Chip Kelly has found his new defensive coordinator to replace D’Anton Lynn, who left for the same position at USC.

Kelly announced that Ikaika Malloe would now run the defense after he spent the past 2 seasons at UCLA. He coached the Bruins’ outside linebackers in 2021, and his unit grew to include the defensive line in 2022. Malloe has 5 years of defensive coordinator experience, including 2 as co-DC at Washington.

“Ikaika has a track record of developing NFL talent on the field and outstanding young men off it,” Kelly said in a news release. “I am excited to watch this next step for him and our team.”

Malloe, a former standout defensive player at Washington, led his alma mater’s defensive line from 2016-2020 before he shifted to outside linebackers in 2021.

When Malloe joined the Bruins staff, he had 20 years of coaching experience, including 3 as a defensive coordinator and 6 as a special teams coordinator.

Before Washington, Malloe coached the defensive line at Utah State, and was also an assistant at Portland State, and from 2009-2011, Malloe spent 3 seasons as the defensive coordinator at Yale.

In 2008, he was special teams coordinator and defensive tackles coach at Hawai’i, and from 2004-07, he was defensive line coach at Texas-El Paso.

Malloe began his full-time coaching career as special teams coordinator and defensive line coach at Western Illinois.