Tide's Mal Moore Earns AD Honor

Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore is going to have something in addition to nine football national championship rings. Moore has been named 2012 recipient of the John L. Toner Award for having "demonstrated superior administrative abilities and shown outstanding dedication to college athletics, and particularly college football."

Moore oversees one of the most successful athletics programs in the nation, including having already won three national championships this year and being in the running for two more. Alabama football won the BCS National Championship, followed by the Crimson Tide gymnastics team and Bama women's golf team winning NCAA titles.

The Alabama men's golf team is participating in the NCAA Championships and the Tide softball team begins play in the Women's College World Series this week.

The Toner Award is presented annually by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. Moore will be honored at the 55th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 4 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.

"Mal's leadership of Alabama football has been impeccable," said NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell. "The Crimson Tide's success on the gridiron is undeniable, but his leadership can be felt throughout The University of Alabama and the NCAA as a whole. I can't think of anyone more deserving of this award."

Moore has presided over Alabama athletics since 1999. His leadership has resulted in five NCAA team championships, 18 Southeastern Conference team championships and numerous individual national and conference honors for the Crimson Tide.

Moore's commitment to excellence has also extended to the classroom as Alabama has had 62 Academic All-Americans under Moore's leadership. Under Moore's watch, Alabama has produced 18 NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship winners, 10 NCAA Top VIII selections, two Campbell Trophy finalists and three NCAA Woman of the Year finalists.

Moore currently manages a $101 million annual budget and a sports program of 21 men's and women's teams.

He envisioned and oversaw the expansion of Bryant-Denny Stadium in 2006 and 2009, pushing the venue's capacity to 101,821, which ranks fifth nationally.

More than $220 million has been raised for construction of new facilities and enhancement of existing athletics facilities. Under Moore's leadership, Alabama has erected new stadiums for soccer, softball and tennis; new facilities for women's basketball and volleyball; a new golf center; and improved facilities for every other UA sports team, in addition to the renovation of the Bill Battle Center for Athletic Student Services in Bryant Hall, the Mal Moore Athletics Building, Coleman Coliseum, and the Bryant-Denny Stadium expansions.

During Moore's tenure, the Tide has won two national football championships (2009 and 2011), posted six 10-win seasons, a 5-4 bowl record, appearances in four Bowl Championship Series games, and SEC championships in 1999, 2009, and 2011. In 2010, Moore was among five finalists for the Sports Business Athletic Director of the Year.

Moore joins ESPN Executive Chairman George Bodenheimer, who will accept the NFF Distinguished American Award, as NFF Major Awards winners already announced. The NFF will reveal the recipients of the Gold Medal, Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award, and the Chris Schenkel Award for excellence in broadcasting in the coming weeks.

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