Auburn's Head Football Coach
"We wanted a coach with high character. A coach with great leadership abilities that can attract a staff that would recruit and develop young men in all areas of their life... spiritually, academically, as well as athletically. He exemplifies all these characteristics."
- Pat Sullivan
Arthus Gustav "Gus" Malzahn
Coach Malzahn was born October 28, 1965. He was named the new Auburn football coach after the disasterous 2012 3-9 record led by Coach Gene Chizik. After leading Auburn's offense as the Offensive Coordinator from 2009 to 2011, Coach Malzahn left to take the head coaching position at Arkansas State. During his first stint at Auburn, he helped lead one of the most powerful offenses in Auburn football history in 2010. That year, Auburn won the Tostitos BCS National Championship by defeating the Oregon Ducks 22-19 with Heisman Trophy winner, Cam Newton, at quarterback. Malzahn received the Broyles Award for the top assistant coach in 2010.
Malzahn's first season at Auburn yielded an 11-1 regular season record with the only blemish coming from LSU in the rain at Baton Rouge 21-35. However, Auburn bounced back and won out beating #1 Alabama 34-28 in one of the most memorable Iron Bowl's in its storied history. Auburn won the SEC Western Division crown and played the Missouri Tigers for the SEC Championship in the Georgia Dome on Saturday, December 4th, and won the SEC 59-42 in a high-scoring shootout. After Michigan State defeated then #2 Ohio State, paved a clear path for Auburn to play Florida State in the Vizio BCS National Championship in the Rose Bowl on Monday, January 6, 2014. Auburn came up against Florida State 34-37 but the future is bright for Coach Malzahn's Tigers.
Malzahn's coaching career began in his home state of Arkansas at the high school level. In 14 seasons as a high school head coach, he led seven teams to the state championship game and won three titles. Malzahn coached two quarterbacks, Josh Floyd and current Auburn offensive coordinator, Rhett Lashlee, who set national passing records. Malzahn also tutored Rivals.com National Player of the Year Mitch Mustain at Springdale High School where Malzahn coached. In July 2013, he was inducted into the state of Arkansas High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Coach Malzahn is married to former Kristi Otwell and they are the proud parents of two daughters, Kylie and Kenzie.