UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis announced the hiring of Joe Mallia as assistant head coach on June 10, 2005. Mallia, who is entering is second season at UCLA, came to Westwood from Loyola College (Md.), where he was head coach for seven years.
Mallia, who is coming off five-straight NCAA Tournament appearances at Loyola, compiled an overall record of 89-45-9 in seven years. This past season, the Greyhounds outscored Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) opponents by a 26-1 margin, breaking the school single-season record for most wins (16), highest winning percentage (.800), most points (160) and goals (59). Loyola also recently captured the MAAC regular season and post-season tournament titles.
A native of Syosset, N.Y., Mallia was a goalkeeper at Old Dominion University from 1987-91, earning team MVP honors in 1990. He graduated with a degree in sports medicine, leaving ODU as the school's career leader in saves (206) and shutouts (20). He was inducted into the ODU Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.
"I am extremely pleased that Joe decided to join the UCLA staff," said Ellis. "His successful coaching experience, playing background, and strong personal qualities make him a fantastic addition to our program. I know that the players, staff and UCLA community will directly benefit from Joe's decision to be a part of the Bruin family."
Joe and his wife Amy live in Redondo Beach with their two daughters, Kaitlyn (5) and Reagan (2).