MALZAHN, GUS

COACHING

MALZAHN, GUS – Coaching – Henderson State University – 1989-1990:  Malzahn graduated from Fort Smith Christian High School in 1984 and was a walk-on receiver at Arkansas under then-head coach Ken Hatfield (1984, 1985) before transferring to Henderson State University, where he was a two-year letterman (1988, 1989) and earned his bachelor's degree in physical education in 1990. Malzahn got his start as the defensive coordinator at Hughes High School in 1991. He became head coach in 1992 and in 1994 Hughes reached the state championship game. His success at Hughes and his wide-open attack landed him a head coaching position at Shiloh Christian School in 1996. From 1996 to 2000, he transformed Shiloh Christian into one of the most dynamic offensive prep squads in the nation. In 1998, Shiloh Christian set a national record with 66 passing touchdowns for the season. Malzahn guided the Saints to back-to-back state championships in 1998 and 1999. In 2001, Malzahn took over the head coaching job at Springdale High School. He led the program to two state championship game appearances in his last four years, winning the title in 2005. His 2005 squad at Springdale went 14–0, easily won the state’s Class 5A championship and was consistently ranked among the top 10 teams in the nation. In 2013, Malzahn was inducted into the Arkansas High School Coaches Association's Hall of Fame. Malzahn joined Houston Nutt's staff in December 2005, as offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. He was part of the Razorbacks 2006 season in which they won the SEC Western Division championship. Malzahn was named the National Offensive Coordinator of the Year by Rivals.com. In 2007 Malzahn received an offer from the University of Tulsa as offensive coordinator. During the 2007 season, he emerged as one of the premier offensive coordinators in the nation, as Tulsa ranked first in the nation in total yards per game. The Golden Hurricane also ranked 3rd in the nation in passing and led their conference in scoring. Tulsa became the first team in NCAA history to have a 5,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and three 1,000-yard receivers in a single season. In 2008, Tulsa was once again the nation's most prolific attack, leading with nearly 7,980 total yards of offense averaging 570 yards per game. The Golden Hurricane were ranked second in the nation in scoring behind Oklahoma, scoring over 47 points per game. Tulsa not only ranked second in the nation in scoring that year, but also finished with the second highest scoring offense in the history of major college football. Malzahn was named the offensive coordinator at Auburn University by first year head coach Gene Chizik in December 2008. Under Malzahn, Auburn made significant improvements over the previous season's offensive production. His first season broke the Auburn single season total offense record previously set by the undefeated 2004 team. During the 2009 season, Auburn's offense under Malzahn, produced 120 plays of 15 yards or more, nearly doubling the 62 compiled in 2008. In 2010, Malzahn's offense, led by Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton at quarterback, helped Auburn achieve an undefeated record, a No. 1 national ranking after the regular season and a berth in the BCS Championship game. Malzahn was awarded the 2010 Broyles Award, recognizing him as the top assistant coach in the nation. Auburn went on to win the 2011 BCS National Championship Game against Oregon. In December 2011, Malzahn left Auburn to accept the position of head football coach at Arkansas State University. In his first and only year at Arkansas State, he led the team to a 9-3 record and a Conference Championship. In December 2012, Malzahn was named as the head coach of Auburn. Auburn would go on to win the 2013 SEC Championship and play the Florida State Seminoles in the 2014 BCS Championship Game. Auburn lost to the Seminoles by a score of 34-31. Malzahn won the prestigious 2013 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year, Sporting News College Football Coach of the Year, and Home Depot Coach of the Year Awards as well as the SEC Coach of the Year by the AP and coaches. In December 2013, it was announced that Malzahn had won the Associated Press National Coach of the Year. He is only the second coach to win the award in his first season with a new team. In January 2014 after the national championship game, Malzahn added the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award and the Bobby Bowden Coach of the Year Award to bring the total number of national coach of the year awards to six for the first year head coach in the 2013-14 season. In 2017, Malzahn led the Tigers to the SEC Championship game by defeating #2 ranked Georgia and #1 ranked Alabama over the span of three weeks. In a rematch with the Georgia Bulldogs, Auburn lost the 2017 SEC Championship Game. In 2018, Auburn went 8-5 and played in the Music City Bowl, where they defeated Purdue. Malzahn's is known for his hurry-up, no-huddle offensive philosophy. In January 2003, he published a book and instructional video titled Hurry Up No Huddle – An Offensive Philosophy, that became the blueprint for the offensive wave engulfing the state of Arkansas. Several National Football League teams adopted some of Malzahn's offensive strategies. One of the key aspects of his offense is the balance that he has between passing and running the ball.

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