Ikaika Malloe (ee-KEYE-ka ma-LOY), who has 14 years of coaching experience including three years as a defensive coordinator and six years as a special teams coordinator, is in his second season as Utah State’s defensive line coach.
In his first season at Utah State, Malloe helped Utah State to the second-most wins in school history with its 10-4 record and its third-straight bowl win with a 21-6 victory against UTEP in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.
During the 2014 season, Malloe coached three defensive linemen to all-Mountain West honors in B.J. Larsen (first team), Jordan Nielsen (honorable mention) and Elvis Kamana Matagi (honorable mention).
Utah State’s defense finished the 2014 season ranking among the top 30 in the nation in 10 categories, including ranking first in the Mountain West and 12th in the nation in scoring defense at 19.7 points per game. USU also ranked first in the MW and fourth nationally in both sacks (3.57 pg) and tackles for loss (8.1 pg), second in the MW and eighth in the nation in passes intercepted (19), second in the MW and ninth in the nation in defensive touchdowns (5), second in the MW and 11th in the nation in turnovers forced (30), second in the MW and 17th nationally in passing efficiency defense (111.42), first in the MW and 24th in the nation in rushing defense (130.7 ypg), second in the MW and 25th in the nation in opponents third down conversion percentage (.358), and second in the MW and 30th nationally in total defense (356.1 ypg).
Malloe came to Utah State after spending two seasons at Portland State, where he served as the Vikings’ special teams coordinator and defensive tackles coach.
During the 2013 season at Portland State, Malloe helped coach a Vikings defense that held seven teams to less than 100 yards rushing, and recorded 91.0 tackles for loss and 27.0 sacks. Malloe also mentored a pair of honorable mention all-Big Sky Conference defensive tackles in Joe Lopez and Junior Alexis.
As special teams coordinator, Portland State’s 2013 special teams featured the nation’s top punter in All-American Kyle Loomis who averaged 46.5 yards per kick, and the Vikings led the nation in net punting (41.71 ypk). The Vikings also blocked seven kicks and punts, and held opponents to a Big Sky Conference low 14.9 yards per kick return, which ranked second in the nation. In addition, kick returner Nate Tago and special teamer Hayden Plinke earned honorable mention all-Big Sky accolades.
In 2012, Malloe’s group of defensive tackles helped hold five Big Sky schools to 86 rushing yards or less, including zero rushing yards by national semifinalist Eastern Washington. Malloe also coached three players to honorable mention all-Big Sky honors in defensive tackle Dereck Jester, kicker Zach Brown and kick returner Nevin Lewis.
Prior to working at Portland State, Malloe spent three years as the defensive coordinator at Yale (2009-11).
In 2008, he was the special teams coordinator and defensive tackles coach at Hawai’i, helping the Rainbow Warriors to an appearance in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.
From 2004-07, Malloe served as the defensive line coach at UTEP, helping the Miners to the 2005 GMAC Bowl.
Malloe also spent three years as the special teams coordinator and defensive line coach at Western Illinois as he helped the Leathernecks win the 2002 Gateway Conference Championship along with back-to-back quarterfinal appearances in the FCS Playoffs.
Malloe began his coaching career at his alma mater, Washington, as a student assistant, graduate assistant and program coordinator.
A 1996 graduate of Washington, Malloe earned numerous awards as a Husky defensive back. He was named the 1992 Stapp Memorial Award recipient (most inspirational on team), earned the team’s hardest hitter honor for three straight years, won the 1993 Jarvis Award, was named most improved defensive back in 1994 and was named player of the week by USA Today in 1995.
A native of Waimanaio, Hawaii, Malloe and his wife Tara have three children, sons Jordan and Isaiah, and daughter, Taylor.
IKAIKA MALLOE FILE Coaching History: 2014- Utah State - Defensive Line 2012-13 Portland State - Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Tackles 2009-11 Yale - Defensive Coordinator 2008 Hawai'i - Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Tackles 2004-07 UTEP - Defensive Line 2001-03 Western Illinois - Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Line 1997-2001 Washington - Student Assistant/Graduate Assistant/Program Coordinator
Bowl Games/FCS Playoffs: Utah State - New Mexico, 2014
Hawai'i - Sheraton Hawai'i, 2008 UTEP - GMAC, 2005 Western Illinois - FCS Quarterfinals, 2002; FCS Quarterfinals, 2003
Conference Championships: Western Illinois - Gateway, 2002
Playing Experience: 1992-95 Washington - Defensive Back
Education: 1996 Washington - Sociology (B.S)
Family: Wife - Tara; Sons - Jordan and Isaiah; Daughter - Taylor
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