December 19, 1939|
|Died||March 30, 2013
Durham, North Carolina
|1958–1962||University of Alabama|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Montana State (asst.)
Notre Dame (RB/Asst.)
St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals (Asst.)
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|Alabama (Assistant AD)
Mal M. Moore (December 19, 1939 – March 30, 2013) was the former Director of Athletics for the University of Alabama. On November 23, 1999, he was hired as athletic director after spending almost thirty years in other areas with the university. As a player, coach, and director of athletics, Moore was part of ten national championship football teams. Moore died March 30, 2013 in Durham, North Carolina.
Early years and education
One of seven children, Moore was born into a farm family in Dozier, Alabama. As a scholarship player from 1958–1962, Moore played as a career backup quarterback for legendary coach Bear Bryant, behind Pat Trammell and subsequently Joe Namath. During his college career at Alabama, Moore earned his bachelor's degree in sociology in 1963 and his master's degree in secondary education in 1964. After he earned his master's degree, at Coach Bryant's suggestion, he joined the Alabama Air National Guard.
Moore began his coaching career as a secondary coach, and then moved to coach quarterbacks in 1970. He remained on Alabama's staff until Bryant retired in 1982. He then joined Gerry Faust's staff at Notre Dame as an assistant coach. Moore returned to the University of Alabama in 1990 as quarterbacks coach under Gene Stallings. Moore was on the staff during six of Alabama's national championships and was a player on another.
In 1994, Moore moved into the UA Athletic Department as one of the many legacy projects placed in assistant athletic director's positions. After an exhaustive search by the UA Board of Trustees, Moore took over as Athletic Director in 1999. Moore was instrumental in the hiring of four head football coaches including Dennis Franchione, Mike Price, Mike Shula, and Nick Saban. He also oversaw various facility improvements: Bryant-Denny Stadium expanded to its current capacity of over 101,000 seats, renovations were made to Coleman Coliseum in 2005, as well as new tennis, soccer, and softball stadiums.
In early 2009, Moore turned the day-to-day operations of the athletic department over to Dave Hart, who was a former UA basketball player under the legendary Coach C. M. Newton and also one-time athletic director at Florida State University. However, Coach Moore was still actively involved in oversight and fundraising for the University, leading the charge for an $80 million expansion of the south end zone at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
During his tenure as athletic director, Alabama won three national championships in football (2009, 2011, 2012) and three in women's gymnastics (2002, 2011, 2012), as well as national championships in women's golf and softball (both in 2012). Moore received the 2012 John L. Toner Award presented annually by the National Football Foundation. Moore resigned as Alabama's Athletic Director on March 20, 2013 citing health issues, and died 10 days later.
Moore married Charlotte Moore (née Davis) on July 20, 1968, and had one daughter (Heather) during their marriage. His wife died on January 18, 2010, after battling with Alzheimer's since 1990. On March 30, 2013 Moore died at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, of pulmonary problems at the age of 73.
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