Mike Mallory Retained As Defensive Coordinator

Ron Zook's choice for Defensive Coordinator is a name that Illinois fans are used to, Mike Mallory. Mallory has been coaching at Illinois since the 2001 season when he was Illinois' secondary & safeties coach. Mallory was Illinois' Defensive Coordinator last season.

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CHAMPAIGN, IL — University of Illinois head football coach Ron Zook has now solidified both coordinator positions for the upcoming year with the hiring announcement of Mike Mallory as defensive coordinator, a position he held at Illinois during the 2004 season.

"I am very excited to retain Mike (Mallory)," head coach Ron Zook said. "When watching the Illini team from a year ago, I saw a young defense that made steady improvement each week. He is incredibly respected, not only by our current players, but in the coaching community as well. He comes from a great coaching family. I am thrilled to have on our staff two sons of the man (Bill Mallory) I played for and who led me into this profession."

In 2004, Mallory completed his fourth year on the Illinois staff and his first at the squad's defensive coordinator. He led a defense that showed improvement with four freshman starters in the lineup, two of which — S Justin Harrison and DT Chris Norwell — were named freshmen All-Americans by The Sporting News. Mallory came to Illinois in 2001 and led a safeties unit that had two All-Big Ten selections. Bobby Jackson and Muhammad Abdullah combined for five interceptions, 20 passes broken up, 10 tackles for loss and three sacks en route to helping the Illini to the outright 2001 Big Ten title.

Mallory's stint as a defensive coordinator is the third of his career. He directed the defense at Northern Illinois from 1996-99 and at Rhode Island from 1993-95. Immediately prior to joining the Illini, Mallory spent one season at Maryland as the inside linebackers coach (while new Illini offensive coordinator Mike Locksley was the running backs coach).

Mallory, son of former Indiana, Colorado, Northern Illinois and Miami (OH) head coach Bill Mallory, was a four-year letterwinner at the University of Michigan where he was also a two-year captain, 1984 team MVP and 1985 Butkus Award finalist. He graduated from Michigan in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in sport administration. Mallory and his wife, Kim, have a daughter, Kathryn and a son, William Michael.

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