Joins Jankovich And Howard On Head Coach Larry Brown's Staff
Ulric Maligi (your-ick mowl-uh-ghee) is in his second season (2013-14) at SMU after breing named an assistant by Head Coach Larry Brown on May 22, 2012.
In his first season (2012-13), SMU finished 15-17. The Mustangs led Conference USA in field goal percentage defense (.395) (29th NCAA), which was the best since 1961-62. SMU also led C-USA in free throw percentage (.745) while ranking second in scoring defense (62.7). SMU's 8-1 starts and 10-5 mark in non-conference play were the best since 2006-07. The Mustangs' recruiting class also ranked as high as No. 14 nationally.
Maligi came to the Hilltop after spending two seasons (2010-2012) as an assistant coach at Houston. In his years at UH, he helped sign a pair of outstanding groups. The first class included 2011-12 Conference USA All-Freshman honoree TaShawn Thomas. The class of 2012 was ranked in the top 20, and included two top-100 signees in Danuel House and Danrad "Chicken" Knowles.
In June 2011, Maligi joined some of the most talented coaches from across the country for the NCAA and BCA Achieving Coaching Excellence (ACE) Program in Indianapolis. The ACE Program was created to prepare racial and ethnic minority basketball coaches for success as future head coaches. Maligi received training and education in leadership, communication, campus relations, media, community involvement and program management while interacting with current NCAA head coaches, director of athletics and administrators.
Prior to his time at Houston, Maligi spent three seasons (2007-10) as an assistant coach at Stephen F. Austin. Maligi helped lead the program to 23 or more wins each season, for a 73-23 (.760) combined record. The Lumberjacks competed in the 2009 NCAA Tournament after winning the Southland Conference Tournament and played in the 2008 NIT.
While at SFA, Maligi recruited Walt Harris, who was ranked in the top 75 nationally by most junior college recruiting services in 2008. Harris was named to the 2010 All-Southland Conference Third Team.
Maligi also recruited highly touted junior college transfer Jordan Glynn, who was named to the 2011 All-SLC Second Team. He coached several other All-SLC performers, including the 2008 and 2009 SLC Players of the Year in Josh Alexander and Matt Kingsley, respectively, as well as 2011 All-SLC First-Team selection Jereal Scott and 2010 All-SLC Second-Team honoree Eddie Williams. Alexander and Kingsley were also tabbed honorable mention All-America.
Before joining SFA, Maligi worked the 2006-07 season as an assistant coach at UT Arlington. While at UTA, he recruited Boston College transfer and 2009-10 SLC Player of the Year and All-America Honorable Mention Marquez Haynes, who finished third nationally with 22.6 points per game. He also recruited LaMarcus Reed to UTA, who was named First-Team All-Southland Conference in 2011-12.
From 2003 to 2006, Maligi served as head coach of the Dallas Mustangs AAU program. During his stint, the program saw more than 50 of its players sign scholarships with NCAA Division I teams, including McDonald's All-American Byron Eaton (Oklahoma State), current Minnesota Timberwolves Wesley Johnson (Syracuse) and Anthony Randolph (LSU), Sean Williams of the Boston Celtics (Boston College) and Donald Sloan of the Cleveland Cavaliers (Texas A&M).
He spent three seasons (2002-05) as a student assistant coach/video coordinator at Howard University. Breaking into the coaching ranks, Maligi assisted the Bison coaching staff in film exchange, on-campus recruiting, developing individual workout schedules, assisting academic monitoring, coordinating pregame and postgame meals, and recruiting and supervising all student managers.
Maligi, a native of Arlington, Texas, received his bachelor's degree in exercise physiology from Howard in 2006. He and his wife, the former Courtney K. Brown, were married in May of 2012.
"Ulric has a bright future as a coach," says SMU Head Coach Larry BBrown. "The level of interest in SMU is apparent in the quality of this coaching staff. They all want to be head coaches and have the ability to do so. I am fortunate to have them working with me."