OXFORD, Ohio -- Bill Mallory, described by many as the ultimate “Miami Man”, is among five men and two women selected to be inducted into the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame, May 30, at the MAC Honors Dinner in Cleveland.
Besides Mallory, the other 2013 MAC Hall of Fame inductees are 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).
As a player at Miami, Mallory won three varsity letters, earned first-team All-MAC honors (1956) and served as team co-captain (1956). From 1969-73, he served as head coach of his alma mater, compiling an overall record of 39-12 in five seasons. His most famous Miami team was the 1973 squad that was undefeated both in the MAC (5-0) and overall (11-0). The ’73 team defeated Florida in the Tangerine Bowl and was ranked No. 17 in the final AP Poll. Mallory’s .765 winning percentage at Miami ranks seventh-best in football history, a winning percentage better than Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler and Terry Hoeppner. In Mallory’s five years at Miami, the Red & White defeated arch-rival Cincinnati in four out of five games.
Mallory left Miami to become head football coach at Colorado from 1974-78. During his five seasons in Boulder, he led the Buffalos to an overall record of 35-21-1. His ’75 and ’76 squads both played in bowl games and the ’76 team won the Big Eight title. Mallory’s winning percentage of .623 ranks fifth-best among Colorado coaches who served for at least five seasons.
From 1980-83, Mallory coached at Northern Illinois, compiling an overall record of 25-19 in four seasons. His 1983 Huskies won the MAC title (8-1, 10-2 overall) and 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.
Perhaps his greatest notoriety came during his 13 seasons as head coach at Indiana (1984-96). IU’s overall record during that period 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 and made six bowl appearances. In the last 65 years, Indiana teams have had only 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 and 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, Mallory compiled 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. He is the only Hoosier coach that beat both schools in the same season.
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). He was honored as the Kodak District Coach of the Year in 1986 and ’87, and was head coach of 1993 East Team in the East-West Shrine Bowl.
He served as an assistant coach on the staffs of College Football Hall of Famers Woody Hayes, Doyt Perry and Carm Cozza.
Mallory has been inducted into 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), Miami University's "Cradle of Coaches" Association (1995), and now the MAC Hall of Fame (2013).
Mallory cared for the welfare of his athletes in the classroom. Altogether, 65 student-athletes on 110 occasions were named to the conference all-academic team.
Devoted to his family and the communities in which he lived, Mallory has been an exemplary model of service and good will since retiring.
Mallory’s family includes his wife, Eleanor, son Mike (currently special teams coach for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars; also served as coach at Kent State and Northern Illinois), son Curt (currently secondary coach for the University of Michigan; also served as coach for Ball State, Central Michigan and Akron), son Doug (currently assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator for Indiana University), and several grandchildren.
About the 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, 2012 and 2013.
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.
Harold Anderson, BGSU Basketball 1991 ... Janet Bachna, Kent Gymnastics 1992 ... Joe Begala, Kent Wrestling 1991 ... Tom Beutler, UT Football 1994 ... Kermit Blosser*, OU Golf 1988 ... ... Jim Corrigall, Kent Football 1994 ... Hasely Crawford, EMU Track & Field 1991 ... Ben Curtis, Kent Golf 2012 ... 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, Miami 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.