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

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 Tuesday’s Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

Prior to his time at Utah State, Malloe was the special-teams coordinator and defensive tackles coach at Portland State from 2012-13 and 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 P-I. 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.

Here is the official release from UW:

SEATTLE – Former Husky defensive standout Ikaika Malloe will return to Montlake as the UW's new defensive line coach, head coach Chris Petersen announced today.

Malloe (pronounced like "Malloy"), who lettered at the UW from 1993 to 1996, joins the Husky staff after having spent the last two seasons in the same role at Utah State. The Aggies wrapped up their season Tuesday against Akron in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

A graduate of Kamehameha School in Hawai'i, Malloe came to the UW from his home in Waimanalo and went on to earn four varsity letters as a safety and outside linebacker. He started 11 games in 1995, when the Huskies won a share of the Pac-10 championship. Malloe led the UW in interceptions that season, with five.

In 1993, he won the Bob Jarvis Most Inspirational Walk-On Award after having won the Brian Stapp Defensive Scout of the Year Award in 1992.

Malloe returns to Seattle with 15 years of coaching experience, including three as a defensive coordinator and six as a special teams coordinator, under his belt.

In 2014, he helped the Aggies to a 10-4 overall record (second-most wins in school history) and a third straight bowl trip, a win over UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl. Three defensive linemen earned All-Mountain West honors (a first-teamer, a second-team and an honorable mention) in 2014. This past season, two Aggies d-linemen picked up All-MWC honorable mention.

The 2014 Aggie team featured a rugged defense that finished in the top 30 in the nation in 10 categories, including best in the MWC and No 12 in the nation in scoring defense at 19.7 points per game. USU also led the conference in rushing defense, sacks and tackles for loss.

Malloe went to Utah State after two seasons at Portland State, where we worked under former Husky teammate Nigel Burton as the Vikings' special teams coordinator and defensive tackles coach. In 2013, he coached a unit that held seven opponents under 100 rushing yards and posted 91 tackles for loss and 27 sacks while two players earned honorable mention All-Big Sky. In 2013, the Vikings also boasted All-America punter Kyle Loomis and led the FCS in net punting. PSU also blocked seven punts or kicks and was second in the nation in kickoff coverage. The 2012 PSU team held five Big Sky opponents to 86 rush yards or less and three of Malloe's players earned honorable mention all-conference.

From 2009-11, Malloe spent three seasons as the defensive coordinator at Yale, where he worked for former UW assistant coach Tom Williams. In 2008, he was special teams coordinator and defensive tackles coach at Hawai'i, helping guide the Warriors to a berth in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl. From 2004-07, he was d-line coach at Texas-El Paso, which made it to the 2005 GMAC Bowl.

Prior to UTEP, Malloe began his full-time coaching career as special teams coordinator and d-line coach at Western Illinois. The Leathernecks won the Gateway Conference title in 2002 and made the NCAA Division I-AA playoff quarterfinals twice.

Malloe began his career as a student assistant, program coordinator and, eventually, a graduate assistant, at Washington. He earned his degree in sociology from the UW in 1997.