As UCLA head coach Chip Kelly looks to fill the hole left by Jason Kaufusi, his outside linebackers coach who left this winter to take a job on Arizona’s overhauled defensive staff, the expectation is that he too will pull an assistant from the Pac-12 ranks to fill a need.

According to The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman, former Washington outside linebackers coach Ikaika Malloe is expected to be the next Bruin OLB coach.


Bruin Report Online recently reported that Malloe was on UCLA’s campus last week. He 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.

Kelly has needs for both, with Johnny Nansen leaving UCLA to be the new Arizona defensive coordinator, though Malloe will reportedly only handle outside linebacker duties.

Malloe, 46, 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.