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Ulric Maligi served as an assistant coach at the University of Houston from 2010 to 2012. He assisted in all coaching aspects with the Cougars, including practices, recruiting and scouting opponents.
During his first season with the Cougars, Maligi assisted in the development of the team's backcourt. Guard Zamal Nixon ranked among the Conference USA top-five individual leaders in four categories and placed third nationally with a 92.2 free throw percentage.
Following the season, Maligi played a key role in the Cougars' impressive seven-man recruiting class.
In June 2011, Maligi joined some of the most talented coaches from across the country for the NCAA and BCA Achieving Coaching Excellence Program in Indianapolis.
The ACE Program was created to prepare racial and ethnic minority basketball coaches for success as future head coaches.
Maligi - along with Houston women's assistant coaches Ravon Justice and Leah Foster - received training and education in leadership, communication, campus relations, media, community involvement and program management while interacting with current NCAA head coaches, director of athletics and administrators.
In three seasons at SFA, Maligi helped lead the program to at least 23 wins each season and a combined 73-23 (.760) combined record. The Lumberjacks competed in two postseason tournaments, including the 2008 NCAA Tournament after winning the Southland Conference Tournament.
Although SFA did not play in the 2010 postseason, the Lumberjacks finished with a 23-9 overall record after falling in the SLC Tournament championship game to Sam Houston State.
While at SFA, Maligi recruited Walt Harris, who was ranked in the top 75 nationally by most junior college recruiting services in 2008. Harris was named to the 2010 All-Southland Conference Third Team.
Maligi also recruited highly touted junior college transfer Jordan Glynn, who was named to the 2011 All-SLC Second Team.
He also coached several other All-SLC performers, including the 2008 and 2009 SLC Players of the Year in Josh Alexander and Matt Kingsley, respectively, as well as 2011 All-SLC First-Team selection Jereal Scott and 2010 All-SLC Second-Team honoree Eddie Williams. Alexander and Kingsley each also received All-America Honorable Mention.
Before joining SFA, Maligi worked the 2006-07 season as an assistant coach at UT Arlington. While at UTA, he recruited Boston College transfer and 2009-10 SLC Player of the Year and All-America Honorable Mention Marquez Haynes, who finished third nationally with 22.6 points per game. (Haynes trailed only Houston's Aubrey Coleman, 25.6 ppg, and Lipscomb's Adnan Hozic, 22.7 ppg).
From 2003 to 2006, Maligi served as head coach of the Dallas Mustangs AAU program. During his stint, the program saw more than 50 of its players sign scholarships with NCAA Division I teams, including McDonald's All-American Byron Eaton (Oklahoma State), current Minnesota Timberwolves Wesley Johnson (Syracuse) and Anthony Randolph (LSU), Sean Williams (Boston College) and Donald Sloan (Texas A&M).
He spent three seasons (2002-05) as a student assistant coach/video coordinator at Howard University. Breaking into the coaching ranks, Maligi assisted the Bison coaching staff in film exchange, on-campus recruiting, developing individual workout schedules, assisting academic monitoring, coordinating pregame and postgame meals and recruiting and supervising all student managers.
Maligi, whose name is pronounced Your-ick Mal (as in pal)-Uh-Gee (g as in good), received his bachelor's degree in exercise physiology from Howard in 2006.
ULRIC MALIGI AT A GLANCE
Full name: Ulric Makis Maligi (pronounced Your-Ick Mal [as in pal]-Uh-Gee [g as in good]
Hometown: Arlington, Texas
Birthdate: May 14, 1984
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