"Mike is a great addition to our staff," said Kragthorpe. "He has tremendous experience and is a proven coach on the field, and is an excellent recruiter. I feel extremely fortunate to add a coach with Mike's credentials to our staff."
Prior coaching at Kansas with Mark Mangino, Mallory spent five seasons as an assistant at Illinois, including two years as the team's defensive coordinator. He coached two seasons with current U of L defensive coordinator Mike Cassity.
Mallory started coaching the Illinois linebackers in 2003 after spending the previous two years with the safeties. The move was a natural one, affording him the opportunity to work with the position that earned him All-America honors as a player at Michigan.
During his first two years at Illinois, Mallory oversaw the team's safeties. In 2001, he worked with the senior safety duo of Bobby Jackson and Muhammad Abdullah, who both earned All-Big Ten honors.
Mallory, the son of former Indiana, Colorado, Northern Illinois and Miami (OH) head coach Bill Mallory, arrived at Illinois following one season as linebackers coach with the Maryland Terrapins. Prior to his stint at Maryland, Mallory was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Northern Illinois. In 1999, he helped guide the Huskies to a 5-6 record, their best since 1992, while posting the Mid-American Conference's third-best pass efficiency defense.
In addition to his defensive coordinator experience at NIU, Mallory also held the same position at Rhode Island from 1993-95. With 20 years of experience in collegiate coaching, Mallory began his career as a graduate assistant at Indiana in 1986, assisting in the Hoosiers back-to-back bowl appearances. He then went on to Kent State where he was the linebackers and defensive line coach for three seasons. In 1991, Mallory became the linebackers coach at Eastern Illinois.
Mallory was a four-year letterwinner and two-time All-Big Ten selection for Michigan where he participated in four bowl games including the 1983 Rose Bowl and 1986 Fiesta Bowl. He was also a two-year captain, the 1984 team MVP and a 1985 Butkus Award finalist. He graduated from Michigan in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in sports administration.
Mallory is a graduate of Delkalb (Ill.) High School, where he was an All-State performer in 1980.
Mallory and his wife, Kim, have a daughter, Kathryn, and a son, William Michael.