Some were a bit surprised today when Coach Bobby Wallace called a press conference. Others were not.
However, all knew what it would be about.
After five years since he left retirement to come back to UNA for a second stint as head football coach, the legendary Bobby Wallace has retired for good.
He stated that he has contemplated it last season but came back for one more year. That year turned out to be very special as the Lions won a fourth consecutive Gulf South Conference title (something that has never been done in the history of the conference) and led UNA back to the national title game, which was the program’s first appearance since his teams won three national titles in a row back in the early 90’s.
It’s all because of family. His family is why he wants to retire and the familial relationships with players is why he coached.
“I tell people all the time that coaching would be the perfect job if it wasn’t for the games,” he said. “It’s the relationships with people and with other coaches.”
“It’s not trophies. It’s not winning,” he said. “It’s the kids I coached. The people and relationships.”
Wallace has a 126-51-1 record at North Alabama, where his teams won Division II titles in 1993, 1994 and 1995. His teams also won seven Gulf South Conference championships.
Between his first stint at North Alabama and his current tenure, Wallace coached Temple from 1998 through 2005, where he had a 19-71 record, and West Alabama from 2006 through 2010, where he had a 26-30 mark.
“I’ve been fortunate and lucky,” Wallace said. “It’s been a blessing.”