Terry Malone

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Terry Malone
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born Redford, Michigan
Alma mater College of the Holy Cross
Playing career
1979-1982 Holy Cross
Position(s) Tight End
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1983-1984 Arizona (GA)
1985 Holy Cross (TE)
1986-1995 Bowling Green (OC/OL/TE)
1996 Boston College (OL)
1997-2005 Michigan (OL)
2001-2005 Michigan (OC)
2002-2014 New Orleans Saints (TE)
2015 Purdue Boilermakers (TE)
2016 Purdue Boilermakers (OC/TE)
Accomplishments and honors

Terry Malone is an American football coach and former player. Malone most recently served as the offensive coordinator and tight ends coach for the Purdue Boilermakers football team.[1]

College career[edit]

Born in Buffalo, New York and was raised in Redford, Michigan, Malone attended The College of the Holy Cross and played four seasons at tight end. Malone was the Crusaders' captain as a senior. He earned a bachelor's degree in history

Coaching career[edit]

Early career (1983-1996)[edit]

Malone opened his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Arizona, under the late Larry Smith, before returning to his alma mater, Holy Cross, in 1985 to tutor the tight ends.

Malone served as offensive line coach, tight ends coach, and offensive coordinator at Bowling Green from 1986-1995, where he was a part of two squads to win MAC Championships and subsequent bowl games.

Malone spent the 1996 season as offensive line coach at Boston College.

Michigan (1997-2005)[edit]

Prior to the 2006 NCAA Division I FBS football season, Malone had been the offensive coordinator for the Michigan Wolverines football team.[2] Malone's work with tight ends has a long history. He worked at the University of Michigan from 1997-2005, including his final four seasons as the Wolverines' offensive coordinator/tight ends. During Malone's nine seasons, Michigan won five Big 10 championships and appeared in eight New Year's Day bowl games.

In his tenure as coordinator the school had 14 All-Big Ten selections and four All-Americans. The wolverines had back-to-back conference Player of the Year winners on offense (Chris Perry, 2003 and Braylon Edwards, 2004). In 2004, the offense ranked second in the Big Ten and 24th in the nation in scoring by averaging over 30 points per contest. The Wolverines were led by Remington Trophy co-recipient David Baas and Edwards, who won the Biletnikoff Award as the century's top receiver. Chad Henne became the first true freshman quarterback in Big Ten history to lead his squad to a conference title and was the first to start a Rose Bowl.

In 2003, Malone was named a finalist for the Broyles Award, recognizing the top college assistant coach. It was a fitting honor, as the Wolverines tied for 12th nationally in scoring and 15th in total offense while setting school records in every passing category. Michigan led the Big Ten in passing for the first time since 1948 and set school marks for total yards en route to the conference title.

Malone began his years at Michigan as offensive line coach, with the Wolverines winning the 1997 national title in his first season. His line allowed a conference-low 18 sacks. He remained in that position until being promoted to offensive coordinator in 2002. Michigan's front line had three NFL draft picks in 2001, including first round draft picks Steve Hutchinson and Jeff Backus and second-rounder Maurice Williams. The line paved the way for Anthony Thomas to break all of the Wolverines' rushing yardage and touchdowns records.

Two Malone-coached players were recognized as the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year: Jon Jansen (1997) and Hutchinson (2000). Hutchinson became just the fourth player in conference history to earn All-Big Ten first team honors after all four years.

New Orleans Saints (2006-2014)[edit]

Malone was the leader of a position group that has been a very productive component of an offense that has ranked among the National Football League's top units since 2006. Terry has over three decades of coaching experience, including two stints as an offensive coordinator. Saints Tight Ends Coach Terry Malone entered his ninth season in New Orleans in 2014. It was confirmed on January 3, 2015 that Malone was released by the New Orleans Saints.

Malone played a pivotal role in Graham's development as a rookie. Despite playing only one season of college football, he finished with 31 receptions for 356 yards and five touchdowns. Malone's work with Jimmy Graham over the past four years has been essential to the Saints continued success. Since being drafted in 2010, Graham has recorded 301 receptions for 3,863 yards (12.8 avg.) with 41 touchdowns and has been named to two Pro Bowls. The 41 scoring grabs are tied for fourth by an NFL player through their first four seasons. He amassed his second-highest total as a Saint with 86 receptions for 1,215 yards and a club-record and NFL-best 16 touchdowns. The touchdown grab total was the second-highest all-time at the position. The reception and yardage totals also ranked first among NFL tight ends.

Malone has also integrated 10-year NFL veteran Benjamin Watson, who made 19 receptions for 226 yards and two touchdowns, and undrafted rookie free agent Josh Hill, who had six grabs for 44 yards and one score into the Saints explosive offense. In 2010, the Saints were the only team to have three tight ends with at least 30 catches.

In 2009, Malone showed his mastery of the complex system by quickly teaching and integrating David Thomas into the offense quickly following a Week One trade. Thomas responded with 35 receptions for 356 yards with one touchdown to team with Jeremy Shockey, who had 48 receptions for 569 yards with three touchdowns, scoring two more times in the playoffs, including the go-ahead touchdown grab in Super Bowl XLIV. Both tight ends played a key role in the blocking scheme for the NFL's sixth-ranked rushing offense.


On February 22, 2015, Malone was hired as tight ends coach at Purdue University. On December 22, 2015, Malone was promoted to Offensive Coordinator after the team fired John Shoop.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Malone and his family volunteer at the Covington Food Bank and are active parishioners at the Most Holy Trinity Church in Covington. They served as operations chairs for capital campaigns at both Most Holy Trinity and St. Scholastica High School. Malone also enjoys providing faith-based motivational talks to local groups. His son, Ryan, plays football at Kent State University.


  1. ^ "New Orleans Saints - Terry Malone". 
  2. ^ Greenstein, Teddy (2006-08-24). "A Big Housecleaning - Michigan coach Lloyd Carr hopes to rebound from a 7-5 record with new offensive and defensive coordinators". Chicago Tribune. p. 10, Sports section. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  3. ^ "Purdue promotes Terry Malone to offensive coordinator". www.indystar.com. Indianapolis Star. December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 22, 2015. 

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