University of Tennessee at Chattanooga head football coach Russ Huesman announced the hiring of Chris Malone as the new offensive line coach, pending University approval. Malone has over 15 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level and was most recently the offensive line coach at Virginia State.
The Trojans went 9-1 last season and won the CIAA with a 7-0 league record. Offensive lineman Ronnie Rensome was a first team all-conference selection. He anchored an offensive line that allowed Trojan running backs to amass 2,207 yards, most in the league.
An Emporia, Va., native, Malone spent the previous seven years at James Madison University as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator. There he worked with current Chattanooga offensive coordinator Jeff Durden.
“We are excited about adding Chris Malone to our staff,” stated Coach Huesman. “He is very familiar with the offense we are running and his previously relationship with Coach Durden should make for an easy transition.”
At JMU, Malone coached Dorian Brooks, a 2009 Third-Team All-America and a free agent signee of the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers. In 2008, he directed an offensive front that included Rimington Award (nation's top center) winner Scott Lemn and other all-league honorees Brooks, Terrence Apted and Theo Sherman. The Dukes averaged 38.1 points and 401.4 yards, including 282.8 per game rushing.
In 2007, Malone coached an offensive front that helped JMU average 33.3 points, 410.0 yards of total offense and 265.1 yards per game rushing. JMU led the CAA in rushing and was seventh nationally, while allowing only six sacks, the fewest in the nation. In 2006, he directed the team's offensive tackles and tight ends.
Prior to James Madison, Malone coached the offensive line and tight ends in 2005 at Virginia Military Institute. He coached the offensive line at Massachusetts from 2002-04 and the tight ends there in 2001. He also was a graduate assistant offensive line coach at Virginia Tech from 1999-2000, and was offensive and defensive line coach at Fork Union Military Academy in 1998.
Malone was a four-year starter as an offensive guard at Virginia Tech, making 47 consecutive starts during his career and earning All-Big East Conference honors in 1995. He is married to the former Susan Bunting and they are the proud parents of two daughters Claire and Anna.