USF hires FSU’s Malloy as head coach

Florida State assistant coach Chris Malloy talks to Augusta State head coach Josh Gregory during the 2010 NCAA Championship. Malloy was named head coach at South Florida on June 29.

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Chris Malloy was announced Tuesday as the new head men’s coach at South Florida. Malloy, an assistant coach at Florida State for four years, replaces Jim Fee, who was recently named USF’s director of athletic events and championships.

“To have an opportunity to compete in the Big East and to live in a place like Tampa, is an amazing opportunity,” said Malloy, 32. “I look forward to going out on the recruiting trail and getting the best possible student-athletes here to Tampa.”

Florida State won its first ACC Championship in 2008. The Seminoles led after the first round of the 2010 NCAA Championship and finished tied for third, the best finish at the national champinoship in program history.

Malloy was named the interim coach of the FSU women’s program in the spring of 2010 and presided over an outstanding season for that program. The 25th-ranked women’s team finished 10th at the NCAA Championship, the best finish in school history.

South Florida finished the season ranked No. 180 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.

Malloy played collegiately at Ole Miss and led the Rebels to a tie for 24th at the 1999 NCAA Championship.

“Chris is one of the outstanding young coaches in America and will be a tremendous addition to our staff,” said USF athletic director Doug Woolard. “He has played a critical role in building one of the nation’s best programs at Florida State, and he brings great pedigree to USF having spent the last four years working closely with one of the nation’s outstanding head coaches in Trey Jones. We intend to build a nationally-prominent program with our sights set on winning a Big East and national championship. We have found the right man to lead the way in Chris Malloy.”

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