April 11, 2010
HOUSTON - University of Houston men's basketball head coach James Dickey added another piece to his staff Sunday with the addition of Ulric Maligi as assistant coach.
Maligi will assist in all coaching aspects with the Cougars.
"Ulric is a bright young coach and recruiter with tremendous enthusiasm for the game. He has developed very strong relationships in Houston, Dallas, the state of Texas and across the country," Dickey said. "Ulric has great personal and professional qualities, and his ability to relate to players will be a terrific asset to our program."
Maligi joins the Cougar program after serving for three seasons (2007-10) as an assistant coach at Stephen F. Austin. There, he was involved in all phases of the daily operation of the men's basketball program, including on-the-floor coaching, recruiting, academic monitoring and opponent scouting.
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.
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 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 Golden State Warrior Anthony Randolph (LSU), Sean Williams (Boston College), Wesley Johnson (Syracuse) 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 and assisted with 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.
He is engaged to Courtney K. Brown.
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
Howard bachelor's degree in exercise physiology 2006
Arlington Bowie High School 2002
Engaged to Courtney K. Brown
2010 - Houston assistant coach
2007-10 Stephen F. Austin assistant coach
2006-07 UT Arlington assistant coach
2004-06 Howard student assistant coach/video coordinator
2009 NCAA Tournament participant (SFA)
2008 NIT participant (SFA)
73-23 combined record at Stephen F. Austin
Three straight seasons with at least 23 wins
2010 Southland Conference East Division champions
2009 Southland Conference Tournament champions
2008 Southland Conference champions
NBA PLAYERS COACHED
Anthony Randolph (Dallas Mustangs AAU)
Sean Williams (Dallas Mustangs AAU)