Bobby Wallace (American football)

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Bobby Wallace
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team North Alabama
Record 106–46–1
Biographical details
Born (1954-09-17) September 17, 1954 (age 60)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Mississippi State (GA)
East Carolina (DB)
Wyoming (DB)
Auburn (DB)
Mississippi State (DC)
Illinois (DB)
North Alabama
West Alabama
North Alabama
Head coaching record
Overall 151–147–1
Accomplishments and honors
3 D-II Championships (1993, 1994, 1995)

Bobby Wallace (born September 17, 1954) is the current head college football coach for the University of North Alabama. During his time as a head coach he served at North Alabama, Temple and West Alabama. He is most noted for leading North Alabama to three consecutive NCAA Division II National Football Championships between 1993–1995.

Football Career- Bobby was a starting Safety at Mississippi State for two years and was an undisputed team leader. He played smart and covered the whole field in a manner that allowed him to outperform others with greater size and or speed etc. and was considered by his teammates to be a "tough" competitor.

Coaching career[edit]

Assistant coaching career[edit]

Wallace started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Mississippi State University in 1976. The following season, he joined Hall of Fame coach Pat Dye's staff at East Carolina to coach defensive backs. He followed Dye to Wyoming and Auburn, before returning to his alma-mater Mississippi State as defensive coordinator. During his tenure at Auburn, Wallace was noted for recruiting standout running back Bo Jackson.[1] In 1987, he coached defensive backs at Illinois.

University of North Alabama[edit]

Bobby Wallace's career as a head coach began in 1988 when he was named head coach at the University of North Alabama (UNA) in Florence, Alabama. He compiled a record of 82–36–1 in 10 seasons (1988–1997) at UNA, leading the Lions to three consecutive Division II national championships in 1993, 1994 and 1995. During those three seasons, the Lions recorded an overall record of 41–1, losing only to the eventual Division I-AA national champion Youngstown State in 1994. The 1995 UNA team was named the "Best Team of the Quarter Century" in Division II.

Wallace's UNA teams also won three consecutive Gulf South Conference championships (1993–1995), qualified for the Division II playoffs six times, and sent 12 players to the National Football League (NFL). In 1995, Lions linebacker Ronald McKinnon became the first and, as of 2010, only defensive player to win the Division II Harlon Hill Trophy.[1] He resigned at UNA following the 1997 season to become the head coach at Temple University.

Temple University[edit]

Wallace became the 23rd head coach at Temple University on December 23, 1997. He coached the Owls for eight seasons, compiling a record of 19–71. Although his first team at Temple finished 2–9, one of the wins became arguably one of the biggest upsets in college football history. On October 17, 1998, the 0–6 Owls traveled to Blacksburg, Virginia to play the Virginia Tech Hokies. The Owls overcame a 17–0 deficit and numerous injuries to upset the Hokies 28–24. The win gave the Owls their first ever Big East road win, and their first win over a ranked opponent in 11 years. Two weeks later, the Owls won again in improbable fashion, this time overcoming a 20–0 deficit to defeat Pittsburgh.[2]

Although his teams were consistently good defensively, none of Wallace's eight Temple teams had winning records. The Owls were winless during his final season in 2005, and played as a Division I-A independent after losing their Big East affiliation. During his tenure at Temple, Wallace had 12 players selected All-Big East. He also coached All-Americans Dan Klecko and Rian Wallace.

Return to UNA[edit]

On January 2, 2012, the University of North Alabama announced that Wallace would return as the Lions' ninth head football coach following the departure of Terry Bowden.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
North Alabama Lions (Gulf South Conference) (1988–1997)
1988 North Alabama 2–8 2–6 8th
1989 North Alabama 6–5 4–4 5th
1990 North Alabama 8–3 6–2 T–2nd L NCAA Division II First Round
1991 North Alabama 3–7 1–5 7th
1992 North Alabama 7–4–1 2–2–1 T–2nd L NCAA Division II Second Round
1993 North Alabama 14–0 7–0 1st W NCAA Division II Championship
1994 North Alabama 13–1 7–0 1st W NCAA Division II Championship
1995 North Alabama 14–0 8–0 1st W NCAA Division II Championship
1996 North Alabama 6–5 4–4 T–5th
1997 North Alabama 9–3 6–2 3rd L NCAA Division II First Round
Temple Owls (Big East Conference) (1998–2004)
1998 Temple 2–9 2–5 T–6th
1999 Temple 2–9 2–5 T–6th
2000 Temple 4–7 1–6 7th
2001 Temple 4–7 2–5 6th
2002 Temple 4–8 2–5 T–6th
2003 Temple 1–11 0–7 8th
2004 Temple 2–9 1–5 T–6th
Temple Owls (NCAA Division I-A Independent) (2005)
2005 Temple 0–11
Temple: 19–71 10–39
West Alabama Tigers (Gulf South Conference) (2006–2010)
2006 West Alabama 6–5 3–5 6th
2007 West Alabama 1–9 0–8 11th
2008 West Alabama 4–7 2–6 T–8th
2009 West Alabama 8–5 5–3 T–3rd L NCAA Division II Second Round
2010 West Alabama 7–4 5–3 5th
West Alabama: 26–30 15–25
North Alabama Lions (Gulf South Conference) (2012–present)
2012 North Alabama 5–5 2–3 T–3rd
2013 North Alabama 10–3 5–1 T–1st L NCAA Division II Quarterfinals
2014 North Alabama 9–2 6–1 T–1st L NCAA Division II First Round
North Alabama: 106–46–1
Total: 151–147–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.