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Former Rebel standout golfer Chris Malloy is in his fourth season as the Ole Miss men's golf head coach.
Through three seasons as head coach, Malloy has led Ole Miss to five tournament titles as a team to go along with nine wins by individual Rebels. Under Malloy’s tutelage, Braden Thornberry became the first national champion in Ole Miss Golf history and earned the 2017 Fred Haskins Award (nation’s most outstanding collegiate golfer).
Malloy coached Ole Miss to four tournament victories during the 2016-17 season as the Rebels earned a berth to a NCAA Regional for the second time in the last three years. The team won the Franklin American Mortgage Company Intercollegiate at the Grove (Nashville, Tennessee), the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic (Atlanta, Georgia) and the Princeville Warrior Invitational (Kauai, Hawaii) last fall before claiming the Lamkin San Diego Classic (San Diego, California) in the spring. In two of those wins, Ole Miss shot 831 as a team for the second-best tournament score (54 holes) in school history. Following a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Regional in Austin, Texas, the Rebels advanced to the NCAA National Championship for the first time in 16 seasons. There, Thornberry used an 11-under 277 over four rounds to capture the individual national title.
In his first season back in Oxford in 2014-15, Malloy guided the Rebels to their first NCAA appearance since 2011 with a trip to the NCAA Regional in Rancho Santa Fe, California. Ole Miss finished 12th in the
USF advanced to its second-straight NCAA regional under Malloy and just the third in school history after a fourth-place finish at the American Athletic Conference Championships. The Bulls finished the season ranked No. 33 in the nation by
In 2013, Malloy guided a young group of Bulls to the school's first-ever BIG EAST tournament championship earning BIG EAST Coach of the Year honors. USF advanced to the NCAA Tallahassee Regional and came within one stroke of a berth to the NCAA championship rounds, falling to Oklahoma in a playoff.
In his first season in Tampa, the Bulls equaled their best-ever finish at the BIG EAST Championships with a tie for fourth place, earned four top-six tournament finishes and improved their stroke average from 308.3 in four fall tournaments to 298.5 in five spring events.
In year two, Malloy helped USF to the nation's largest gain in the national rankings, leading the Bulls to be named Golfweek Magazine's Fastest Rising Program. South Florida posted seven top-10 finishes, including three in the top five.
Prior to arriving at USF, Malloy spent four seasons as an assistant at Florida State where he played a significant role in the rise of the FSU men's program. The Seminoles won their first-ever ACC golf championship in 2008, and, after leading at the end of the first round, finished third in the NCAA Championships in 2010, the best finish in program history. The Seminoles were ranked in the nation's top 15 during the first two years of his coaching career, and Florida State's team stroke average dropped to a 15-year low 72.77 in 2008.
At FSU, he was the designated on-course coach for the Seminoles numerous times during the 2007-10 seasons including during the third round of the 2007 NCAA Championship finals as Florida State won a three-team playoff and advanced to the top 15 in the standings, moving on to the final round.
In 2010, the `Noles defeated seven teams ranked ahead of them in the national rankings to win the Bryan Park Collegiate team championship under Malloy's watch. The following week, FSU won the Pinehurst Challenge for its second consecutive team win, a feat that had not been accomplished at FSU in almost 30 years.
Malloy was named the interim assistant coach of the women's program in the spring of 2010 and presided over an outstanding season for that program that included a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
Both the men's and women's programs were also recognized by the NCAA with a perfect APR (Academic Progress Rate) score for the period of 2006-2009.
Malloy was selected as one of five finalists for the 2010 Jan Strickland Award presented by TaylorMade-Adidas golf as the National Men's Assistant Golf Coach of the Year. The Strickland Award is presented to the NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA or NJCAA assistant coach that has excelled in working with their student-athletes both on the course and in the classroom.
In his career as an assistant, Malloy produced four All-Americans, four All-ACC selections and one ACC individual champion, including the 2010 ACC Player of the Year, sophomore Brooks Koepka.
Malloy was a standout golfer at Ole Miss from 1999-2000, leading the Rebels to a 24th-place finish at the NCAA Championships in 1999 and an 11th-place finish at the NCAA East Regional in 2000.
A two-year letterman and team captain for Ole Miss, Malloy earned his bachelor's degree in hotel and restaurant management in 2001 and was named to the UMAA Academic Honor Roll during his time as a Rebel.
He married the former Danielle Bartlett in June 2008 and they have a daughter, Kaylee, and a son, Cash.
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