Dec. 20, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- University of New Mexico Head Coach Mike Locksley announced today that Assistant Head Coach George Barlow has been promoted to Defensive Coordinator. The move comes after Defensive Coordinator Doug Mallory resigned to take a similar position at the University of Indiana. The position change for Barlow is effective immediately and a search for a secondary position coach is underway.
"George Barlow is one of the top defensive minds in college football and I'm excited to announce him as our new Defensive Coordinator," said Locksley. "He brings over 20 years of collegiate coaching experience and has won a national championship. He understands our players and has the ability to help us take the next step."
Barlow has served as the secondary coach at UNM the past two seasons and will implement a 4-2-5 defensive style. The Lobos have operated in a 4-3 scheme the last two years under Mallory.
Prior to coming to New Mexico, Barlow orchestrated a James Madison defense that ranked nationally multiple years. He helped the Dukes win the 2004 FCS National Championship and led a defensive unit that made two title game appearances.
Barlow was assistant head coach and defensive coordinator/safeties coach at James Madison for five seasons from 2004-08. He coached the defensive line at JMU in 2002-03 and the running backs from 1999-2001.
The Dukes spent most of 2008 as the top-ranked team in the Football Championship Subdivision. They finished 12-2, falling to Montana in the national semifinals. Barlow's 2008 defense ranked among the top-25 in the FCS in sacks (34) and total defense (307.1 ypg).
JMU was second in the FCS in sacks (4 per game) and fourth in rushing defense (84.8 ypg) in 2006, ranked eighth in total defense in 2005 (287.8 ypg) and was second nationally in rushing defense (86.8 ypg) in 2004.
Prior to James Madison, Barlow spent three years at Oklahoma, coaching outside linebackers and strong safeties in 1998 and he served as a defensive graduate assistant in 1996-97. Barlow was the defensive coordinator at West Virginia State in 1995 and defensive line coach at Hutchison (Kan.) Community College in 1994.
Barlow started his coaching career in 1991, spending three seasons as a defensive assistant at his alma mater, Marshall. Barlow was an all-conference safety at Marshall, where he played from 1986-90. The Thundering Herd was national runner-up in 1987.
Mallory spent two seasons at New Mexico as the Defensive Coordinator. He returns to Indiana for his third stint. After his playing career at Michigan ended, he entered the coaching ranks at Indiana as a graduate assistant under his father, Bill, in 1988. He later served as the defensive backs and special teams coach from 1994-96.
"This is a great opportunity for Doug and I wish him and his family the best," said Locksley. "He is a national championship caliber coach and helped us through a very difficult time at New Mexico. He, along with our other assistants, paved the foundation for our future success."
Mallory has 24 years of coaching experience and will join a new staff under Head Coach Kevin Wilson. The elder Mallory recorded a 69-77-3 mark in 13 years at IU from 1984-96. He led the Hoosiers to six bowl games and is the winningest football coach in Indiana history.