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Huskies hire former UW defensive back Ikaika Malloe as new defensive line coach

Ikaika Malloe — shown here in his playing days with Washington next to Husky coach Jim Lambright, right, in August 1994 — was hired as the Huskies’ new defensive line coach Tuesday.
Ikaika Malloe — shown here in his playing days with Washington next to Husky coach Jim Lambright, right, in August 1994 — was hired as the Huskies’ new defensive line coach Tuesday. Staff photographer file, 1994

Former Washington Huskies defensive back Ikaika Malloe will be the UW’s new defensive line coach.

Malloe, who played defensive back at UW from 1993-96, just completed his second season as Utah State’s defensive line coach. The Aggies lost to Akron, 23-21, in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Tuesday.

Prior to his time at Utah State, Malloe was the special-teams coordinator and defensive tackles coach at Portland State from 2012-13, the defensive coordinator at Yale from 2009-11, and also spent time at Hawaii, UTEP and Western Illinois after a four-year stint at Washington from 1997-2001 in which he served as a student assistant, graduate assistant and program coordinator.

Malloe fills the position left vacant by Jeff Choate, who was hired as head coach at Montana State but will remain at UW through Saturday’s bowl game. Earlier this month, UW coach Chris Petersen fired receivers coach Brent Pease and promoted offensive quality control assistant Bush Hamdan to full-time receivers coach. Petersen also promoted defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake to co-defensive coordinator, and added special-teams coordinator to the duties of linebackers coach Bob Gregory (Choate handled special teams before).

A native of Waimanalo, Hawaii, Malloe started 11 games for the Huskies in 1995 and led the team with five interceptions. In 1993, he won the team’s Bob Jarvis Most Inspirational Walk-on Award, and was the Brian Stapp Defensive Scout of the Year in 1992.

Malloe’s first stint as an assistant at UW included some mild misdeeds. He admitted to Pac-10 investigators in 2003 — after he had left UW and was coaching at Western Illinois — that he organized gambling pools in 2001 and 2002, and that other UW coaches participated in those pools, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Former UW coach Rick Neuheisel was fired in June 2003 for his participation in an NCAA college basketball tournament gambling pool.

In an unrelated matter, Malloe also had to pay a sum of $5,401 after it was discovered that he was one of two UW employees who used long-distance phone cards to make $40,000 in unauthorized charges. The NCAA did not charge Malloe with violations in either instance.

UW’s 2016 assistant coaching staff is now set.

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