Mississippi alum Chris Malloy has been named the men’s head golf coach of the Rebels on Monday.
“I am extremely excited to return to my alma mater (2001) as the head coach of this program,” Malloy said. “Anyone that has ever been to Oxford knows how special of a place it truly is. There is no other college town like it in the country. Anyone that knows me can also attest to my passion for Ole Miss athletics as well. This is an opportunity of a lifetime for me and my family and I am extremely excited to get back home and win a national championship as a Rebel.”
Malloy heads to Ole Miss after stints at South Florida (head coach, 2010-14) and Florida State (assistant coach, 2006-2010).
At South Florida, he led the Bulls to their first Big East Conference title in 2013 while being named the Big East Coach of the Year. Chase Koepka was named Big East Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year under Malloy.
In 2014, South Florida joined the American Athletic Conference and finished fourth in the conference championship. The Bulls finished 10th at the NCAA San Antonio Regional. Malloy and South Florida finished 33rd in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.
“It is extremely difficult to walk away from a group of guys that I consider my family,” Malloy said of leaving South Florida. “We have had a great run over the last couple of years and this is a very special group. I look forward to watching them continue to rewrite the record books for many years to come. I want to also thank USF for giving me my first opportunity as a head coach. This is a first class organization.”
During his playing days at Mississippi, Malloy led the Rebels to a 24th-place finish at the NCAA Championship 1999 and an 11th-place finish at the NCAA East Regional in 2000 as a two-year letter winner and team captain.