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Former IU football Coach Bill Mallory dies at age 82



Mallory 1991 Arbutus

Former IU Coach Bill Mallory celebrates in 1991 after Purdue's place kicker, Joe O'Leary, missed a field goal, an error which sent the Hoosiers to the Copper Bowl.​ Mallory died Friday at the age of 82. Arbutus File Photo Buy Photos

Former IU football Coach Bill Mallory died Friday at the age of 82.

Mallory had been placed in hospice care Thursday after undergoing brain surgery due to a fall he sustained Tuesday, according to his son, Indiana State football Coach Curt Mallory.

Mallory’s son tweeted out the news of his father's death Friday.

“Bill Mallory, beloved husband, father, grandfather, coach and friend, passed away peacefully Friday, May 25, 2018,” Curt said in a post on Twitter. “He was surrounded by his extended family these last days with love, gratitude and celebration.”



Mallory will be remembered as a coach who turned around the IU football program during his stint in Bloomington, which lasted from 1984 to 1996.

He ended his coaching career as the program's all-time winningest head coach with 69 total wins. He still owns that record today. 


Former IU Coach Bill Mallory gets soaked by his players after IU beat the Purdue Boilermakers for the Old Oaken Bucket in 1987. Mallory took IU to six bowl game appearances during his 13 seasons as head coach. Arbutus File Photo Buy Photos


Throughout a career that saw head coaching stops at IU, Miami (OH), Colorado and Northern Illinois, Mallory finished with 168 career wins.

After he took over for former Coach Sam Wyche, Mallory began his IU coaching career with a winless season in 1984. Within two years, he had the Hoosiers in a bowl game, leading to him being the first coach to be named back-to-back Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1986 and 1987.

Mallory would end up taking the Hoosiers to six total bowl game appearances during his 13 seasons at the helm. They would win two of those, defeating South Carolina in the 1988 Liberty Bowl and Baylor in the 1991 Copper Bowl. 


Former IU Coach Bill Mallory and the Hoosiers take the field before a game against Navy in 1986. Mallory won 168 games as a collegiate head coach. IU Archives Buy Photos


After his coaching career ended in 1996, Mallory would be inducted into the IU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002. Along with that honor, he is also a member in the hall of fames at Miami (OH) and the Mid-American Athletic Conference. 

Along with his son Curt carrying on his father’s coaching legacy at Indiana State, one of Mallory’s sons, Doug, served as IU’s defensive coordinator for former Coach Kevin Wilson for three seasons.

A number of officials within the IU football community shared statements concerning Mallory's death in a press release from IU Athletics.

"The entire Indiana University family is deeply saddened by the passing of Bill Mallory," IU Athletic Director Fred Glass said in the release. "Bill was not only a Hall of Fame football coach, but also an extraordinary man who has had an immeasurable impact on countless individuals throughout the course of his career and life."


IU's 1991 Copper Bowl​ shutout of Baylor was former IU football Coach Bill Mallory's second bowl victory with the Hoosiers. Mallory died May 25 at the age of 82. Arbutus File Photo Buy Photos


Current IU Coach Tom Allen also expressed how important he thinks Mallory was to the program.

"Coach Mallory is not the greatest coach in the history of IU Football because of all the games that he won," Allen said. "It is because of the kind of man that he was and the kind of person that he was in the hearts of his players. He did a tremendous job molding them into men. In my mind, he is and will always be what Indiana University Football is all about."

A visitation for Mallory will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, June 1, at Allen Funeral Home and Crematory at 4155 South Old State Road 37 in Bloomington.

Memorial services for Mallory will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 2, at the First United Methodist Church at 219 E 4th St. in Bloomington. 

A celebration of life service will then take place at 1:30 p.m. the same day at Memorial Stadium.

The event is open to the public. The East Gates will open at 12:30 p.m. Parking is available and free in Gates 4 and 12.

Cameron Drummond and Murphy Wheeler 

An earlier version of this article said Bill Mallory was 83. He was 82. The IDS regrets this error.

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