San Jose Sabercats Asst to be the new Head Coach?

SpartanThunder.com has scooped some insight in regards to the vacant head coach vacancy at SJSU. Right down the street from the SJSU campus sits the HP Pavillion, home of the world champion San Jose Sabercats of the arena football league, and.....

Fans, SpartanThunder.com has scooped that assistant coach, Terry Malley, of the world champion San Jose Sabercats of the arena football league is being pursued as the next head coach for Spartan football.

We have no additional information at this time, and view this information as purely "speculative" at this juncture.

Keep your eyes peeled to this site, as we will be reporting additional information as we uncover it.

This does confirm, however, that there is a certain group of Santa Clara Bronco boosters that once supported the now defunct Bronco football team that are willing to donate money to the SJSU football program.

With Malley coming from the SCU alumni rankings, this is now all starting to make sense.

Here is some additional information on Malley.

The first front office employee ever hired by the SaberCats organization, Terry Malley enters his tenth season with the team, ninth as the franchise's general manager and fifth full season as the team's offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach in 2004.

While on the job, Malley has coached San Jose to four of the top six scoring seasons in league annals. The SaberCats' offense continued to set new standards in 2003 leading the AFL in scoring offense for the second consecutive season and the third time in four years.

By scoring 60.4 points a game last season, San Jose became the first team in league history to average 60 or more points a game in consecutive seasons and have done it a record three times. No other AFL team has achieved the feat more than once.

The SaberCats also raised the bar by scoring an AFL-record 137 touchdowns and 966 total points in 2003. Malley's offense featured a strong ground attack, leading the league in rushing attempts (169), yards (589) and setting a new league-record with 47 rushing touchdowns.

San Jose boasted two of the AFL's top three rushers, as well as the league-leader in rushing touchdowns. The SaberCats' success can be directly attributed to their consistency in the red zone, scoring on 68-of-70 (97.1-percent) opportunities inside their opponent's 10-yard-line.

Under Malley's direction in 2002, the SaberCats paced the league in scoring offense averaging 62.7 points per game and set a league record, scoring at least 50 points in all 17 contests. The SaberCats also established a league mark by scoring at least 76 points in three consecutive games and tied a team season mark by reaching the 70-point plateau four times.

During the 2001 season the SaberCats set a team record for total offense and twice amassed over 400 net yards in a game. San Jose finished the regular season by topping the 300-yard mark in total offense in the final six games and reached the 300-yard mark a single-season record nine times.

In 2000, Malley's first full year as offensive coordinator, the SaberCats boasted the most prolific scoring unit in the league and set a then AFL record by scoring 119 touchdowns. San Jose totaled 871 points on the year and averaged a league-best 62.2 points per game. Twice the team topped the 80-point mark in a contest and eight times the team surpassed the 60-point mark. The SaberCats were also involved in the second-highest scoring game in league history when they defeated the New England Sea Wolves, 85-76 on June 9.

Malley is largely responsible for the development of quarterback Mark Grieb, who has led the AFL in passer rating three of the past four seasons and is the league's career leader with a rating of 122.0. Grieb established a league record with a pass efficiency rating of 133.9 in 2001.

Originally hired as the team's Director of Football Operations prior to the 1995 season, Malley put together a roster of players that became the first team in professional sports history to capture a division championship as an expansion club. He was appointed the team's General Manager the following year. At points during his stay as GM, Malley has overseen the club's marketing and sales efforts, media relations department and was the prime negotiator in all player contracts.

Malley assumed the role of offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for the final six games of the 1999 campaign following the departure of Harry Justvig. It was his first stint as an AFL coach and the first time on the sidelines since his days at Santa Clara University.

The SaberCats averaged 52 points per game and nearly 270 yards of total offense in those six games under his direction.

Prior to joining the SaberCats in December of 1994, Malley served as the head football coach at Santa Clara University from 1985-92. While at the helm of the Broncos, his teams compiled a 47-39-1 record and were ranked in the top 20 in six of his eight seasons. Malley earned a reputation during his coaching tenure of developing teams that demonstrated competitiveness, confidence and credibility.

Malley was associated with the Santa Clara football program for 19 years, first as a player, then as an assistant coach before taking over the head coaching reigns in 1985. Malley succeeded his father, the late Pat Malley, when the legendary coach and athletic director retired after guiding the Bronco football program for 26 years. Pat was inducted into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame on November 4, 1999 with Terry giving an emotionally charged induction speech on his behalf.

His first season as Broncos head coach was a memorable one as Santa Clara posted an 8-2-1 record and won the Western Football Conference championship with a 4-0-1 mark.

The Broncos were ranked as high as third in the AP Top 20 poll and Malley earned WFC "Coach-of- the-Year" honors.

During his tenure at Santa Clara, he coached 27 All-Western Football Conference selections and one consensus All-American, tight end Brent Jones, a former standout with the NFL's San Francisco 49ers. Besides Jones, Malley also coached punter Bryan Barker, a two-time NFL Pro Bowl pick.

While playing for his father, Malley was a team captain and four-year letterwinner at quarterback for Santa Clara from 1972-76. After earning his business degree in 1976, Malley began his coaching career at Leland High School in San Jose. He moved on to Moreau High School in Hayward, Calif., for two seasons (1978-79) where he taught and served as quarterbacks and wide receivers coach.

In 1980, he returned to his alma mater to serve as quarterbacks and wide receivers coach while spearheading the school's recruiting efforts. Originally from Killeen, Tex., Malley grew up in Santa Clara and attended Bellarmine College Preparatory.

He and his wife Leslie reside in Santa Clara with their daughter Christina and two sons, Patrick and Ryan.


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