Two new assistants, five promotions and a happy return comprise the Spartans coaching and staff changes.
David Fales threw for 547 yards and six touchdowns as the Spartans upset No. 16 Fresno State.
Terry Malley is in his sixth season on the San José State University coaching staff. In 2014, he returns to coachiing the wide receivers and continues as the team's recruiting coordinator. He previously coached the quarterbacks, running backs and tight ends in his first five seasons.
Malley specializes in nurturing young players into meaningful contributors. To date, his Spartans earned four all-conference honors, two freshman honorable mention All-America honors and set 14 school single-season and career records. Chandler Jones and Noel Grigsby, two of his wide receivers in 2011 and 2012, signed NFL free agent contracts in May 2014. Billy Freeman, the returning starter at tight end, was an honorable mention All-Mountain West choice as a freshman a year ago.
Malley came to the Spartans after spending 14 seasons with the San José SaberCats where he was regarded as one of the keenest offensive minds in Arena Football League history. In his nine seasons as the team's offensive coordinator, San José won three Arena Football League championships, led the league in scoring four times and was second four other seasons.
With 35 years of coaching experience, Malley's coaching roots are in the Bay Area. Two-year stints at San José's Leland High (1976-77) and Moreau High in Hayward (1978-79) preceded five seasons (1980-84) as an assistant coach for legendary coach Pat Malley, his dad, at Santa Clara University, his alma mater. Terry was named head coach in 1985 and led the Broncos to a 47-39-1 win-loss record over eight seasons. Six of his eight teams were nationally-ranked among NCAA Division II schools.
Malley coached 27 all-conference players including long-time National Football League pros Brent Jones, a standout tight end for the San Francisco 49ers, and two-time Pro Bowl punter Bryan Barker. He was the Western Football Conference Coach of the Year in 1985, his first season, directing Santa Clara to an 8-2-1 record and a conference championship.
His first experience in professional football came in 1994 when he was named the Director of Football Operations for the SaberCats, an Arena Football League expansion franchise. Malley added the duties of General Manager in 1995. In 1999, he returned to the field as the offensive coordinator and retained his general manager responsibilities through 2006.
As a player, Malley was a quarterback, team captain and four-year letterwinner for Santa Clara during the 1972 through 1975 seasons. The 1976 Santa Clara University graduate majored in business management. He and his wife, Leslie, have three children - Christina and sons, Patrick and Ryan.
Terry Malley facts
Born: August 6, 1954, in Killeen, Texas
2014 San Jose State University wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator
2013 San Jose State University tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator
2011-12 San Jose State University wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator
2010 San Jose State University running backs coach/recruiting coordinator
2009 San Jose State University assistant head coach for offense/quarterbacks coach
1999-2008 San Jose Sabercats offensive coordinator/assistant head coach
1995-2006 San Jose Sabercats general manager
1985-92 Santa Clara University head coach
1980-84 Santa Clara University assistant coach
1985 Western Football Conference Coach of the Year
THEY PLAYED FOR COACH MALLEY
Chandler Jones, WR - Cleveland Browns 2014 free agent
Noel Grigsby, WR - Oakland Raiders 2014 free agent
Bryan Barker, P - Played 16 NFL seasons
Rashied Davis, WR - Played 10 pro seasons
Mark Grieb, QB - Played 13 ARENA seasons
Brent Jones, TE - Played 11 NFL seasons
Scott Rislov, QB (San Jose State) - Played four pro seasons
Omarr Smith, CB (San Jose State) - Played nine pro seasons
Barry Wagner, WR - Played 16 pro seasons
Rodney Wright, WR - Played seven pro seasons