Mal Moore passes away at age 73

By on April 3, 2013
Mal Moore, pictured just to the right of President Obama, was a part of ten national championships as a player, coach and athletic director. Wikicommons

Mal Moore, pictured just to the right of President Obama, was a part of ten national championships as a player, coach and athletic director. Wikicommons

One of the most successful and transformational leaders in collegiate sports has passed away. Mal Moore, whose career dates back to Bear Bryant and spans to the most recent successes of Nick Saban passed away at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. Saturday due to pulmonary complications.

Moore began his career in Alabama as a player and many would argue that through the many years he was involved with the program from playing to coaching and hiring, no one has done more for Alabama Athletics and its lasting legacy.

Moore arrived at Alabama in 1958 and played on Bear Bryant’s first team at Bama. Six seasons later Moore, now a graduate student, would join Bryant’ staff assisting with both the quarterbacks and secondary before eventually moving to the position of offensive coordinator.

Hoping to take Bryant’s position after he retired, Moore would be passed over for former New York Giants coach Ray Perkins. Moore left for a time to work with the Fighting Irish before returning to his alma mater and changing the face of Crimson Tide football forever.

Moore’s career spanned decades, and it included ten national championships. He was responsible for upgrading many of the campus sports facilities, expanding Bryant-Denny stadium, adding in the plush luxury suites, as well as the hiring of Nick Saban which has directly impacted the bottom line of the entire University of Alabama School System.

In 2007, the University of Alabama dedicated the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility in honor of Moore’s dedication and service to the institution. Moore impacted so many lives, it would be hard to measure just how far his influence reaches and how many careers and lives will be forever changed because of his courage, commitment to purpose, and his leadership.

Moore oversaw the athletic department at UA since 1999 ,and, in addition to football, his administration was also responsible for a number of championships in a number of other sports programs, including softball, gymnastics, and women’s golf.

Over the years, Moore collected a host of friends, including U.S. Representative Jo Bonner and Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, both of whom are University of Alabama graduates. According to AL.com Bonner, a Republican from Mobile, commented that Moore’s passing “leaves a giant void” in the life of the UA family. “He dedicated his entire life to making sure the Crimson Tide was always competing with the nation’s elite, no matter what the competition was. He was the epitome of a Southern gentleman and was recognized by his peers, just last year, as the nation’s best athletic director.”

Several current UA players took to Twitter to express their feelings about Mal Moore including quarter back A.J. McCarron.

“Coach Mal Moore will be missed so much,” McCarron said on his Twitter page. “I love you coach & know you will be watching over us from above. We will always remember you #loveU”.

Moore graduated from The University of Alabama in 1963; he was married for 41 years to his late wife Charlotte Davis Moore who passed away in 2010 and is survived by one daughter and two grandchildren. At this time, funeral arrangements are still being finalized.

Chase Cole
Senior Staff Writer
chascole@uab.edu

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