Mallory Hired As Line Coach
June 6, 2000
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Rick Mallory, who served as the tight end coach at the University of Washington for five years, is entering his first season as the offensive line coach for the Tigers. Mallory joined Rip Scherer's staff in May of 2000 and replaces Joe Susan who left to become the head football coach at Davidson College.
During his tenure at Washington, Mallory worked with four players who were selected in the NFL draft.
Mallory took over as a full-time coach midway through the 1993 season when Myles Corrigan was sidelined due to a heart condition. At the time, Mallory was working as a graduate assistant for the head coach Jim Lambright.
Working with the tight ends, Mallory was fortunate to have Mark Bruener leading his position for a year and a half.
Bruener became the Huskers all-time leader in receptions by a tight end, was named first-team All-Pac 10 twice and was drafted in the first round of the 1995 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. As a rookie, Bruener started in the 1996 Super Bowl.
In 1996, Mallory had Ernie Conwell take over as the starter and he went on to receive first team All-Pac 10 honors. Conwell was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the second round of the draft.
In 1997, Mallory's tight end claimed All-Pac 10 honors for the third consecutive season. Cameron Cleeland picked up all-league honors and was later chosen by the New Orleans Saints in the NFL draft. The Huskies' second tight end, Jeremy Brigham, was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the third round.
Mallory worked for the Huskies all of his coaching career. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant in 1992 and 1993 and was elevated to full-time status midway through the 1993 season.
Aside from coaching the tackles, tight ends and the kicking game, Mallory served as the liaison for the alumni association and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Mallory was a Husky tight end himself as a freshman and sophomore before moving to offensive guard prior to his junior year (1982). A three-year letterman, he went on to earn All-Pac 10 honors and All-Coast honors as a senior in 1983, when he served as team captain. In the 1984 NFL draft, he was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a ninth round pick and went on to play five seasons in the NFL.
Mallory earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Washington. He attended Linbergh High School in Renton, Washington, where he was a standout tight end for the football team.
Born October 21, 1960, in Renton, Washington, Mallory and his wife, Shannon, have three sons, Ryan, Adam and Cameron.