Hundreds gathered at Coleman Coliseum this afternoon to celebrate the life of former Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore.
As Moore's daughter, grandchildren and extended family filed in, his favorite music like Frank Sinatra's New York, New York played over the speakers.
The University of Alabama's Athletics Director Bill Battle said, "This is hopefully the beginning of the celebration of a great life and to remind people of all the things, the great things that Mal accomplished during his life."
U.A. systems Chancellor Dr. Robert Witt said he respected Moore's way teaching. "I can't tell you the number of times that as I listened to a story from Mal I realized I was getting advice. Wish advice and good advice."
There is no denying the impact Moore had on the coaching staff.
Football coach Nick Saban recalled a specific moment he shared with Moore, "He said, you changed my life when you came here. And I looked at him right in eye and I said no Mal you changed my life. I'm a better coach, I'm a better person, I'm a better teacher for the lessons that I've learned being in partnership with you."
Gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson said, "Coach Moore was willing to step up and help people. When Charlotte was sick for so long and he took care of her, when my dad needed to go in the nursing home Mal put me in a car and said Sarah we're going to take you and we're going to get your dad set. And he took me over there and helped me make that transition."
Golf coach Jay Seawell said, "The Crimson Tide is something more than just athletics it is um, there's a personality to it there's a soul. And I think that's what his legacy will always be. I think he taught all of us the soul of Alabama." And those lessons won't be forgotten.
"Jay said it best you Know, Coach Moore was the heart and soul of this athletic program," Patterson added.
Dr. Witt said, "Each one of us in this room today is a better person because we know Mal Moore."
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