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Auburn names Gus Malzahn as new head coach

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Former Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn is returning to the Plains to be the Tigers' next head coach.

Auburn's Athletic Director Jay Jacobs announced Tuesday afternoon that the search committee has chosen Malzahn as the new head coach for the Auburn football team. A news conference formally announcing the decision will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Fox 6 News will stream the news conference online at

Former Auburn head coach Gene Chizik was dismissed from his position Nov. 25 the day after Auburn lost 49-0 to Alabama in the Iron Bowl, finishing the season with a 3-9 record.

Malzahn is a familiar face among Auburn's coaching staff. He was hired as an offensive coordinator for the Tigers in 2009 and in his first season, the team set a school touchdown record.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity to become the head football coach at Auburn University. It's an outstanding institution with a storied football program that I had the pleasure of experiencing first-hand for three years," Malzahn said in a release issued by the university.

"I deeply appreciate the confidence that Dr. Gogue, Jay Jacobs and the search committee had in my ability to turn this program around and to bring Auburn back to national prominence. This is a homecoming for me and I look forward to being reunited with the Auburn family," Malzahn added.

Malzahn was also the quarterbacks coach at Auburn and coached Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton during the team's 14-0 season in 2010. That season culminated in Auburn's first national championship win in 53 years. Malzahn was awarded the 2010 Frank Broyles Award, which is given to the nation's top assistant coach.

Malzahn left Auburn to accept a head coaching position at Arkansas State for the 2012 season. 

"It's a pleasure to welcome Gus back to Auburn, this time as our head football coach," Auburn University President Jay Gogue said in a release.

Athletic Director Jay Jacobs said it was Malzahn's outstanding record as a coach "at every level" that impressed the search committee.

His resume also includes two seasons coaching at Tulsa and one at Arkansas, plus 14 years of coaching high school footbal. During his high school coaching days, Malzahn led seven teams to the state championship game and brought back three titles.

"Gus Malzahn is a proven winner," Jacobs said. "He is without question one of the brightest minds in college football and he has won everywhere he has been. Coach Malzahn knows what it takes to build a championship program in the Southeastern Conference. He knows our state and region and he understands what it will take to turn our program around. Coach Malzahn will also be an outstanding ambassador for Auburn University, and that was important to the committee."

Malzahn and his wife Kristi have two daughters, Kylie and Kenzie. He is from Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Auburn University provided the following facts about Gus Malzahn:


Born: Oct. 28, 1965 in Irving, Texas

Hometown: Fort Smith, Ark.

Wife: former Kristi Otwell

Children: daughters, Kylie, 23 and Kenzie, 20

Education: Henderson State, B.A. 1990

Playing Experience: Arkansas (1984-85, WR), Henderson State (1988-89, WR/P)


Coaching Experience

2012: Arkansas State, Head Coach

2009-11: Auburn, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach

2007-08: Tulsa, Assistant Head Coach, Co-Offensive Coordinator

2006: Arkansas, Offensive Coordinator

2001-05: Springdale (Ark.) High School, Head Coach

1996-00: Shiloh Christian (Ark.) High School, Head Coach

1992-95: Hughes High School (Ark.), Head Coach


Bowl Experience

Coach—2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl

Coach—2011 BCS National Championship Game

Coach—2010 Outback Bowl

Coach—2008 GMAC Bowl

Coach—2007 Capital One Bowl

Player—1985 Holiday Bowl

Player—1984 Liberty Bowl


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