Ikaika Malloe will serve as UTEP's defensive line coach in 2007 -- an assignment he held in 2004 and 2005 before working with the defensive tackles last season.
Among Malloe's understudies in 2006 were seniors Justin Hanel and Zach West, who combined to make 77 stops and 13 tackles for losses. West signed a free agent contract with the New England Patriots this spring.
Malloe and the Miners were dealt a bad break four games into the 2005 season when standout tackle Chris Mineo suffered a serious ankle injury. Even without Mineo's services the remainder of the regular season, the defensive line remained highly productive.
The biggest story of the 2005 campaign was the emergence of junior end Alex Obomese, who piled up 10.5 tackles for losses and 6.5 sacks in his first year as a regular starter. He was a second team All-Conference USA pick.
UTEP ranked third in the conference in sacks with 29. The Miners picked up a WAC-high 47 sacks in 2004, their top total in 13 years.
Mineo generated eight sacks in 2004. He earned first team All-WAC honors after tallying 50 tackles, including 13 for losses. West contributed 12 tackles for losses in 2004, when he was an honorable mention All-WAC player.
Malloe joined the Miner staff after three years at Western Illinois, where he served as defensive line coach (two years) and special teams coordinator (one year). He also supervised the strength and conditioning program in 2002.
He helped the Leathernecks capture the Gateway Conference championship in 2002. His defensive line registered 33 sacks that year, the second-highest total in the Gateway Conference. The Leathernecks were also second in the league in red zone defense and opponents' third down conversions, and third in rushing defense (153.9 yards per game). Defensive lineman Brian Ceasar earned All-America honors.
Malloe spent five years as a part of the coaching staff at Washington from 1998-02 - two as program coordinator-defense, two as a defensive graduate assistant and one as a student assistant. He worked with the inside linebackers, outside linebackers and defensive line during his stay with the Huskies, with additional responsibilities in the special teams area. From 1999-01 he assisted Tim Hundley, who is currently UTEP's defensive coordinator.
He started at free safety, strong safety and outside linebacker at Washington, while seeing action on special teams. Malloe was recognized as the Huskies' hardest hitter in 1994, 1995 and 1996. He received the Bob Jarvis Award, presented to the team's most inspirational player, in 1993.
Malloe led Washington with six interceptions his sophomore year. He appeared in two Rose Bowls with the Huskies - one as a player, and one as a coach.
He was an All-State player at Kamehameha High School in Hawaii.
Malloe earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from Washington in 1996. He and his wife, Tara, have a daughter, Taylor, and two sons, Jordan and Isaiah.