Zook Adds Curt Mallory to Coaching Staff

University of Illinois head football coach Ron Zook added his sixth assistant to the staff Tuesday morning with the hiring of former Indiana safeties coach Curt Mallory. Mallory joins the five assistants previously announced — Dan Disch, Larry Fedora, Reggie Mitchell, Tommy Thigpen and Joe Wickline.

Story courtesy the University of Illinois
Champaign, IL - "I am very excited about Curt (Mallory) joining our staff," Zook said. "Curt comes from a tradition-rich coaching family and the Mallory name is synonymous with great people and great coaches. Coach (Bill) Mallory was so instrumental in my career and the work ethic and coaching philosophy he taught me are also qualities that make Curt such a strong addition."

Mallory comes to Illinois with 12 years of collegiate coaching experience. He just completed his third season at Indiana University where he served as secondary coach for the Hoosiers. During that time, safety Herana-Daze Jones earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2004 and was an honorable mention selection in 2003. His secondary in 2002 ranked 33rd nationally in pass defense. Prior to joining the Hoosier staff, Mallory coached the defensive backs at Central Michigan in 2001 and at Ball State in 2000. He was the linebackers coach at Ball State for four seasons from 1995-99, when the defense ranked among the top three in the Mid-American Conference in four of the five years. In 1995 and 1996 the Ball State teams posted winning records, which led to a berth in the 1996 Las Vegas Bowl.

Mallory was a two-year letterwinner (1989-90) at the University of Michigan, and was a part of five Big Ten Championships teams (four as a player, one as a student assistant in 1992). In 1989, the Wolverines posted a 10-2 record and earned a trip to the Rose Bowl. The 1990 team defeated Mississippi in the Gator Bowl, a game in which Mallory recorded a key interception. He earned his bachelor's degree in sport management/communications from UM in 1992 and earned a master's degree from Indiana University in 1999. Mallory and his wife, Lori, have two sons, James and Sam.

2002-04 Indiana University (safeties)
2001 Central Michigan (secondary)
2000 Ball State (secondary)
1995-99 Ball State (linebackers)
1993-94 Indiana University (graduate assistant)
1992 University of Michigan (student assistant)

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