FLORENCE — Bobby Wallace, the architect of the University of North Alabama’s unparalleled football success in the 1990s that included three straight NCAA Division II National Championships, returned to UNA Monday to become the Lions’ ninth head football coach.
Wallace, 57, fills the vacancy left by the departure of Terry Bowden after three seasons at UNA in which he led the Lions to a combined 29-9 record and three straight playoff appearances.
Wallace will be formally introduced as UNA’s head coach at a press conference on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the UNA Performance Center. The public is invited to attend.
While acknowledging the significant legacy Wallace left during a decade as North Alabama’s football coach, UNA Athletic Director Mark Linder emphasized that this hire is not about the past, but what Wallace can do for the future of the Lions’ football program.
“We set out to hire a quality person who can coach football and that is exactly who we have hired in Bobby Wallace,” said Linder. “His love and passion for UNA and the Shoals will be a great fit for our University and department as we move into the future.