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Pat Malley
Born (1931-02-28)February 28, 1931
San Francisco, California
Died May 18, 1985(1985-05-18) (aged 54)
Santa Clara, California

George Patrick Malley (February 28, 1931[1] – May 18, 1985) was an American football coach. He served as the Santa Clara University head coach from 1959 until his death in 1985.

Early life and education[edit | edit source]

Born in San Francisco, Malley graduated from St. Ignatius College Preparatory in 1949.[2] Malley then attended the University of Santa Clara, where he played at offensive guard and linebacker on the football team in 1950 and 1951 before graduating from the university in 1953.[3][4] Malley was part of the Santa Clara 1950 Orange Bowl championship team.

Coaching career[edit | edit source]

In 1952, Malley coached the Santa Clara freshman team. After graduating from Santa Clara, Malley served in the 4th Armored Division of the United States Army.[5] Malley returned to coaching in 1956 when he became head coach at his alma mater St. Ignatius Prep.[2]

Resurrecting the football program after a seven-year hiatus, the University of Santa Clara hired Malley as head coach in 1959.[3] Malley amassed a 141–100–4 record with only five losing seasons.[6] Malley also added athletic director to his duties at the university in 1965.[7]

Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News credited Malley with a revival of football at Santa Clara after the school relegated its team to the Division II level. Purdy wrote, "Malley was the grandfather or uncle who looked after everyone. The men who played for him still talk of him today in reverent tones."[8]

Malley died of cancer on May 18, 1985.[9] The Pat Malley Fitness and Recreation Center opened on the Santa Clara campus in 1999 was named in his honor. His father, George Malley, played football at Santa Clara and coached the University of San Francisco football team. His son, Terry Malley, succeeded him as Santa Clara head coach.[3][10]

Head coaching record[edit | edit source]

College[edit | edit source]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Santa Clara Broncos (NCAA College Division / Division II independent) (1959–1981)
1959 Santa Clara 4–1
1960 Santa Clara 4–3
1961 Santa Clara 3–3
1962 Santa Clara 2–6
1963 Santa Clara 6–3
1964 Santa Clara 7–2
1965 Santa Clara 8–1
1966 Santa Clara 7–2
1967 Santa Clara 8–1
1968 Santa Clara 4–5
1969 Santa Clara 6–4
1970 Santa Clara 5–4–1
1971 Santa Clara 6–4
1972 Santa Clara 4–4–1
1973 Santa Clara 4–6
1974 Santa Clara 7–3
1975 Santa Clara 6–5
1976 Santa Clara 7–4
1977 Santa Clara 2–7–1
1978 Santa Clara 5–6
1979 Santa Clara 6–3
1980 Santa Clara 9–3 L NCAA Division II Semifinal
1981 Santa Clara 2–8
Santa Clara Broncos (Western Football Conference) (1982–1984)
1982 Santa Clara 7–4 3–1 2nd
1983 Santa Clara 6–4 2–1 T–1st
1984 Santa Clara 7–4 1–2 2nd
Santa Clara: 142–100–3 6–4
Total: 142–100–3
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.

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