July 13, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Hoosier assistant head coach Doug Mallory has coached in seven bowl games, including victories in the 2007 Sugar Bowl and the 2008 BCS National Championship Game. He owns 23 years of collegiate coaching experience with stops at Army, Western Kentucky, Indiana, Maryland, Oklahoma State, LSU and New Mexico.
His father, Bill, is the winningest coach in Indiana football history. From 1984-96, Mallory led the Hoosiers to six of the program's nine bowl appearances. His brothers, Curt and Mike, are both football coaches - Curt serves as the secondary coach at the University of Michigan, while Mike is the assistant secondary coach for the New Orleans Saints.
Doug talks about some of his experiences below.
On his background:
"I come from a coaching background. My father was a college coach for over 40 years and I also have two brothers in the coaching industry. My older brother, Mike, is with the New Orleans Saints and my younger brother, Curt, is at the University of Michigan."
On growing up:
"Having come from a coaching family, I moved around the country a little bit. I was born in Bowling Green, Ohio, followed my father to Yale and from there we went to Ohio State, Miami (Ohio), Colorado and Northern Illinois."
On playing at the University of Michigan:
"I went to the University of Michigan, arriving in 1983 and graduating in 1988. I played safety and started for three years. I was fortunate to be a part of five consecutive bowls. We played in the Sugar Bowl my redshirt year followed by the Holiday Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl, the Rose Bowl and the Hall of Fame Bowl. I had the opportunity to play for legendary coach Bo Schembechler and had a great experience."
On his coaching career:
On returning to Indiana:
"After graduation, I followed the same path my older brother, Mike, and my father followed. I came down to Indiana as a graduate assistant during the 1988 season. I worked with Jim Young at West Point and went to Western Kentucky. I had an opportunity to work with my father at IU for his final three seasons from 1994-96. From there, I went to the University of Maryland for four years and then went to Oklahoma State as part of the rebuilding process there. I left Oklahoma State with Coach Miles to go to LSU and worked there as secondary coach for four years, highlighted by the 2007 national championship. After LSU, I served as the defensive coordinator at New Mexico."
"The thing that got me the most excited was the opportunity to work with Coach Wilson. I have a lot of respect for what he has done in this profession and the type of reputation he has. He has been a winner everywhere he has been and I certainly want to be a part of that. Having coached here and with the program being such a big part of my family's life, I was excited to get the opportunity to come back to Bloomington and to be a part of the community and this outstanding program."
On his coaching philosophy:
"It is all about development. As a coach, I view all the coaches in our profession as guys that are tremendous teachers. As a recruit, when you look for a university it is important to look for a school where you are going to be developed. As a coach, that is my biggest concern. When a young man comes into our program as a freshman, how can we maximize his God-given ability? Through his four- or five-year career we want to maximize his potential as a student and as an athlete. When he leaves our program with a degree in hand, he is going to be prepared for life after college."
On what he looks for in a safety:
"We want guys that are productive. Within our scheme, our safeties have always been two of the more productive guys on the defensive side of the ball. We are going to put them in positions to make plays in the run game as well as the pass game, and certainly in our pressure package. We are looking for the total package. We want guys that have intelligence to them and can make the checks, get everyone else lined correctly and get them in the correct coverage check. We want guys that put themselves into position to make plays and when they do, they are productive."