Curt Mallory
Curt Mallory (2012-09-15).jpg
Mallory at Michigan Stadium, September 2012
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamIndiana State
Biographical details
Born (1969-05-09) May 9, 1969 (age 53)
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1993–1994Indiana (GA)
1995–1999Ball State (LB)
2000Ball State (DB)
2001Central Michigan (DB)
2002–2004Indiana (DB)
2005–2006Illinois (DB)
2007–2009Illinois (co-DC)
2010Akron (DC)
2011–2014Michigan (DB)
2015–2016Wyoming (DB)
2017–presentIndiana State
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
MVFC Coach of the Year (2018)
Phil Steele FCS Coach of The Year (2019)[1]

Curtiss Sweeney Mallory (born May 9, 1969) is an American football coach and former player who is currently the head coach at Indiana State. He has been a college football coach since 1995 and has held defensive coordinator positions at the University of Illinois and the University of Akron. Mallory had most recently been the defensive secondary coach at the University of Wyoming; he played college football for the Michigan Wolverines as a linebacker from 1989 to 1990.

Early years

Mallory is the youngest son of former Indiana Hoosiers football coach Bill Mallory. He played high school football at Bloomington South High School. He was a starter at linebacker starting with the last game of his freshman year at Bloomington South. Mallory's older brothers, Mike and Doug Mallory played college football at the University of Michigan. In February 1988, and despite having an offer to play for his father at Indiana, Mallory announced that, like his older brothers, he had committed to Michigan.[2][3][4]

Football player

Mallory played college football at Michigan under head coach Bo Schembechler in 1989 and under head coach Gary Moeller in 1990. The 1989 team compiled a 10–2 record, won the Big Ten championship, and lost to USC in the 1990 Rose Bowl. The 1990 team was the co-champion of the Big Ten. Mallory's final game for Michigan was the 1991 Gator Bowl, a 35–3 victory over Ole Miss in which Mallory had a key interception.[5] Mallory graduated from Michigan in 1992 with a bachelor of science degree in sport management and communications.[6]

Coaching career

Mallory's coaching career began with a stint as a student assistant on Gary Moeller's Michigan football staff in 1992. He next served as a graduate assistant on his father's football coaching staff at Indiana University during the 1993 and 1994 seasons.[6][7] Mallory received a master's degree in outdoor recreation from Indiana University in 1999.[6]

In March 1995, Bill Lynch, the incoming coach at Ball State, hired Mallory as his linebacker's coach. Lynch had previously served as an assistant coach under Mallory's father at Indiana.[7] From 1996 to 2000, Mallory was an assistant coach at Ball State under Lynch – he coached linebackers from 1996 to 1999 and the secondary in 2000.[8]

In January 2001, Mallory resigned his position at Ball State to become the secondary coach at Central Michigan.[8]

In February 2002, Mallory was hired as the secondary coach at Indiana University under head coach Gerry DiNardo.[9][10] He remained in that position for three years through the 2004 season.[5] He was the position coach to Herana-Daze Jones at Indiana, and the team's pass defense ranked 33rd nationally in 2002.[11]

In December 2004, incoming head coach Ron Zook announced that he had rehired Mallory as his defensive secondary coach at the University of Illinois.[12] While at Illinois, Mallory was the position coach for Vontae Davis and Thorpe Award finalist Kevin Mitchall.[6] He became the team's co-defensive coordinator in 2007 and was demoted after the 2009 season.[6][13]

In January 2010, Mallory was hired as the defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach at the University of Akron.[14][15][16]

In February 2011, Mallory was hired as the defensive secondary coach at Michigan.[17] In Mallory's first year in the position, Michigan went from being ranked 112th nationally in pass defense during the 2010 season to being ranked 16th in the nation in 2011.[5][18] Through the first ten games of the 2012 season, Mallory's second at Michigan, the team ranked first in the nation in pass defense, allowing only 149.2 yards per game (Nebraska ranked second nationally with 164.4 yards allowed per game).[19][20]

In early 2014, Mallory was publicly acknowledged as a candidate for the head coaching position at Eastern Illinois University, a FCS program in Charleston, Illinois.[21] The job eventually went to Louisiana Tech defensive coordinator Kim Dameron, a former EIU assistant.[22] On January 7, 2015, Mallory joined the staff of Craig Bohl at Wyoming coaching the Cowboys defensive secondary.[23]

Indiana State University

On January 23, 2017, Mallory was named the 26th head coach of Indiana State.[24]


In 2017, his first season as head coach, the Sycamores finished winless at 0–11.


The 2018 season featured the largest turnaround in all of the 2018 division I football season as Mallory led the Sycamores to a 7-4 regular season record, including a 5-3 conference record. Aided by a resurgence in the run-game, a solidified defense, and the emergence of Iowa transfer Ryan Boyle, Indiana State finished with a top 25 ranking by the end of the regular season. After beating Western Illinois (a team the Sycamores lost to 55-0 in 2017) 15-13 in the season finale, Mallory and Indiana State finished with their best record since the 2014 playoff run. However, the Sycamores were left out of the 2018 FCS playoffs, but finished in 3rd place in the MVFC standings.


Mallory, in his 3rd season as Indiana State’s head coach, led the sycamores’ to a 5-7 season (3-5 in MVC play).


In addition to his father Bill, Mallory's older brothers are also involved in coaching. Older brother Doug Mallory coaches defensive backs for the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL.[25] Curt's eldest brother, Mike Mallory, also coaches in the NFL, currently serving as the assistant special teams coordinator with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has an older sister, Barb.

He and his wife, Lori, have three children: James, Sammy, and Margo.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs TSN/STATS# Coaches°
Indiana State Sycamores (Missouri Valley Football Conference) (2017–present)
2017 Indiana State 0–11 0–8 10th
2018 Indiana State 7–4 5–3 T–3rd 22 25
2019 Indiana State 5–7 3–5 T–7th
2020–21 Opted out of season
2021 Indiana State 5–6 3–5 T–7th
Indiana State: 17–28 11–21
Total: 17–28


  1. ^ "Mallory earns Phil Steele FCS Coach of the Year award".
  2. ^ "Curt Mallory passes Indiana to play football at Michigan". The Madison Courier (AP story). February 6, 1988.
  3. ^ Adam Benson (October 26, 1989). "Family Ties: Mallory stars in reunion episode". The Michigan Daily.
  4. ^ "Youngest Mallory Follows Brothers To Michigan". Times-Union (Warsaw, Indiana). February 6, 1988. p. 9.
  5. ^ a b c "Curt Mallory Profile". University of Michigan.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Curt Mallory Profile". University of Illinois. Archived from the original on August 10, 2014. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Ball St. Football coach rounds out his staff". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. March 15, 1995.
  8. ^ a b "Central Michigan hires Ball St. assistant Curt Mallory". The Madison Courier (Madison, Indiana). January 17, 2001.
  9. ^ "DiNardo names nine of his Indiana assistants". The Madison Courier (Madison, Indiana). February 14, 2002. p. A7.
  10. ^ Brad Bates (February 15, 2002). "CMU football loses two more coaches". Michigan life. Archived from the original on January 19, 2013.
  11. ^ "Zook Adds Curt Mallory to Coaching Staff". Illinois Scout. December 28, 2004. Archived from the original on March 17, 2005. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
  12. ^ Lindsey Willhite (January 14, 2005). "Mallory rehired at Illinois". Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL).
  13. ^ "Illinois coach heads to Akron". Peoria Journal Star. January 12, 2010.
  14. ^ "Zips Hire Illinois Football Assistant, Curt Mallory Named Defensive Coordinator and Cornerbacks Coach". Akron Beacon Journal. January 15, 2010. p. CI.
  15. ^ "Akron Football Names Curt Mallory Defensive Coordinator". Ohio College Football. January 14, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ Adam Rittenberg (January 12, 2010). "Illinois' Mallory leaves to lead Akron's D".
  17. ^ "UM finalizes new football coaching staff". The Detroit News. February 7, 2011.
  18. ^ Michael Rothstein (December 8, 2011). "Secondary gets most improved award: Analysis: Position coach provides answers for questionable unit entering season".
  19. ^ "Sortable Team Stats: Passing Defense". Retrieved November 12, 2012.
  20. ^ "Michigan's pass defense tied for tops in nation". Detroit Free Press. November 1, 2012.
  21. ^ "Report: U-M assistant Curt Mallory interviews Eastern Illinois job". Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  22. ^ "Eastern Illinois hires Louisiana Tech DC Kim Dameron as head coach -". January 10, 2014. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  23. ^ Vogel, Mike. "Former Michigan coach Mallory to join Wyoming as secondary coach". Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  24. ^ "Curt Mallory named Indiana State Football head coach – Indiana State University". Indiana State University. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  25. ^ "Doug Mallory Profile". Indiana University. Archived from the original on December 28, 2012.