Dec. 1, 2011
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -
University of Alabama Director of Athletics Mal Moore, whose association with the Crimson Tide as a student-athlete, coach and administrator spans more than 50 years, has been chosen for induction into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame it was announced this week.
"Having grown up in the State of Alabama, it's a tremendous honor to be selected to the Hall of Fame," Moore said. "I am so proud and, frankly, a little bit overwhelmed. I am very proud not just for myself, but for my family. I have always been well aware of the Hall of Fame and the great people in it. So to be connected with it in this way is certainly very special."
Moore began his tenure with Alabama as a scholarship player for Coach Paul Bryant from 1958-62. Since arriving at the Capstone, he has been a part of eight national championship teams at Alabama (1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1992 and 2009) with the first coming as a player, the next six during his coaching career and the most recent during his tenure as director of athletics. As a player and coach, he was also part of 14 SEC championships and 27 bowl trips. He is the only individual connected with the Alabama program to be a part of eight national championships.
"I have been fortunate to coach with great players and coach along with some of the best people in the history of football," Moore said. "I have always felt blessed just to be given the opportunities I have had. So, it is very flattering."
During a coaching career that spanned 31 years, Moore spent 22 of those at Alabama with stops at Montana State, Notre Dame and the NFL's St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals. At Alabama, Moore started as a graduate assistant under Coach Bryant in 1964, and then he became the defensive backfield coach for six seasons (1965-70) before becoming quarterbacks coach from 1971-82, serving as the Tide's first offensive coordinator starting in 1975. He would go on to coordinate all of the offensive plays for several of Alabama's national championship football teams.
After his coaching career, Moore moved into administration as an Associate Athletics Director before becoming the Director of Athletics in 1999. Under Moore's direction, Alabama has produced three national championships - the 2009 football title and the 2002 and 2011 NCAA gymnastics championships - as well as SEC championships in football, gymnastics, men's basketball, women's golf, men's golf, men's cross country, baseball and softball
This marks the second time that Moore has been honored by the Hall. In 2007, he was named ASHoF Distinguished Alabama Sportsman for his contribution to sports in Alabama as an administrator.
Moore joins E.J. Junior, Artis Gilmore, Bryan Kirkland, Andre Tippett, Steve Wallace, Dan Washburn and Charley Pell in the Class of 2012. The 2012 Induction Banquet will take place in the Birmingham Ballroom, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, on Saturday, May 12, 2012.