Mal M. Moore, the former director of athletics at The University of Alabama, died on Saturday at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. Moore had been hospitalized for approximately three weeks due to a pulmonary condition.
The University of Alabama released information of Moore's death on its website Saturday.
"The University of Alabama and the world of intercollegiate athletics have lost a legend, and I have lost a dear friend," said Bill Battle, director of athletics at The University of Alabama. "My heart goes out to his family and close friends in this time of sadness. After a time of grieving, we can begin to celebrate Mal's life, as his legacy will last for generations."
Moore was the University of Alabama's director of athletics from 1999 to 2013. Battle had been recommended to replace Moore on March 21 due to Moore's illness.
Moore was a football player under legendary Crimson Tide head coach Paul W. "Bear" Bryant from 1958-62 and went on to serve as an assistant football coach on Bryant's staff.
Moore held the distinction of being a part of 10 national championship teams as a player, coach and athletics director (1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2009, 2011 and 2012), 16 SEC championships, and 39 bowl trips. He is the only individual connected with the Tide program - and likely the only person in collegiate athletics - to be a part of 10 national football championships.
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 and Phoenix Cardinals.
At Alabama, Moore began as Bryant's graduate assistant in 1964, then as defensive backfield coach for six seasons (1965-70) before becoming quarterbacks coach from 1971-82 and serving as the Tide's first offensive coordinator starting in 1975. He returned as offensive coordinator under Gene Stallings from 1990-93 before moving into athletic administration.
During Moore's tenure as director of athletics, Alabama produced national championship teams in football, gymnastics, softball and women's golf as well as Southeastern Conference championships in football, basketball, baseball, gymnastics, men's and women's golf, men's cross country and softball. Alabama athletes earned some of the highest honors the SEC and NCAA have to offer, including SEC Athlete of the Year, SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, NCAA Top VIII, NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships and NCAA Sportsperson of the Year.
Moore directed more than $240 million of capital improvements to University of Alabama athletic facilities. Those projects encompassed the entire scope of all Crimson Tide athletic programs and benefitted every Alabama student-athlete, coach and administrator.
Moore's dedication to and love of the University of Alabama was recognized on March 28, 2007, when, as a permanent tribute to his life-long contribution to The University of Alabama, the Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama officially dedicated the facility formerly known as The Football Building as the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility.
Dr. Robert E. Witt, chancellor of the University of Alabama System, issued a statement Saturday on Moore's passing:
"Mal Moore was a champion by every measure and his impact on his alma mater and his native state will be felt for many years to come. We greatly respect his constant commitment to excellence, his unwavering professional and personal integrity, and his lifetime of exemplary service. Sandee and I mourn the passing of our dear friend and we extend our deepest sympathies to Heather and their family."
In 2011, Moore was elected to the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as a coach and an administrator. After the completion of the 2011-12 academic and athletic seasons, Moore was named the winner of the John L. Toner Award, given to the nation's best athletic director.
In addition to making his mark on Alabama, Moore also had a national impact as a key member of several prestigious NCAA and college football committees. He served on the NCAA Division I Football Issues Committee, the SEC Athletic Directors Bowl Advisory Committee and the Big Six Conferences Minority Coaches Forum.
Moore was a 1963 graduate of The University of Alabama, earning both an undergraduate degree in sociology and a 1964 master's degree in secondary education from the Capstone.
Born December 19, 1939, Moore was a native of Dozier, AL. He was married to the former Charlotte Davis of Tuscaloosa for 41 years before she passed away in 2010 after a long illness. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Steve (Heather) Cook of Scottsdale, AZ, a granddaughter, Anna Lee, and a grandson, Charles Cannon. Funeral arrangements are pending.
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