Mal Moore, who stepped down 11 days ago after 14 years as director of athletics at the University of Alabama, has died, the school said. He was 73.
Moore died yesterday at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, where he had been hospitalized with a pulmonary condition for three weeks, Alabama said in a statement.
“The University of Alabama and the world of intercollegiate athletics have lost a legend, and I have lost a dear friend,” Bill Battle, who replaced Moore, said in the statement.
Moore played football for the Crimson Tide from 1958 to 1962 under then-head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant before joining Bryant’s staff as an assistant coach. As a player, coach and athletics director, he was part of 10 national championship teams, 16 Southeastern Conference championships and 39 bowl games.
Moore spent 22 of his 31 coaching years at Alabama, along with time at Montana State, Notre Dame and the St. Louis and Phoenix teams of the National Football League.
At Alabama, Moore began as Bryant’s graduate assistant in 1964, then was defensive backfield coach for six seasons from 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 from 1999 to 2013, 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.
He directed more than $240 million of capital improvements to Alabama athletic facilities. In 2007, Alabama’s board of trustees recognized Moore’s contributions to the school by renaming the Football Building as the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility.
In 2011, he 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.
A native of Dozier, Alabama, he was born Dec. 19, 1939. Moore is survived by one daughter, Heather Cook of Scottsdale, Arizona; a granddaughter and a grandson. His wife of 41 years, the former Charlotte Davis, died in 2010.