What are University of Alabama coaches saying about Mal Moore stepping down as Athletics Director? Here are some quotes from Nick Saban, Sarah Patterson and Anthony Grant and others, courtesy of the University of Alabama:
Nick Saban, head football coach, University of Alabama:
"Coach Moore is somebody that I have a tremendous amount of respect for. First, for giving us the opportunity to come to the University of Alabama and the great job he did on selling us on this University and what could be done here. Then, all of the support he has given to our program. He certainly deserves a tremendous amount of credit for the success we have had because of the way he sets the table and serves us so well. Most things that you would see, he has had some hand in making all of the athletic facilities what they are, first class in so many ways. More than that, he is a class gentleman, probably as fine as you are ever going to meet. He has been a great friend and his support has certainly been appreciated . . . He has been a part of a lot of championships and a lot of championship teams in this department as a coach was well as an athletic director."
Sarah Patterson, head gymnastics coach, University of Alabama:
"Mal's biggest strength throughout his career as both a coach and an administrator has always been his love of Alabama. There is no one that loves this University more than Mal Moore. Just like his coaching career, his time as Athletics Director has been marked by championships. He has taken us when times were hard and built us back up into the powerhouse program of today. He has attracted great coaches to the Capstone and given them the tools to bring championships back to our campus. While I am sad that his time as athletics director has come to an end, I am thrilled that he is taking this time to focus on his health and getting better and I am very much looking forward to the time when he returns to work with Dr. Bonner to make our great institution even better."
Jenny Mainz, head women's tennis coach, University of Alabama:
"I cannot describe the positive impact that Coach Moore has had on my life and my coaching career. I have always admired Coach Moore's vision and commitment to excellence. He is the finest ambassador the University of Alabama has ever seen. I respect Coach Moore for his successes as the Director of Athletics at the Capstone but more importantly for the character that he has demonstrated in his tenure while leading Alabama these past 10 years. His character, integrity and class are unmatched. Coach Moore's passion for the Alabama Crimson Tide is infectious. He bleeds Crimson and I love when he says . . . there's only one Crimson Tide. Coach Moore will remain in all of our hearts and prayers as he endures this challenging time. He will be missed as leading the Crimson Tide but his legacy will last forever. His imprint has undoubtedly left Alabama a better, stronger athletic department and we will continue to work together with oneness as he always cultivated this type of atmosphere."
Anthony Grant, head men's basketball coach, University of Alabama:
"I am saddened to learn of coach (Mal) Moore's decision to step aside as our leader and A.D. I appreciate the opportunity that he has provided for myself and my family and will be ever grateful to him for his confidence and faith in our ability to lead this program to a championship level. No one has a greater passion for this University and athletics department than Coach Moore and we are thankful for the example of class and integrity he exemplifies. We certainly wish him the best and look forward to his tenure as Athletics Director Emeritus."
Wendell Hudson, head women's basketball coach, University of Alabama:
"Mal was more than just an athletic director to me. He is a close friend. I am not sure there are words to describe what he has done for this University and the athletic department. The love, care and nurturing he gave to The University of Alabama has meant so much. It saddens me that this is the reason he is not going to be athletic director anymore, but he has to do what is most important and that is to take care of himself."
Jay Seawell, head men's golf coach, University of Alabama:
"It is a sad day for me personally. I'm at the University of Alabama because of Coach Moore. I think Coach Moore is the heartbeat of Crimson Tide athletics. You can look at our athletics department as a whole, not just football, it has probably never been in better shape, from facilities to what has been accomplished on the field of play. Coach Moore is a true leader and one that has inspired me. We are praying for a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back on campus."
Mic Potter, head women's golf coach, University of Alabama:
"On a personal level, I am eternally indebted to Coach Moore because he gave me the opportunity to come here and accomplish the things that we have. He hired me and then gave us the resources to be successful. It is hard for me to imagine working for anyone else right now. When championships are won, you think about the players and the coaches, you don't tend to think of Coach Moore, Dr. Bonner, Dr. Witt and Kevin Almond and what the administration means to the process we go through to be as competitive as we are. He was also directly responsible for us having the facilities – the Jerry Pate Golf Center – and being willing to make an investment in our program through facilities and his foresight in what a golf program needs. Coach Moore has certainly had a lot to with us being successful. It also doesn't hurt that he is a golf enthusiast, and my only wish is that he will return to good health and get to play a little more golf now that he is in a different capacity."
Mitch Gaspard, head baseball coach, University of Alabama:
"Coach Moore has always been a man of great character and class. He is someone that that we all look up to and he's been a great leader of our athletic department. His character, leadership and class are things we try to instill in our program. He's a guy you can trust and he's been very supportive of our program. He's been able to put his fingerprints all over this athletic department and the University of Alabama, not only through its success, but in how that success has been created. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Coach Moore and his family as he battles through his current health situation."
Ed Allen, head women's volleyball coach, University of Alabama:
"With Coach Moore stepping down, the University has lost a tremendous champion for athletics. He's been an Alabama guy for the past 50 years, and the face of the athletic program for the last 14 years as the Athletics Director. For me personally and our volleyball program, we lost a person that had a vision for Alabama volleyball. He provided the groundwork for the renovation of Foster Auditorium and the funding of the program. He will be sorely missed by every coach on this campus. We wish him the very best as he takes on the next battle in his life, which is his own health."
Dennis Pursley, head swimming coach, University of Alabama:
"I was very impressed when Coach Moore and I first talked about this position by his genuine warmth. He is just the consummate Southern gentleman who is very caring and does what he does for the right reasons. From my very first meeting with him I got that impression and feeling. What's really special about Coach Moore from my perspective, professionally, is that you don't find a lot of Athletics Directors who have a genuine concern and appreciation for the whole spectrum of sports in an athletics department and he certainly does. As our Athletics Director, Coach Moore has demonstrated a championship level of support across the board in both word and deed. I think that's truly a special thing to find in an Athletics Director. His will be tough shoes to fill and we hope whoever follows him will bring the same commitment to excellence that Coach Moore has shown every step of the way. His commitment to all our teams here at Alabama is certainly one of the reasons that I took this job. He spent much more time with me during the interview process than I would have expected an Athletics Director to do with a prospective swimming coach. He certainly made a great first impression and he has been consistent in that throughout."
Dan Waters, head track and field coach, University of Alabama:
"You don't meet many true giants in your life, but Coach Moore is a giant and a legend. Maybe most importantly he is just such a good friend to everyone. He understood what we are trying to do and he always had your back. You could to him with any issue or problem and he had usually been through it and could help you with it. A true coach's A.D. A coach's A.D. You always felt like he was your friend. It was as if he was on everyone's coaching staff, like a member of the coaching staff. When you look at the huge investments he made in every sport, his impact on Alabama Athletics is unbelievable."
Steve Hatchell, President and CEO, National Football Foundation:
"The National Football Foundation considers Mal a dear friend. He is a shining example and proof that football builds leaders. We have always appreciated his counsel and support and look forward to seeing him this fall in his familiar spot, supporting his Crimson Tide."
Eric Hyman, Director of Athletics, Texas A&M University:
"I looked at Mal as the 'Rock of Gibraltar'. He was always even keel and very rarely did he get flustered. Mal always did what was right for University of Alabama, but he never lost sight that Alabama was in the SEC, therefore he constantly championed the importance of a strong conference. We will miss a true professional and wonderful colleague!"
Jeff Long, Arkansas Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics:
"Mal Moore has left an indelible mark on the University of Alabama, much like Frank Broyles has done here at Arkansas, and the Crimson Tide Athletic Program has achieved tremendous success under Mal's leadership. I have enjoyed getting to know him and working with him over the past five years and appreciate the manner in which he welcomed me to the circle of SEC Athletic Directors. I will miss Mal on a professional and personal level and wish him the very best as he focuses on his recovery."