In 1973, he signed for Stade Malherbe Caen, in the third division. In November of the same year, aged 33, he became player-manager of the Caen club, to replace Emile Rummelhardt. A year and a half later, the club won the third division and were promoted to D2. Three seasons later, Stade Malherbe were relegated. Jacques Mouilleron left the post in 1979.