Monday, January 23, 2017 | Valley Football
Mallory Named ISU Football Coach

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Wyoming assistant coach Curt Mallory has been named the 21st head coach in the history of Indiana State Football, Director of Athletics Sherard Clinkscales announced Monday afternoon.

Mallory, a 22-year veteran as an assistant coach in the college ranks, takes the reins of the Sycamore Football program following the departure of four-year head coach Mike Sanford to Western Kentucky. This is Mallory’s first head coaching opportunity.

“Curt Mallory is a grinder who has coaching in his DNA,” Clinkscales said. “His dedication to developing young men into leaders on the field and in life has been a core piece of his coaching philosophy throughout his career. He will raise the competitive bar and hold all accountable to that end. He is the right person at the right time to lead this program into becoming a nationally recognized school. I am excited to welcome Curt, his wife, Lori, and his three children into the Sycamore family.”

Mallory is part of one of the more prominent football families in the United States, as he is the son of Indiana University’s all-time winningest head coach Bill Mallory, who coached the Hoosiers from 1984-96. Bill Mallory was also the head coach at Miami of Ohio (1969-73), Colorado (1974-78) and Northern Illinois (1980-83) over an illustrious 27-year coaching career. Mallory also has two brothers in the NFL coaching ranks: Doug, the defensive backs coach for the Atlanta Falcons, and Mike, a special teams coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“I’m extremely excited to be coming back home to the state of Indiana to become part of the Indiana State University family,” Mallory said. “I would like to thank President Dan Bradley, Sherard Clinkscales and the whole administration at Indiana State for this great honor. This University and the city of Terre Haute are very intriguing to me as a coach, as there is a lot of potential to build a strong football program here. Most of all, it feels amazing to be back in this great state again and work alongside all the wonderful people I know throughout the state.”

Most recently, Mallory has been the pass defense coordinator and secondary coach under former North Dakota State head coach Craig Bohl at the University of Wyoming in 2015 and 2016. There, Mallory mentored 2016 Thorpe Award semifinalist Andrew Wingard, who was a First-Team All-Conference honoree as a sophomore. The previous year in 2015, Mallory helped Wingard and Marcus Epps to nods as Honorable Mention All-Americans.

Mallory spent the previous four seasons at his alma mater, the University of Michigan, as a secondary coach under Brady Hoke. There, he worked with several superb defenses, including the seventh-best in the FBS his final year in 2014 that only allowed 311.3 YPG. That same year, Michigan ranked 15th in rushing defense (117.7 YPG), tied for 19th in passing defense (193.7 YPG) and 27th in scoring defense (22.4 PPG).

The Wolverine secondary also finished top-15 in the nation in pass defense in both 2011 and 2012. The 2011 defense was an especially impressive feat that first season, as they jumped from 107th in scoring defense in 2010 to sixth nationally in 2011.

In Ann Arbor, Mallory had the opportunity to coach current Jacksonville Jaguars safety Jarrod Wilson, as well as help recruit and coach 2016 Heisman Trophy finalist and projected top 2017 NFL Draft pick Jabrill Peppers during his freshman season in 2014.

Mallory was the defensive coordinator at Akron for the 2010 season, and before that he spent five successful seasons at the University of Illinois from 2005-09 under head coach Ron Zook (now the special teams coordinator of the Green Bay Packers). Mallory’s first two seasons in 2005 and 2006 were spent as the secondary coach, and his final three years he was promoted to co-defensive coordinator.

At Illinois, Mallory was instrumental in one of the best teams in Illini history in the 2007 Rose Bowl team. That year, Mallory’s Illini defense held opponents to under 20 points per game en route to a 9-4 finish. Illinois also ranked second in the Big Ten in passing defense (182.2 YPG) in 2006 and led the Big Ten in sacks and tackles for loss in 2008. Mallory’s 2006 secondary only allowed 11 passing touchdowns and 6.5 yards per pass attempt all season.

At Illinois, Mallory’s prized pupil was All-American Vontae Davis, who was a two-time Thorpe Award semifinalist and a 2009 First-Round NFL Draft Pick of the Miami Dolphins. Davis has been a two-time Pro Bowl selection during his NFL career and has been a member of the Indianapolis Colts since 2012.

Other notable pupils at Illinois include current Detroit Lions safety Tavon Wilson, a 2012 Second Round pick of the New England Patriots and a member of New England’s Super Bowl XLIX champion team, and Jeremy “J” Leman, a 2007 All-American linebacker for the Illini Rose Bowl team and current Big Ten Network color analyst.

Mallory spent the previous three seasons at Indiana as a secondary coach from 2002-04, which was preceded by one year as the secondary coach at Central Michigan in 2001 and six seasons at Ball State from 1995-2000 in charge of both the linebackers and secondary. Mallory was on staff for Ball State’s 1996 team that went to the Las Vegas Bowl.

His coaching career began as a student assistant at Michigan in 1992, followed by two years as a graduate assistant under his father at Indiana in 1993-94.

Mallory was a four-year player at the University of Michigan from 1988-91 under legendary head coach Bo Schembechler his first two seasons, followed by Gary Moeller his last two. Mallory was on four Wolverine teams that won a Big Ten title, including three teams that went to a Rose Bowl. His freshman season in 1988 he was on a Rose Bowl champion team that finished the season ranked No. 4 nationally after defeating USC. Mallory capped off his Wolverine career with an interception in Michigan’s 35-3 win over Ole Miss in the 1991 Gator Bowl. Longtime Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr, who led the Wolverines to a national title in 1997, was Mallory’s defensive coordinator during his playing career.

Mallory earned his bachelor’s in sport management and communication from the University of Michigan in 1992, and he finished his master’s in outdoor recreation at Indiana University in 1999. Mallory and his wife, Lori, have three children: sons James and Sam, and a daughter, Margo.

A press conference introducing Mallory as head coach will be held on Wed., Jan. 25, at 11:30 a.m. on the campus of Indiana State University inside Dede I. Fans can watch a live stream of the press conference on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube on the official Indiana State Athletics accounts on each platform.


Curt Mallory Coaching Career

1992 – Michigan (Student Assistant, Linebackers)

1993-94 – Indiana (Graduate Assistant, Linebackers (1993) and Secondary (1994))

1995-99 – Ball State (Linebackers)

2000 – Ball State (Secondary)

2001 – Central Michigan (Secondary)

2002-04 – Indiana (Secondary)

2005-06 – Illinois (Secondary)

2007-09 – Illinois (Co-Defensive Coordinator)

2010 – Akron (Defensive Coordinator)

2011-14 – Michigan (Secondary)

2015-16 – Wyoming (Pass Defense Coordinator/Secondary)

2017-Present – Indiana State (Head Coach)


Curt Mallory Playing Career (Michigan, 1988-91)

- Played under Bo Schembechler (1988-89) and Gary Moeller (1990-91)

- Four-year linebacker; earned two letters

- Was member of four Big Ten title teams that went to three Rose Bowls

- On 1988 Michigan team that finished No. 4 nationally after defeating USC in Rose Bowl

- Had interception in 35-3 victory over Ole Miss in final game of career in 1991 Gator Bowl

- Graduated in 1992 with a bachelor’s in sport management and communication




Craig Bohl

Wyoming Head Coach (2014-Present)

Former North Dakota State Head Coach (2003-13)

“We want to congratulate Curt and his wife Lori as they open a new chapter in their lives and in Curt’s coaching career as he becomes the head coach at Indiana State. Curt’s efforts in his two years at Wyoming were greatly appreciated and had a significant impact on our program as we benefitted both from his coaching and his recruiting abilities. Curt is a well-experienced coach, who has a great understanding of players from the Midwest. He’ll be a great fit at Indiana State, and he will make them competitive in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.”


Lloyd Carr

Former Michigan Head Coach (1995-2007)

“Curt Mallory is an outstanding choice as head football coach at Indiana State University. He is a man of integrity who will be a great representative of the University and a coach who will be a great role model for his players. ISU will be successful on and off the field of play.”


Gerry DiNardo

Big Ten Network Analyst

Former Vanderbilt Head Coach (1991-94)

Former LSU Head Coach (1995-99)

Former Indiana Head Coach (2002-04)

“From the first time I met and worked with Curt it was clear he was destined to be a head coach. His character, knowledge, passion and love for the game make him a very special coach. Often times when picking a head coach people always talk about ‘the fit.’ Well, Indiana State got the perfect fit in Curt Mallory. I’d also like to congratulate the Indiana high school coaches because one of your own is coming back.”


Don Fischer

Radio Voice of the Indiana Hoosiers

“The Mallory family is one of the great football families in all of the United States. I don’t know of any family more involved in the sport throughout their whole lives. All the Mallory boys not only played but have coached the game and are still coaching at a high level. Bill is still the best coach in Indiana University history. His 13 years here we went to six bowl games, and IU hasn’t come close since and didn’t go again until 2007; the struggle has been mighty since then. We’ve had a couple of other great football families pass through here, like Terry Hoeppner and Bill Lynch, whose families are as engrossed as the Mallorys. Without a doubt, Bill Mallory is one of the most respected coaches in the country, and he was revered by all of us who worked with him here. His sons are all class people, and I am still very close with Bill, his wife and the entire family. Every time I went to Michigan while Curt was there it was like seeing an old friend. Curt is a terrific person and coach; the people are going to love him at ISU. I’ve watched Indiana State from afar since I worked there because I loved my time at WVOW; I just had a ball in Terre Haute. I still follow ISU closely, and I still believe it can take off. I’m also very close to Trent Miles, who I think started to turn this program around, and Mike Sanford kept some of that success going too. I know a little about Indiana State Football and the background of the people that live there, and I’m really excited for Curt and his family for this opportunity.”


Brady Hoke

Former Michigan Head Coach (2011-14)

“Curt Mallory is a man of unbelievable character and integrity. He is a great teacher and role model for the young men that he has had the privilege to coach. The high school coaches in the state of Indiana have a coach at Indiana State that will be passionate about the relationships Curt and his staff will have with them. The University, the alumni, the fans and the players will be proud to have Curt Mallory as their head football coach.”


Jordan Kovacs – Safety, University of Michigan (2008-12)

Five-year NFL Veteran

2009 Freshman All-American

Three-time All-Big Ten

“I had the privilege of playing under Coach Mallory for two years at Michigan. He is undoubtedly one of the best guys I’ve come across in the football world. His enthusiasm and passion for the game is unrivaled and is why he’ll make a great head coach. Good luck, Coach Mal!”


Jeremy “J” Leman – Linebacker, University of Illinois (2003-07)

Big Ten Network Analyst

2007 All-American

Four-year NFL Veteran

“Competitor and character; those are the words that come to mind when I think about Curt Mallory. He loves to compete at the highest levels and demands the same from his players, yet knows that the foundation of any program is the character and integrity of its staff and players. He will make Indiana State proud on and off the field.”


Bill Lynch

DePauw Head Coach (2013-Present)

Former Butler Head Coach (1985-89)

Former Ball State Head Coach (1995-2002)

Former Indiana Head Coach (2007-10)

“Curt Mallory is an outstanding football coach and a tremendous leader of young men. His energy and passion for the game of football is contagious. Curt is a proven recruiter and will represent Indiana State University in a first-class manner.”


Bill Mallory

Father, Former Indiana Head Coach (1984-96)

“My wife and I are coming up to the press conference on Wednesday and are very excited for him. Curt had called me to say a job had opened at Indiana State, and I told him I thought it’s a great move for him. I’ve always had great respect for ISU like Curt does, and he’s very excited to have the opportunity to be the head football coach. We moved to Bloomington when he was in middle school, he played football at Bloomington South, he went onto play at Michigan but then came back with me as a graduate assistant, so he has always had a warm sport for the state of Indiana and football. The key, without question, is recruiting the state of Indiana and making it a hub – which he will do. He will do a thorough job of that in the state, as he has great respect for the football in the state and the coaches, and that is so important to getting those players. Curt is a great people person and he cares about his players. He’s not a person up on a pedestal or with an ego. He’s very caring, and I say that with all sincerity. He’s a down-to-earth and caring individual with passion for the game. Most important to him are the people involved; it’s like a family to him. I know he’ll make people understand that they’re important, and together they’ll work to make the program succeed. He has a lot of good positives there that will be good for Indiana State. He’s anxious to surround himself with a good quality staff to make this program succeed.”


Mike Mallory

Brother, Jacksonville Jaguars Special Teams Coach

“I’m thrilled for Curt. He is well-prepared to lead the Indiana State Football program. His passion and attention to detail will serve the Sycamores well.”


Tavon Wilson – Safety, University of Illinois (2008-11)

2012 Second Round NFL Draft Pick (New England Patriots, Pick 48)

Detroit Lions Safety (2016-Present)

New England Patriots Safety (2012-15)

Super Bowl XLIX Champion (New England Patriots)

“Coach Mallory is so deserving of this opportunity to become the next head coach at Indiana State University. Ever since I stepped foot onto campus at the University of Illinois, Coach Mal took me under his wing. He taught me so much about the game of football, and I credit him for believing in me to become a versatile defensive back. He trusted me as a leader at multiple positions, which has been very beneficial throughout my NFL journey. Coach Mal also helped develop me into the man I am today. He was my father figure throughout college, and I know that he will be able to help turn ISU into the next great program of young men and student-athletes.”


Ron Zook

Green Bay Packers Special Teams Coordinator (2014-Present)

Former Florida Head Coach (2002-04)

Former Illinois Head Coach (2005-11)

“Curt comes from a great football family. I played for his father, who was a man of integrity. Curt is a great coach, he cares about his players and will be a great ambassador for the University.”