The United States Sports Academy presented to Dr. Gaylon McCollough, who was a close friend of the late University of Alabama Director of Athletics Mal Moore and a teammate on Paul “Bear” Bryant’s football team, the Carl Maddox Sports Management Award on behalf of Moore, Moore’s family and the university.
The posthumous award from the Academy is to be placed at the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility on Alabama’s campus. McCollough received the award Tuesday evening, April 23 with about 75 people in attendance, including Academy Board of Trustees Executive Committee members and senior administrators, during the presentation at a private residence in Daphne, Ala.
Moore, who served as athletic director for the past 14 years, stepped down earlier this year because of health problems and died March 30. He was 73.
Moore, who had a long history of success, earned the Carl Maddox Sports Management Award for overseeing the most successful season in Alabama history last year and one of the most successful any program has ever had. The Crimson Tide won national championships in football, women’s golf, gymnastics and softball, while its men’s basketball team reached the NCAA tournament and its men’s golf team finished as runner-up for the NCAA national championship to Texas.
In many ways, Moore had become the face of athletics at Alabama. He had served all but eight of the last 56 years of his career at the school, including working as an offensive coordinator for the legendary Bryant’s national championship teams in 1978 and 1979.
The Academy annually presents the Carl Maddox Sports Management Award to an individual like Moore for his contributions to the growth and development of sport enterprise through effective management practices. The award honors individuals who exhibit mastery of all the management functions, are well known in the sport arena, and have an abiding belief in the need for ethical behavior in sport management. It is named in honor of the former Athletic Director of Louisiana State University and Mississippi State University, Carl Maddox, who also served on the United States Sports Academy’s Board of Trustees.
Under Moore’s leadership since 1999, Alabama made two expansions of the team’s football stadium, which today seats more than 101,000. Moore also oversaw significant upgrades to the school’s basketball arena and major additions to the football training facility. New facilities were built for tennis and soccer and the track and baseball stadiums received upgrades.
Moore, who first arrived on the Tuscaloosa campus as a freshman football player in 1958, is credited with raising more than $220 million for school athletics and Alabama’s athletic department budget grew from $31 million to more than $100 million during his tenure.