Legendary Coaches Pat Dye, Gene Stallings
Sunday, Nov 19th 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
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$15.00 - $125.00
This event is all ages
The coaches that made America’s favorite sport what it is today. Go beyond just analysis and hear the history of what happens in the locker room and what makes a team great.
The stories behind some of the greatest moments in college football and a look at how it impacts the game today!https://www.ironcitybham.com/event/1563758/
After attaining high honors as a high school athlete, Coach Dye followed suit as a two-way starter, at offensive guard and linebacker, for the University of Georgia garnering many accolades such as being named All-American, All-SEC, and Academic All-American twice. He was even picked the SEC Lineman of the Year in 1960. After playing in three All-Star games as a senior, Dye joined the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League in 1961 and continued his success as a two-way starter.
Many of the characteristics that anchored Dye into a permanent place in Georgia football history as a player crossed over into his desire to focus on the intellect and coaching side of the game. After working as an Assistant Coach for nine years at the University of Alabama, under the great Paul “Bear” Bryant (1965-1973), Dye got his first taste of success as a Head Coach at East Carolina University in 1974. With East Carolina, Coach Dye led the Pirates to their first bowl game in thirteen years. After compiling a 48-18-1 record at East Carolina, Dye accepted the Head Coaching job at the University of Wyoming in 1980. After grasping the Cowboys first winning season in eight years, the Auburn Tigers took notice. In 1981, the Georgia native accepted the job as the Head Coach of Auburn University, where much of coaching legacy lies.
While at Auburn, Dye achieved what some only dream about. From 1981-1992, Dye amassed a 99-39-4 record and captured four SEC Championships, which were prefaced by four 10-win seasons. During his tenure at Auburn, Dye led the Tigers to nine consecutive bowl games and compiled the first four game winning streak against the rival Alabama Crimson Tide since 1958. Dye was named the National Coach of the Year in 1983 to go along with multiple SEC Coach of the Year awards. He produced 21 All-Americans, 71 All-SEC players, and 85 NFL players, one of which, Vincent “Bo” Jackson, won the Heisman Trophy. In 1985 and 1987 respectively, Dye was inducted into the Alabama and Georgia Sports Hall’s of Fame.
After receiving numerous inductions into various Hall’s of Fame, Dye was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005. To go along with this special year, the ultimate sign of respect was donned on Dye by Auburn University, when in 2005, the University named the playing field after him: “Pat Dye Field at Jordan-Hare Stadium”.
Today, Dye still enjoys family, friends, and Auburn University. He is very active in the community and at Auburn to this day.
Gene Stallings is a former college and professional football coach best known for winning an NCAA Division I National Championship at the University of Alabama in 1992.
Stallings won an athletic scholarship to Texas A&M University to play football. When Paul "Bear" Bryant became head coach of Texas A&M in 1954, Stallings became one of the legendary "Junction Boys" enduring ten days of endless practice in the scorching Texas summer. Stallings was one of only a handful of players to make it through the torturous boot camp type experience earning the trust and respect of Bryant.
The Junction Boys went 1 - 9 that season, but two years later, the team was undefeated and won the Southwest Conference. In 1956, Stallings was one of three co-captains of the Aggies squad along with Lloyd Hale and future NFL head coach Jack Pardee earning All-Southwest Conference honors.
After spending a year as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M, Bryant invited Stallings to join his staff as an assistant coach of the Crimson Tide at the University of Alabama in 1958. Stallings remained on the staff until 1964 when, at the age of 29, he was named the head coach of the Texas A&M Aggies. He coached the Aggies for seven season compiling a record of 27-45-1 and winning the Southwest Conference championship in 1967 culminating in a Cotton Bowl victory over friend and mentor Bear Bryant.
In 1972, he joined the staff of the Dallas Cowboys under head coach Tom Landry. He remained with the Cowboys for 14 seasons as an assistant, coaching in three Super Bowls and helping lead the Cowboys to a victory in Super Bowl XII over the Denver Broncos.
In 1986, Stallings was named the head coach of the St. Louis Cardinals football team. While coaching the Cardinals, Stallings' teams were known for their strong defenses, often ranking at or near the top of the NFC. Stallings compiled a 23-34-1 record with the Cardinals, impressive considering the turmoil surrounding the team's move to Phoenix.
By 1990, Alabama was looking for a head coach with ties to past glories. Being a former Crimson Tide assistant and one of Bryant's "Junction Boys" made Stallings a perfect fit. On January 11, 1990, Gene Stallings was hired as the head football coach at the University of Alabama.
Stallings led Alabama to an undefeated season in 1992. The Crimson Tide was ranked # 2 in the polls and faced the #1 ranked Miami Hurricanes in the Sugar Bowl to determine the National Championship. The heavily favored Hurricanes were a cocksure group led by Heisman Trophy winner Gino Torretta. On January 1, 1993 Alabama's superior defense stopped the Hurricanes and the Crimson Tide's running game dominated the 'Canes defense leading to an upset of favored Miami 34 -13. The Crimson Tide squad was proclaimed 1992 NCAA Division I Football National Champions.
Stallings remained at Alabama until midway through the 1996 season. Stallings resigned as Alabama head coach on November 23, 1996 following a 24-23 win over arch-rival Auburn. Stallings left Alabama with an impressive 70-16-1 record, one SEC title and a national championship in his seven seasons with the Crimson Tide.
In his retirement, Stallings has worked as a consultant for several football teams including North Texas and Boise State and is a trustee of Abilene Christian University as well as a member of the Board of Regents of his alma mater, Texas A&M. He makes frequent motivational speeches to various athletic and religious groups. Stallings has been an advocate for Down syndrome research ever since his son Johnny was diagnosed with the illness in 1962. Stallings currently lives on his ranch near Paris, Texas.