CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Blending personal and team success, integrity, dedication and inspiration at four different universities as a head coach, Miami University legend Bill Mallory will be inducted into the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame Thursday night (May 30).

Mallory is one of seven inductees. The others include Dave Keilitz (Central Michigan, baseball), Kim Knuth (Toledo, women’s basketball), Brad Maynard (Ball State, football), John Offerdahl (Western Michigan, football), Christi Smith (Akron, track and field) and Gary Trent (Ohio, men’s basketball). 

“It is only appropriate for our Conference to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of our former student-athletes and coaches, specifically these seven individuals, and their achievements during their time competing in the Mid-American Conference,” said Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, MAC Commissioner.  “We are honored to welcome them to the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame.”

 Mallory played football three years for Coach Ara Parseghian and one year for Coach John Pont from 1953-56 at Miami. As a coach for the Redskins from 1969-73, he posted an overall record of 39-12 in five seasons. His '73 squad won the MAC title, posting perfect 11-0 (overall) 5-0 (MAC) records, including a victory over Florida in the Tangerine Bow. His 765 winning percentage ranks seventh-best in Miami football history and has a better winning percentage than Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler and Terry Hoeppner. In Mallory’s five years at Miami, Miami defeated arch-rival Cincinnati four times.

Mallory was named his Conference’s Coach of the Year four times during his career: 1973 (MAC, at Miami), 1983 (MAC, at Northern Illinois), 1986 and '87 (Big Ten, at Indiana) and 1987. Including the MAC Hall of Fame, Mallory has also been inducted into the Miami University Athletic Hall of Fame (1980), the Northern Illinois University Athletic Hall of Fame (as coach of the 1983 team in 1995 and as a football coach in 1999), the Indiana University Athletic Hall of Fame (1993), the Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Fame, the Indiana Football Hall of Fame (1993), and Miami University's "Cradle of Coaches" Association (1995).

His immediate family includes his wife, Eleanor, and sons Mike (currently special teams coach for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars; served as coach at Kent State and Northern Illinois), Curt (currently secondary coach for the University of Michigan; served as coach for Ball State, Central Michigan and Akron), and Doug (currently assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator for Indiana University).

Brief Summary of Bill Mallory's Career Accomplishments: 

As PLAYER at Miami: he won three varsity letters, earned first-team All-MAC honors (1956) and served as team co-captain (1956).

ASSISTANT COACH positions: served as assistant coach on the staffs of College Football Hall of Famers Woody Hayes, Doyt Perry and Carm Cozza.

As HEAD COACH:  MIAMI (1969-73) – overall record of 39-12 in five seasons; MAC title in 1973 (11-0 record, 5-0 MAC); defeated Florida in the Tangerine Bowl; final ranking of #17; .765 winning percentage ranks seventh-best in Miami football history; better winning percentage than Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler and Terry Hoeppner; in Mallory’s five years at Miami, Miami defeated arch-rival Cincinnati in four out of five appearances  … COLORADO (1974-78) – overall record of 35-21-1 in five seasons; Big Eight title in 1976 (8-4 overall, 5-2 Big Eight); Buffalos made bowl game appearances in 1975 (Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl) and 1976 (Orange Bowl); winning percentage of .623 ranks fifth-best among Colorado coaches who served for at least five seasons, just .001 less than Bill McCartney (.624); Colorado’s record in the five seasons after Mallory served was 13-41-1 (.245)  … NORTHERN ILLINOIS (1980-83) – overall record of 25-19 in four seasons; MAC title in 1983 (10-2 record, 8-1 MAC); defeated Cal State Fullerton in the California Bowl; among men who coached for at least four seasons at Northern Illinois, Mallory’s winning percentage of .568 is fifth-best, but it is the best percentage over the last 40 years at NIU; NIU’s record in the five seasons prior to Mallory serving was 14-29-1 (.330); NIU’s record in the five seasons after Mallory served was 15-27-2 (.364) ... INDIANA (1984-96) — overall record was 69-77-3 (.473), but the Hoosiers were 69-66-3 (.511) after an 0-11 first season; in 13 seasons at Indiana, Mallory’s teams had seven winning records; Indiana’s six bowl appearances occurred in 1986 (All-American Bowl), 1987 (Peach Bowl), 1988 (Liberty Bowl), 1990 (Peach Bowl), 1991 (Copper Bowl) and 1993 (Independence Bowl); in the last 65 years, Indiana teams have had six other winning seasons, including only one in the last 16 “post-Mallory” years; Mallory posted more victories (69) than any other Indiana football coach; he was the head coach in six of Indiana’s nine all-time bowl games; in 13 years at Indiana, Mallory’s teams beat rival Purdue seven times. In the last 65 years, Indiana has defeated Purdue just nine other times … OVERALL AS A HEAD COACH: Mallory had a record of 166-120-4 (.579) in 27 seasons as a head coach; his teams defeated a dozen Top 25-ranked schools, including both No. 9 Ohio State and No. 11 Michigan in 1987 (Mallory is the only Hoosier coach that beat both schools in the same season).

Coaching Honors: Mallory has been named his Conference’s Coach of the Year four times: 1973 (MAC, at Miami), 1983 (MAC, at Northern Illinois), 1986 (Big Ten, at Indiana) and 1987 (Big Ten, at Indiana); honored as the Kodak District Coach of the Year in 1986 and ’87; head coach of 1993 East Team in the East-West Shrine Bowl; on coaching staff of Hula Bowl, Japan Bowl, and East-West Shrine Bowl.

Brief Summary of Academic Accomplishments:  At Miami, seven individuals on 12 occasions were selected to the Academic All-MAC Team from 1969-73 … at Colorado, seven individuals on 12 occasions were chosen to the Academic All-Big Eight Team from 1974-78 … at Northern Illinois, four individuals on six occasions were selected to the Academic All-MAC Team from 1980-83 … at Indiana, 47 individuals on 80 occasions were chosen to the Academic All-Big Ten Team from 1984-96.

 

Brief Summary of Community Accomplishments:  Established a football coaches clinic for youth coaches to teach safety … Chair of Bloomington’s (Ind.) Run-Walk Cure for Cancer … Honorary Chair and fund raiser for the Salvation Army … member of the Bloomington (Ind.) Hospital’s Health & Wellness Board … board member and fund raiser for the Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs … board member and fund raiser for the Boy Scouts … Ways and Means Chair for the Bloomington (Ind.) Methodist Church … graduation speaker for Ivy Tech University …  recipient of state of Indiana’s Saginaw of the Wabash Award (presented by Governor) … recipient of the Brady Lifetime Achievement Award (youth service) … 10-year trustee member for the American Football Coaches Association … motivational speaker for numerous colleges and high schools.

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MAC Hall of Fame

The Mid-American Conference Hall-of-Fame was approved by the MAC Council of Presidents at their meeting on December 2, 1987. The charter class was inducted into the MAC Hall of Fame in 1988 and subsequent classes were added in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 1994 and 2012.


The MAC is the only Division I conference to have a Hall of Fame. Each of the schools nominates a list of individuals to be considered for induction. The nominated individuals must have participated during the time the university was in the MAC and five years must have passed from the time the individual participated in athletics or worked in the athletic department at his/her university or upon retirement from the university. The individual does not have to be a MAC graduate but must have just worked or attended a MAC University.

A special category will be developed for those individuals who have made a contribution to the MAC, but were not affiliated with any one university (past commissioners, officials, supervisors of officials, etc.). Any university or selection committee member may nominate a person for this category.

With a seven-person selection committee, the nominee must receive at least five affirmative votes to be selected for induction. The selection committee consists of former MAC administrators in addition to long-standing members of the media.

In considering an individual's qualifications, the committee will consider contributions that the individual made during his/her time at the university as well as the positive publicity he/she has brought to the university since leaving.

The inductees:

Caroline (Mast) Daugherty, OU Basketball 1994
Herb Deromedi, CMU Football Coach 2012
Chuck Ealey*, UT Football 1988
Fran Ebert, WMU Softball/Basketball 1992
Wayne Embry, MIA Basketball 2012
Karen Fitzpatrick, Ball State Field Hockey Coach, 2012
John Gill, WMU Athlete/Coach/Admin. 1994
Maurice Harvey, Ball State Football 1992
Bill Hess, OU Football coach 1992
Gary Hogeboom, CMU Football 1994
Fred Jacoby, MAC Commissioner 1990
Bob James, MAC Commissioner 1989
Ron Johnson*, EMU Football 1988
#Dave Keilitz, CMU Baseball 2013
Ted Kjolhede*, CMU Basketball 1988
#Kim Knuth, UT Basketball 2013
Ken Kremer, Ball State Football 1991
Bill Lajoie, WMU Baseball 1991
Jack Lambert*, Kent Football 1988
Frank Lauterbur, UT Football 1990
Mel Long, UT Football 1992
Charlie Maher, WMU Baseball 1989
#Bill Mallory, Miami Football 2013
#Brad Maynard, Ball State Football 2013
Ray McCallum*, Ball State Basketball 1988
Jack McLain, MAC Football official 1992
Karen Michalak, CMU Basketball/Track/Field Hockey 1992
Gordon Minty, EMU Track & Field 1994
Steve Mix, UT Basketball 1989
Thurman Munson, Kent Baseball 1990
Ira Murchison, WMU Track & Field 1990
Don Nehlen, BGSU Football 1994
Manny Newsome*, WMU Basketball 1988
Bob Nichols, UT Basketball Coach 2012
#John Offerdahl, WMU Football 2013
Bob Owchinko, EMU Baseball 1992
Ara Parseghian*, Miami Football 1988
Doyt Perry*, BGSU Football 1988
John Pont, Miami Football player/coach 1992
John Pruis, Ball State President 1994
Trevor Rees, Kent Football 1989
David Reese*, MAC Commissioner 1988
George Rider, Miami Track & Field 1989
William Rohr, Miami Basketball Coach 1994
Dan Roundfield, CMU Basketball 1990
Bo Schembechler, Miami Football 1991
Mike Schmidt, OU Baseball 2012
Dick Shrider, Miami Basketball 1990
#Christi Smith, Akron Track & Field 2013
Jim Snyder, OU Basketball 1991
Shafer Suggs, Ball State Football 1989
Phil Villapiano, BGSU Football 1992
Nate Thurmond, BGSU Basketball 1989
#Gary Trent, OU Basketball 2013
Bob Welch, EMU Baseball 1990
Dave Wottle, BGSU Track & Field 1990
Bob Wren, OU Baseball 1989

*Charter member

#2013 inductee

 

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