It didn't take Utah State head coach Matt Wells very long to find a replacement for Frank Maile.

Less than a week after it was reported Maile was leaving the Aggies for Vanderbilt, USU found its new defensive line coach.

Wells announced Tuesday Ikaika Malloe will replace Maile.

Malloe's hiring is pending approval from the school's Board of Trustees, but he was on the field Tuesday as the Aggies opened spring camp.

"We're really excited to add Ikaika Malloe to our staff," Wells said. "To add a guy with his experience and background in defensive line play will be a tremendous asset to our student-athletes.

His recruiting connections and his ability to train defensive linemen will only help us in our quest to win a Mountain West championship. We're excited to welcome Ikaika and his family to the Aggie football family."

Malloe has 13 years of coaching experience, including three years as a defensive coordinator and six years as a special teams coordinator.

Malloe spent the past two seasons at Portland State, where he served as the Vikings' special teams coordinator and defensive tackles coach.

"I'm very excited to join this staff and program with the direction it is headed," Malloe said. "I can't wait to become part of the success of this defensive line and I can't thank coach Maile enough for the job he's done and the players I will inherit.

"Hopefully, I can tweak things here and there that might continue the success of the defensive line. ... The Polynesian community is big here, so that had a lot to do with me wanting to come here, as well."

Prior to working at PSU, Malloe spent three years as the defensive coordinator at Yale (2009-11). In 2008, he was the special teams coordinator and defensive tackles coach at Hawaii.

From 2004-07, Malloe served as the defensive line coach at UTEP. Prior to that, he spent three years as the special teams coordinator and defensive line coach at Western Illinois.

Malloe began his coaching career at his alma mater, Washington, as a student assistant, graduate assistant and program coordinator.

"I think he's a good teacher," Wells said. "He communicates very, very well. I saw today (during practice) exactly what I saw in the interview. He's got a very different mix in that room. He's got three or four guys that have really played a lot and played really well, and then he's got some guys he has to develop. So, he's going to have a challenge on his hands because he's got two drastic ends, but it's a very talented room, too."

A 1996 graduate of Washington, Malloe earned numerous awards as a Husky defensive back. He was named the 1992 Stapp Memorial Award recipient (most inspirational on team), earned the team's hardest hitter honor for three straight years, won the 1993 Jarvis Award, was named most improved defensive back in 1994 and was named player of the week by USA Today in 1995.

A native of Waimanaio, Hawaii, Malloe and his wife, Tara, have three children: two sons, Jordan and Isaiah, and a daughter, Taylor.


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