Rick Mallory, a veteran coach who spent five seasons as a player in the NFL before beginning his coaching career, is in his second year as offensive tackles/tight ends coach at Middle Tennessee as a member of Rick Stockstill’s staff.
The tackles and tight ends played a major role in the Blue Raiders owning the 31st best rushing attack in the country and producing the most rushing yards at MT since 2002. Under Mallory, the group also helped open holes for five different players to record 100-yard rushing games, while tight end Jacob Corbaley turned in a career year.
Mallory, who has 20 years of college coaching experience, joined Stockstill’s staff after spending the 2012 season working in the high school ranks and the 2011 campaign as the offensive line coach at UAB.
Prior to his one-year stint at UAB, Mallory was the director of football operations at Wyoming in 2010 before serving 10 years as the offensive line coach at the University of Memphis.
Preceding his time in Memphis, Mallory was the tight ends coach at the University of Washington, his alma mater, from 1993-98.
From 2000-09 when Mallory was on the staff at Memphis, the Tigers earned five bowl berths in those 10 seasons.
In 2009, Mallory's offensive line helped pave the way for senior running back Curtis Steele to earn first-team All-Conference USA honors as Steele finished No. 7 in the NCAA in rushing and scoring. Memphis ranked No. 3 in Conference USA in rushing offense in 2009, gaining an average of 158.8 yards per game on the ground. Mallory's '09 offensive line allowed an average of only 1.42 sacks per game to rank No. 35 in the NCAA.
The 2008 Tiger offense ranked 22nd in the nation in rushing offense and 26th in total offense, while ranking 21st in fewest sacks allowed. The year prior in '07, Memphis ranked No. 13 in the NCAA in passing offense, No. 23 in total offense and No. 10 in fewest sacks given up.
From 2002-05, Mallory's offensive line unit blocked for running back DeAngelo Williams, who earned All-America honors in both 2004 and 2005. The 2005 Tiger offense ranked fifth in the nation in rushing offense, and the 2004 edition ranked ninth in total offense. In four of his last six seasons at Memphis, Mallory's offensive line led Conference USA in fewest sacks allowed.
During his time at Memphis, he coached six first-team All-Conference USA offensive linemen, one second-team selection, four third-team honorees and five Conference USA All-Freshman team choices.
Prior to Memphis, Mallory coached at Washington for seven seasons, beginning as a graduate assistant coach in 1992. He became a full-time assistant in `93, coaching the tight ends and special teams from 1993-98. The Huskies earned five bowl berths over that seven-year period
Mallory was a three-year letterman at Washington from 1981-83. As a freshman and sophomore, Mallory played tight end. His junior year, Mallory was converted to offensive guard, and he went on to earn All-Pacific 10 Conference honors his senior season of 1983.
Following his college playing career, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Mallory in the ninth round of the 1984 NFL Draft. He played for the Buccaneers for five seasons from 1984-88.
He and his wife Shannon have three grown sons: Ryan, Adam and Cameron; and three daughters, Naomi, Fiona, and Layla. Mallory earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Washington in 1983.
Season at MT: 2nd
Date Hired: March 21, 2013
Recruiting Area: Midwest Tennessee, South Florida, West Alabama
Birthdate: October 21, 1960
Hometown: Renton, WA
Children: Ryan, Adam, Cameron, Naomi, Fiona, Layla
High School: Lindberg
College: Washington, B.A. Political Science, 1993
TE and Guard at Washington (1979-83)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFL (1984-88)
1992-97: Washington (tight ends)
1998-99: Washington (tight ends/special teams coord)
2000-2009: Memphis (offensive line)
2010: Wyoming (director of football operations)
2011: UAB (offensive line)
2013-Present: MT (tackles/tight ends)
1979 Sun Bowl (player)
1981 Rose Bowl (player)
1982 Rose Bowl (player)
1983 Aloha Bowl (player)
1993 Rose Bowl (coach)
1995 Sun Bowl (coach)
1996 Holiday Bowl (coach)
1997 Aloha Bowl (coach)
1998 Oahu Bowl (coach)
1999 Holiday Bowl (coach)
2003 New Orleans Bowl (coach)
2004 GMAC Bowl (coach)
2005 Motor City Bowl (coach)
2007 New Orleans Bowl (coach)
2008 St. Petersburg Bowl (coach)
2013: Armed Forces Bowl (coach)