley with a revival of football at Santa Clara after the school relegated its team to the Division II level. Purdy wrote, "Malley was the grandfather or uncle who looked after everyone. The men who played for him still talk of him today in reverent tones."
Malley died of cancer on May 18, 1985. The Pat Malley Fitness and Recreation Center opened on the Santa Clara campus in 1999 was named in his honor. His father, George L. Malley, played football at Santa Clara and coached the University of San Francisco football team. His son, Terry Malley, succeeded him as Santa Clara head coach.
- ↑ Pat Malley Records by Year, College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved August 26, 2010.
- ↑ San Jose Mercury-News, March 2006.
- ↑ Mobs of Chinese Riot After World Cup Loss, Los Angeles Times, May 20, 1985.
- ↑ SANTA CLARA'S FIRST FAMILY Three Generations of Malleys Have Handled the Broncos With Iron Reins, The Los Angeles Times, November 9, 1985.
- ↑ MURRAY, Anne, The San Francisco Chronicle, January 17, 2010.
Santa Clara’s Malley Exemplifies Courage - The NCAA News - October 10, 1983, Volume 20 Number 35