Gus Malzahn

Head Coach
Second Season
Overall: 12-2

Gus Malzahn
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Gus Malzahn has had an incredible first season as head coach at Auburn, leading the Tigers to the BCS National Championship Game, the SEC Championship and a 12-1 record en route to being named the National Coach of the Year.

Malzahn, who served as Auburn's offensive coordinator from 2009-11, is coaching in his second BCS National Championship Game in four years. The Tigers won the title in 2010 behind Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton.

Malzahn is 21-4 in his second season as a head coach after winning the Sun Belt Conference with a 9-3 record at Arkansas State last season. His 12-1 start at Auburn is the second-best for a new Auburn coach.

Auburn is tied for the biggest turnaround in college football history in NCAA records at +8.5 games as Malzahn turned a 3-9 season with a total offense ranked 117th out of 124 teams prior to his arrival into a 12-1 record.

A finalist for the 2013 Maxwell, Liberty Mutual and Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year awards, Malzahn was named SEC Coach of the Year by the Associated Press.

Just the third coach in SEC history to win an SEC title in his first year at a school, Malzahn joins LSU's Bernie Moore in 1935 and Ole Miss' John Vaught in 1947.

Malzahn has won or played for a conference title in six of his eight seasons as a college coach, including winning a conference crown in three of the last four seasons with Auburn in 2010 and 20013 and Arkansas State in 2012.

He has produced 11 1,000-yard rushers in eight seasons as a college head coach/coordinator, at least one in each season, with Tre Mason (1,621) and Nick Marshall (1,023) this year.

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.

This season, Auburn leads the nation rushing for 335.7 yards per game, ranks eighth nationally in yards per play on offense at 7.03 yards and leads the nation with 215 rushing first downs. Auburn has currently scored 30 points in nine consecutive games for the first time in school history.

The Tigers are ranked 11th in total offense with 505.3 yards per game, 12th in scoring offense with 40.2 points per game, 13th with 309 first downs and 19th in red zone offense efficiency (51-of-57, .895).

The Tigers set a school record with 45 rushing touchdowns on the season, 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. Auburn set a school record with 1,955 yards total offense in a three-game span vs. Western Carolina (712), at No. 7 Texas A&M (615) and vs. Florida Atlantic (628).

Junior Tre Mason, a Heisman Trophy finalist and SEC Player of the Year, ranks third in the nation with 22 touchdowns, is sixth nationally with 1,621 yards rushing, sixth with 10.6 points per game, eighth with 164.38 all-purpose yards per game and ninth with 124.7 rushing yards per game. Mason set the Auburn single-season record with 2,137 all-purpose yards, is second with 283 rushing attempts and third with 1,621 yards. 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.

Wide receiver Sammie Coates ranks second in the nation with 22.13 yards per reception with 38 catches for 841 yards and seven touchdowns.

Malzahn, who won the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach in 2010 while helping the Tigers to the BCS National Championship, 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. He was named the program's 26th head football coach on December 4, 2012. Known for his innovative offensive style, Malzahn has made a profound impact during each of his coaching stops at the collegiate level: Auburn, Arkansas State, Tulsa and Arkansas.

Last season at Arkansas State, Malzahn led the Red Wolves to a 9-3 record and 7-1 conference mark, including a seven-game winning streak The Red Wolves defeated Middle Tennessee, 45-0, on Dec. 1 to claim the Sun Belt Championship and a berth in the Bowl on Jan. 6.

A product of Fort Smith, Ark., Malzahn's ASU offense was in the top 25 nationally in nearly every offensive category entering the bowl game, ranking 17th in total offense (481.8 ypg) and 21st in scoring offense (36.4 ppg) and rushing offense (217.4 ypg). Led by record-setting quarterback Ryan Aplin, who was named Sun Belt Player of the Year, the Red Wolves' offense was 13th nationally in passing efficiency (155.39 rating) and averaged 217.4 yards per game passing. 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 championship since 1957.

The 2010 Auburn offense set nine school records, including points in a season (577), points per game (41.2), total yards (6,989), total offense (499.2), rushing yards (3,987), rushing touchdowns (41) and passing touchdowns (31). Malzahn's record-setting offense in 2010 led the Southeastern Conference and finished in the top 10 nationally in six statistical categories.

He coached Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton during the Tigers' run to the 2011 BCS National Championship. Under Malzahn's guidance, quarterback Newton 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 on the ground en route to becoming the third Heisman winner in school history.

Newton, the No. 1 overall draft pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, also won the school's first-ever Davey O'Brien Award and Manning Award, given to the nation's top quarterback. He also claimed the Maxwell Award, presented annually to college football's top player, while also earning Associated Press National Player of the Year and SEC Offensive Player of the Year awards.

Newton became just the third player in FBS history to record 20 rushing and passing touchdowns in a single season and the first player in SEC history to throw for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a single season.

He helped lead the Tigers to an 8-5 record in 2011, which included a victory in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The Malzahn-led Auburn offense had four players named to the All-SEC Team.

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. It also took Auburn just six games in 2009 to score more points than it did in all 12 games in 2008.

The striking numbers shouldn't have come as a surprise, as during Malzahn's two seasons at Tulsa, his offenses there were also among the nation's finest, ranking first nationally in total offense in 2007 and 2008.

Tulsa's offense in 2007 established nine team school records and 12 individual records. The Hurricane also set nine Conference USA team records, while Tulsa quarterback Paul Smith broke an NCAA record by throwing for at least 300 yards in 14 consecutive games.

The 2008 Tulsa offense averaged 569.9 yards per game and was second nationally averaging 47.2 points per games. Prior to his time at Tulsa, Malzahn coached one season at Arkansas, as offensive coordinator, coaching Heisman Trophy runner-up Darren McFadden and helping the Razorbacks finish fourth nationally in rushing offense at 228.5 yards per game. ?Two of Malzahn's first three collegiate offenses ranked in the top 10 nationally in rushing, including the 2008 Tulsa team and 2006 Arkansas squad. During Malzahn's one season at Arkansas in 2006, the Razorbacks finished with a 10-4 record and were SEC West Division Champions.

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. Malzahn coached two quarterbacks, Josh Floyd and current Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, who set national passing records. Malzahn also tutored 2005 Gatorade, Parade Magazine and National Player of the Year Mitch Mustain at Springdale High School.

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.  

 Coach Malzahn
 Hometown  Fort Smith, Ark.
 College  Henderson State
 Family  wife, Kristi
 daughters, Kylie & Kenzie
 Quick Facts
 As of March 21, 2014
 Seasons at AU  Second Season
 Overall Record  12-2 (.857) - 14 Games
 SEC Record  8-1 (.888) - 9 Games*
 vs. Non-Conference  4-1 (.800) - 5 Games
 vs. Ranked Teams  5-2 (.714) - 7 Games
 Record Home  8-0 (1.000) - 8 Games
 Record Away  3-1 (.750) - 4 Games
 Record Neutral  1-1 (.500) - 2 Games
 Record Bowls  0-1 (.000) - 1 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.
 2014  Auburn  Head Coach  -
 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
 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