It was reported earlier in the week that defensive assistant coach Ikaika Malloe was on his way to Westwood.

On Wednesday, UCLA officially announced that it had hired Malloe as a defensive assistant coach. He’ll work as an analyst for the Bruins through their Holiday Bowl game and then begin in his on-field capacity. Malloe joins the Bruins staff with 20 years of coaching experience, including three as a defensive coordinator and six as a special teams coordinator, under his belt.

“I’ve been very impressed to watch Ikaika as a coach and with 20 years of experience, he is a strong addition to our defensive staff,” head coach Chip Kelly said in a press release from the program. “While being a smart leader on the field, he’ll also be a great mentor to our student-athletes in the classroom and off the field. I am thrilled to welcome him to the UCLA family.”

Malloe, 46, most recently served on Jimmy Lake’s Washington staff as co-defensive coordinator/outside linebackers coach, but his presence with the Huskies dates back six years and spans to former coach Chris Petersen’s staff. Malloe has also coached the defensive line.

He played outside linebacker at Washington and then worked as a grad assistant on staff.  Since, he has held coaching positions on the defensive side of the ball at Western Illinois, UTEP, Hawaii, Portland State, Utah State, and Yale. He is known as an excellent recruiter and a strong developer of talent in the front seven.