Hoke Hires Mallory, Montgomery to Fill Staff

ANN ARBOR - University of Michigan football coach Brady Hoke announced today (Monday, Feb. 7) the completion of his coaching staff with the hiring of Curt Mallory and Jerry Montgomery to defensive positions. Mallory will mentor the secondary and Montgomery will coach the defensive line.

"Curt and Jerry are exceptional teachers and will help our young men develop both on the football field and in the community," said Hoke. "They are a great fit for our defensive staff and will work very well with Greg (Mattison) and Mark (Smith). This group will work tirelessly to make the defensive effort what we expect at Michigan."

A Michigan alumnus, Mallory has spent the past four seasons as a defensive coordinator, serving this past season at Akron (2010) and the previous three at Illinois (2007-09). He was the defensive coordinator when the Illini went to the 2008 Rose Bowl, their first appearance since the 1984 game. Mallory has coached the secondary at Ball State (2000), Central Michigan (2001), Indiana (2002-04) and his two coordinator posts over the last 11 seasons. He spent five seasons as the linebackers coach at Ball State (1995-99). Mallory began his coaching career as a student assistant coach at Michigan (1992) and worked for his father, Bill, as a graduate assistant at Indiana from 1993-94.

Montgomery played his college football in the Big Ten, starting all four years along the defensive line at Iowa (1998-2001). He spent the 2002 season as a student assistant coach with the Hawkeyes before starting his full-time coaching career at Iowa City West High School (2003-04). Montgomery was the defensive coordinator at North Iowa Area C.C. in 2005. He accepted a graduate assistant coaching position at Northern Iowa in 2006 and was promoted to defensive line coach for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. Montgomery spent the past two seasons as the defensive line coach at Wyoming (2009-10).

Following are complete biographies on both individuals:

Secondary Coach

Curt Mallory returns to his alma mater in 2011 as the defensive secondary coach. A two-year letterwinner (1989-90) under Bo Schembechler and Gary Moeller, Mallory was part of five Big Ten Championship teams (1988-92). 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.

Mallory comes to Ann Arbor after spending one year as Akron's defensive coordinator. He was Illinois' co-defensive coordinator for three years (2007-09) and has 10 years of experience coaching the secondary at Illinois, Indiana, Central Michigan and Ball State.

At Illinois, Mallory helped coach a defense that held opponent to 350 yards per game in 2008 and led the Big Ten in sacks and tackles for loss per game. He mentored cornerback Vontae Davis, a two-time Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist, All-American and first-team All-Big Ten selection. He was the defensive coordinator when the Illini went to the 2008 Rose Bowl, their first appearance the 1984 game. The 2007 Illini squad allowed fewer than 20 points per game. In 2006, Mallory's defensive backs allowed 182.2 yards passing per game, which ranked second in the Big Ten. Opposing quarterbacks averaged only 6.5 yards per pass attempt and scored just 11 touchdowns through the air on the Illini in 12 games.

At Ball State, Mallory spent five seasons mentoring the linebackers (1995-99) and one with the secondary (2000). In 1995 and 1996, the Cardinals posted winning records, earning a berth in the 1996 Las Vegas Bowl.

Mallory began his career as a student assistant at Michigan, and then served as a graduate assistant for his father, Bill Mallory, at Indiana from 1993-94. Mallory earned his bachelor's degree in sport management and communications from U-M (1992), and a master's degree in outdoor recreation from Indiana (1999). He and his wife Lori have two sons, James and Sam, and one daughter, Margo.


Defensive Line Coach
Jerry Montgomery is in his first year as Michigan's defensive line coach. A defensive tackle at the University of Iowa (1998-2001), he returns to the Big Ten after serving the last four years as the defensive line coach at the University of Wyoming (2009-10) and Northern Iowa (2007-08).

From 2007-09, Montgomery helped coach his teams to three straight postseason appearances: Wyoming's victory at the 2009 New Mexico Bowl; and the University of Northern Iowa's Football Championship Subdivision appearances in 2007 (quarterfinals) and 2008 (semifinals).

Montgomery's 2009 Wyoming defensive line featured first-team All-MWC tackle John Fletcher and honorable mention end Mitch Unrein. Fletcher concluded his career ranked third in MWC history and fifth in Wyoming history with 24 career sacks. Unrein was the 2009 New Mexico Bowl Defensive MVP. Both went on to sign free-agent contracts following the 2010 NFL Draft.

At Northern Iowa, Montgomery was part of the Panthers' 2008 Missouri Valley Football Conference championship team that went 12-3 overall and 7-1 in-conference while reaching an FCS national ranking as high as No. 4. The 2008 UNI defense ranked 10th nationally among all FCS teams in scoring defense, allowing 17.7 points per game.

In 2007, UNI was 12-1, entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed and advanced to the quarterfinals. Northern Iowa concluded the year ranked in the top five in both national polls and ranked among the top 10 in rushing defense (No. 6), scoring defense (No. 7) and total defense (No. 11).

Prior to coaching at Northern Iowa, he was the defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at North Iowa Area Community College (2005) and coached at Iowa City West High School (2003-04).

The 1997 Nevada State Player of the Year, coming out of high school, Montgomery was a four-year starter at Iowa. The Hawkeyes won the 2001 Alamo Bowl his senior season. Montgomery concluded his college career in the Hula Bowl All-Star Game and went on to participate in the 2002 New Orleans Saints' camp. He joined the Iowa staff as a student assistant in 2002 as the Hawkeyes went posted an 11-2 record and played in the 2003 Orange Bowl. Montgomery played in the Arena Football League with the Chicago Rush, Colorado Crush and Las Vegas Gladiators from 2003-05.

Montgomery graduated from Iowa with a bachelor's degree in African American Studies in 2002. He and his wife, Natalie, have three sons, Jayden, Tevyn and Jace.

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