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Pronunciation: YUR-ick MAL-uh-ghee

An assistant coach under Chris Beard at Texas Tech for the previous two seasons, Ulric Maligi has been named Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at The University of Texas. The 36-year-old Maligi brings 14 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Texas staff. - During the recently completed 2020-21 season, the Red Raiders posted an 18-11 mark (9-8 Big 12) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round. Texas Tech earned a 65-53 win over Utah State in the NCAA First Round before falling to Arkansas, 68-66. The Red Raiders were ranked in The AP Top 25 throughout the entire season for the first time in program history, reaching as high as No. 7 in February and sitting at No. 21 in the final poll. Texas Tech led the Big 12 in scoring defense (63.2 ppg) and held 13 of its 29 opponents below 60 points. The quartet of Mac McClung (second team), Terrence Shannon Jr. (third team), Kyler Edwards (honorable mention) and Kevin McCullar (honorable mention) earned All-Big 12 honors, while McClung claimed spots on the NABC and USWBA all-district teams. In addition, a school-record six players garnered Academic All-Big 12 team recognition. Maligi was instrumental in Texas Tech securing a recruiting class in 2020 that ranked No. 7 nationally by Rivals and No. 9 by 247 Sports. The class, highlighted by Micah Peavy, a Jordan Brand All-American, also included some of the top transfers in Division I, including Mac McClung (Georgetown) and Marcus Santos-Silva (VCU). In the shortened 2019-20 season (COVID-19), Texas Tech posted an 18-13 record and tied for third in the Big 12 with a 9-9 league mark. The Red Raiders defeated No. 1 Louisville 70-57 at the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden and registered an 88-42 home win against TCU, marking the largest margin of victory (46 points) in Big 12 play in program history. Jahmi’us Ramsey (second team) and Davide Moretti (honorable mention) earned All-Big 12 honors, while Ramsey and Shannon claimed spots on the Big 12 All-Freshman team. Following the season, Ramsey was selected No. 43 overall in the 2020 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. Prior to his time at Texas Tech, Maligi spent three years as an assistant coach at Texas A&M (2016-19). The Aggies registered a 22-13 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 during the 2017-18 season. Texas A&M defeated Providence and North Carolina in the first and second rounds before falling to Michigan in the Sweet 16. The 86-65 win over the second-seeded Tar Heels in the Round of 32 marked the second-largest margin of victory by the Aggies in their NCAA Tournament history. Robert Williams was selected No. 27 overall in the 2018 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. Maligi worked as the national scouting director for John Lucas Enterprises in Houston for one year (2015-16). In his role, he helped identify, evaluate and skill train talented players from across the country. Maligi also served as the camp director for all of Coach John Lucas’ fifth-thru-12th grade camps and mentored student-athletes who participated in the drug rehab program. He spent three seasons (2012-15) as an assistant coach under legendary college and NBA head coach Larry Brown at SMU. Following his first year on staff, Maligi helped the Mustangs ink a recruiting class that ranked No. 14 nationally by Rivals. SMU posted a 27-10 record and advanced to the NIT championship game in the 2013-14 season. The Mustangs appeared in The AP Top 25 in four of the last five regular-season polls, marking the program’s first AP ranking since the 1984-85 season. SMU tied for the third-best turnaround in Division I with a plus-12-win total from the previous year (15-17 record in 2012-13). During the 2014-15 season, the Mustangs registered a 27-7 record, won the inaugural American Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1992-93. Three SMU players who signed during Maligi’s time in Dallas were later selected in the NBA Draft, including Sterling Brown (No. 46 by Milwaukee in 2017), Semi Ojeleye (No. 37 by Boston in 2017) and Shake Milton (No. 54 by Dallas in 2018). Maligi worked as an assistant coach at the University of Houston for two seasons (2010-12). UH’s 2011 recruiting class included TaShawn Thomas, an ESPN top-100 recruit who earned C-USA All-Freshman team honors in 2011-12 and All-C-USA first-team honors in 2012-13. The Cougars’ 2012 recruiting class was ranked in the top 20 nationally and featured a pair of ESPN top-100 signees in Danrad “Chicken” Knowles and 2012-13 C-USA Freshman of the Year Danuel House. In June 2011, Maligi participated in the NCAA and BCA Achieving Coaching Excellence (ACE) Program in Indianapolis. The ACE Program was created to prepare racial and ethnic minority basketball coaches for success as future head coaches. Maligi received training and education in leadership, communication, campus relations, media, community involvement and program management while interacting with current NCAA head coaches, directors of athletics and administrators. Prior to his time at Houston, Maligi spent three seasons (2007-10) as an assistant coach at Stephen F. Austin. During his time at SFA, the Lumberjacks registered an overall record of 73-23 (.760) and won at least 23 games in each of his three years. SFA participated in the postseason NIT in the 2007-08 season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament after winning the Southland Conference Tournament title in 2008-09. Maligi accepted the job of assistant coach at UTA for the 2006-07 season when he was 21 years old, making him the youngest Division I assistant coach in the country at the time. A native of Arlington, Texas, he began his coaching career as the head manager during his undergraduate time at Howard University. In his role, he assisted the coaching staff with film breakdown, on-campus recruiting and academic monitoring while supervising the staff of student managers. Maligi earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology, cum laude, from Howard University in 2006. He is married to Dr. Courtney B. Maligi.




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