As expected, Michigan coach Brady Hoke completed his staff Monday by announcing the hiring of two defensive assistants: Jerry Montgomery (defensive line) and Curt Mallory (secondary).
Mongtomery and Mallory join linebackers coach Mark Smith and coordinator Greg Mattison in the effort to rebuild Michigan's defense in 2011.
"Curt and Jerry are exceptional teachers and will help our young men develop both on the football field and in the community,” said Hoke. “They are a great fit for our defensive staff and will work very well with Greg [Mattison] and Mark [Smith]. This group will work tirelessly to make the defensive effort what we expect at Michigan."
Montgomery, a former defensive lineman at Iowa, took a position on Kevin Wilson's staff at Indiana last month, but soon left to join Michigan. He has coached defensive line at Wyoming (2009-10) and Northern Iowa (2007-08).
Mallory, who played at Michigan, has been a defensive coordinator for the past four seasons, working with Illinois' defense from 2007-09 before moving to Akron last fall. He has spent his entire coaching career in the Midwest.
Although all of Michigan's defensive assistants will face challenges, Mallory really has his work cut out for him. Michigan's secondary endured a wave of misfortune and calamity in 2010, although the Wolverines regain the services of veteran cornerback Troy Woolfolk and others this fall.
Mallory's recent work hasn't been too impressive, but he mentored several standout defensive backs at Illinois, including cornerback Vontae Davis, and oversaw a productive defense in 2007 when Illinois reached the Rose Bowl.