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Gus Malzahn

Head Coach
Third Season
Overall: 20-7
 

Gus Malzahn
 
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In two years as head coach at Auburn, Gus Malzahn has led the Tigers to a 20-7 record and two January bowl games, including a Southeastern Conference Championship and an appearance in the BCS National Championship Game in 2013.
 
Named the 2013 National Coach of the Year after leading the Tigers to a 12-2 record and one of the most memorable seasons in school history, Malzahn's second squad finished 8-5 record after navigating the nation's most difficult schedule.
 
In 2014, Auburn faced 11 teams that were bowl eligible, with five road games against ranked opponents. One of the most innovative offensive minds in football, Malzahn's high-powered offense has accounted for an average of 493.4 yards total offense and 37.6 points per game over two seasons.
 
Malzahn, 29-10 in three seasons as a head coach, has won or played for a conference title in six of his nine seasons as a college coach, including winning a conference crown in three of the last five seasons with Auburn in 2010 and 2013 and Arkansas State in 2012. He became just the third coach in SEC history to win an SEC title in his first year at a school, joining LSU's Bernie Moore in 1935 and Ole Miss' John Vaught in 1947.
 
The 2013 Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden, Eddie Robinson, Home Depot, Sporting News, SB Nation, Liberty Mutual and Associated Press National Coach of the Year, Malzahn earned SEC Coach of the Year honors after guiding Auburn to the biggest turnaround in SEC history.
 
He has produced 12 1,000-yard rushers in nine seasons as a college head coach/coordinator, at least one in each season, including Heisman Trophy finalist Tre Mason (1,816) and Nick Marshall (1,068) in 2013 and Cameron-Artis Payne (1,608) in 2014. Malzahn has also had five 1,000-yard receivers and three 3,000-yard passers. He has had two 1,000-yard rushers in the same season three times: 2013 (Auburn), 2010 (Auburn) and 2006 (Arkansas). His 2007 Tulsa team had three 1,000-yard receivers.
 
In 2013, Auburn led the nation in rushing at 328.3 yards per game (the first SEC team ever to do so), and the have been the SEC's top rushing team over the last two years, averaging 293.2 yards a contest.
 
Auburn was just the second team in SEC history to gain more than 7,000 yards total offense in a season in 2013, finishing the year with 7,018 yards; the other was Texas A&M in 2012.
 
The Tigers set a school record with 48 rushing touchdowns in 2013 and set a school record against SEC opponents with 677 yards of total offense vs. No. 5 Missouri in the SEC Championship Game. The Tigers set SEC Championship Game team records for rushing 26 first downs, 74 rushing attempts, 545 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns.
 
Tre Mason, a Heisman Trophy finalist and SEC Player of the Year in 2013, ranked third in the nation with 23 touchdowns, was fifth nationally with 1,816 yards rushing, sixth with 10.7 points per game, sixth with 169.57 all-purpose yards per game and eighth with 129.7 rushing yards per game.
 
Mason set the Auburn single-season record with 1,816 rushing yards and 2,374 all-purpose yards, is second with 317 rushing attempts. His 46 rushing attempts and 304 rushing yards vs. No. 5 Missouri set SEC Championship Game records and fell three yards shy of the Auburn record.
 
Four Auburn players were taken in the 2014 NFL Draft, including two first round picks; offensive tackle Greg Robinson No. 2 overall to the St. Louis Rams and defensive end Dee Ford No. 23 to the Kansas City Chiefs. Mason was a third round selection by the Rams while fullback Jay Prosch was a sixth round pick by the Houston Texans.
 
In his two seasons at Auburn, Malzahn has coached three All-Americans: running back Tre Mason and return specialist Chris Davis in 2012 and center Reese Dismukes in 2013 who was also named the Rimington Award winner as the nation's top center.
 
Malzahn, who won the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach in 2010 while helping the Tigers to the national title, returned to Auburn after serving as the head coach at Arkansas State in 2012, where he led the program to the Sun Belt Conference title.
 
As offensive coordinator, Malzahn made an immediate impact during his tenure at Auburn, highlighted by a record-setting offense in 2010 when the Tigers finished 14-0 and claimed the school's first national title since 1957.
 


 
 Coach Malzahn
 Hometown  Fort Smith, Ark.
 College  Henderson State
 Family  wife, Kristi
 daughters, Kylie & Kenzie
 
 
 Quick Facts
 As of January 1, 2015
 Seasons at AU  Second Season
 Overall Record  20-7 (.741) - 27 Games
 SEC Record  12-5 (.706) - 17 Games*
 vs. Non-Conference  8-2 (.800) - 10 Games
 vs. Ranked Teams  8-6 (.571) - 14 Games
 Record Home  14-1 (.933) - 15 Games
 Record Away  5-4 (.556) - 9 Games
 Record Neutral  1-2 (.333) - 3 Games
 Record Bowls  0-2 (.000) - 2 Games
 
* includes SEC Championship Game 

 Coaching History
 2013-Present  Auburn - Head Coach
 2012  Arkansas State - Head Coach
 2009-2011  Auburn - Offensive Coord.
 2007-2008  Tulsa - Offensive Coord.
 2006  Arkansas - Offensive Coord.
 
 
 Coaching Record
 Year  School  Title  Rec.
 2015  Auburn  Head Coach  0-0
 2014  Auburn  Head Coach  8-5
 2013  Auburn  Head Coach  12-2
 2012  Ark. State  Head Coach  9-3
 2011  Auburn  Off. Coord.  8-5
 2010  Auburn  Off. Coord.  14-0
 2009  Auburn  Off. Coord.  8-5
 2008  Tulsa  Off. Coord.  11-3
 2007  Tulsa  Off. Coord.  10-4
 2006
 
 Arkansas  Off. Coord.  10-4
 
"Coach Malzahn was our choice because he is a proven winner who has been successful at every level. He is one of the brightest minds in college football and he knows what it takes to build a championship program at Auburn."
 
- Athletics Director Jay Jacobs
 
"He's a person that you can trust with any type of situation. He has his door open for anybody. But as a coach, he is a person that demands greatness."
 
- Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton
 
"We wanted a coach with high character, a coach with great leadership abilities that can attract a staff that would recruit and develop young men in all areas of their life, spiritually, academically, as well as athletically. He exemplifies all these characteristics."
 
- Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan
 
 

Malzahn's arrival in 2009 and style of offense marked a drastic turnaround from the 2008 season when Auburn struggled offensively. In a two-year period, the Tigers improved from a tie for 110th to seventh in the nation in scoring offense (from 17.3 to 41.2) and from 104th to seventh in total offense.
 
The 2010 Auburn offense set nine school records, while leading the SEC and finished in the top 10 nationally in six statistical categories. He coached Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, who had one of the best single-season performances at the position in college football history. Newton threw for 2,908 yards and 30 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,586 yards and 20 TDs. Newton, the No. 1 overall draft pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, also won the Davey O'Brien, Manning and Maxwell Awards.
 
During two seasons (2007-08) at Tulsa, Malzahn's offenses were among the nation's finest, ranking first nationally in total offense. Tulsa's offense in 2007 established nine team and 12 individual school records; the 2008 Tulsa offense averaged 569.9 yards per game and was second nationally averaging 47.2 points per games.
 
Malzahn spent one season at Arkansas as offensive coordinator, coaching Heisman Trophy runner-up Darren McFadden and helping the SEC West champion Razorbacks finish fourth nationally in rushing offense.
 
Malzahn's coaching career began in his home state of Arkansas at the high school level. In 14 seasons as a high school head coach, Malzahn led seven teams to the state championship game and won three titles. In July 2013, he was inducted into the Arkansas High School Sports Hall of Fame.
 
Malzahn is married to the former Kristi Otwell and they are the parents of two daughters, Kylie and Kenzie.
 
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