Bill Mallory, the winningest coach in Indiana football program history, has died.
The Hoosiers announced Mallory’s passing on Friday. He was 82.
Mallory went 69-77-3 in 13 seasons as Indiana’s coach. After going 0-11 in his first season, he led the Hoosiers to six bowl games, including wins in the 1988 Liberty Bowl and the 1991 Copper Bowl. His teams posted seven winning regular-season records.
Mallory was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in consecutive seasons (1986-87), becoming the first Big Ten coach to earn back-to-back honors.
“The entire Indiana University family is deeply saddened by the passing of Bill Mallory,” Indiana athletic director Fred Glass said in the release. “Bill was not only a Hall of Fame football coach, but also an extraordinary man who has had an immeasurable impact on countless individuals throughout the course of his career and life. Bill’s passion for the sport of football was matched only by his love of his players, his coaches, and most of all, his family. I feel extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to know him and his wonderful family. IU Athletics extends our heartfelt condolences to Ellie, Curt, Doug, Mike, Barbara and the entire Mallory family. Bill will be missed by many, but never forgotten.”
Mallory is survived by his wife, Ellie; sons Mike (the assistant special teams coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars), Doug (the defensive backs coach for the Atlanta Falcons) and Curt (the football coach at Indiana State); a daughter, Barbara; and 11 grandchildren.
Mallory was hired by Indiana in 1984 after successful stops at Miami (Ohio) University (1969-73), Colorado (1974-78) and Northern Illinois (1980-83). He went 99-52-1 with those programs.
In 1987, Indiana went 8-4 and finished second in the Big Ten. In 1988, the Hoosiers finished 8-3-1 and ranked in both the AP and Coaches polls. With that season-ending ranking, Mallory became the fifth coach to guide three programs to top-20 finishes. Paul “Bear” Bryant, Dan Devine, Bowden Wyatt and Lou Holtz were the others.
For the 1989 season, running back Anthony Thompson finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting to Houston quarterback Andre Ware. Thompson rushed for 1,793 yards and 24 touchdowns that season.
Thompson, who was selected in the second round (31st overall) of the 1990 NFL Draft, was one of six first- or second-team All-Americans coached by Mallory.
Mallory’s teams went 8-4 in 1993 and 6-5 in 1995, the last time the Hoosiers have posted back-to-back winning records.
“Coach Mal was respected like none other. Revered, in fact,” Thompson said in the release. “The kind of respect and reverence that is earned through love and leadership. Not because of a title or being in a position of power. Rather it’s because he led with every fiber of his being along with his booming voice, his locked jaw and his whole heart.”
A native of Sandusky, Ohio, Mallory played at Miami (Ohio) University for coaches Ara Parseghian and John Pont. He earned first-team All-MAC honors in 1956.
Mallory was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 1993, the Miami University “Cradle of Coaches” Association in 1995 and the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame in 2013. He was inducted into the Miami University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1980 and was twice inducted into the Northern Illinois University Athletic Hall of Fame (1995 and 1999). The first honor was in recognition for coaching the school’s 1983 team that finished 10-2, won the MAC title and beat Cal in a bowl game. The second honor was for his tenure as coach.