Mal Moore, who has presided over national and league titles in nearly every sport at the University of Alabama, will be inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday. As a player and coach, he was part of seven national championships, 14 Southeastern Conference championships and 28 bowl games. He began his career as athletic director at UA in 1999.
As athletic director, Moore was responsible for the hiring of current head football coach Nick Saban in 2007. The hire proved to be a watershed moment for the football program which has taken home two BCS titles in the past three seasons. Moore is the only individual connected with Alabama with the distinction of being a part of nine national championship teams (1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2009 and 2011) with the first coming as a player, the next six as a coach and the two most recent during his tenure as director of athletics.
"I'm very proud of where we are," Moore said in an interview with TideNation in late April. "I think we've represented the university in a very positive way. We have a lot of teams that are having success: both men's and women's golf are in the top five in that nation; softball is second in the nation right now; our women's tennis is seventh in the nation, the first time in our history they've been in the top 10; what Anthony Grant has done with the basketball team making the NCAAs I'm very proud; gymnastics with Sarah (Patterson), she consistently performs year in and year out; coach Saban an the football program have done a remarkable job."
Whether the past five years are the most successful in the school's history is up for debate as far as Moore's concerned.
"It's maybe a little more of the teams with success," Moore said after a moment of thought. "We've had great runs in our history but a lot of times it was football maybe or some years basketball. Gymnastics has been very strong since its existence, and softball as well. ... There are a lot of positives and I think good things lie ahead."
Moore, a native of Dozier, Ala., began his athletic career as a player under coach Paul "Bear" Bryant from 1958-62. After one year as an assistant coach at Montana State, Moore returned to the Capstone as a graduate assistant under Bryant. He would be a part of the UA football staff until 1982. Moore spent the next eight years at Notre Dame and stops in the NFL before his eventual return to UA as offensive coordinator under coach Gene Stallings. Moore was offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach during the 1992 national championship season.
Other members of the ASHOF Class of 2012 include: Artis Gilmore (basketball), E.J. Junior (football), Bryan Kirkland (paralympian), Charley Pell (coaching) (posthumously), Andre Tippett (football), Steve Wallace (football), and Dan Washburn (administrator).