Gene Stallings

Gene Stallings

College: Texas A&M;

Position: Texas Squad Head Coach

Hometown: Powderly, Texas

Gene Stallings of Powderly, Texas, received his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University in 1957. Mr. Stallings played football for Texas A&M University under head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant from 1954 to 1956. Coach Stallings was the head football coach for Texas A&M University from 1965 to 1972. Stallings coached professional football for a total of 18 years. As head coach, he led Alabama to a national championship in 1992. Stallings was assistant coach to Tom Landry and the Dallas Cowboys for 14 years, head coach for the St. Louis Cardinals for two years and the Phoenix Cardinals for two years.

Coach Stallings has been inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Texas A&M Hall of Fame, Gator Bowl Hall of Fame and Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame. He also received an honorary doctorate degree from Harding University.

His coaching awards are numerous and include: National Coach of the Year, American Football Coaches’ Association Coach of the Year, Paul Bryant Coach of the Year and the Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year (two times). In 2000, Coach Stallings was awarded Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M University. He was also awarded the Legends Award from the All Sports Association in Dallas in 2001.

In addition to his achievements in coaching, Stallings has received many humanitarian awards, including the Arthritis Humanitarian Award of Alabama, National Boys Club Alumni of the Year, Dallas Father of the Year, Humanitarian Award of the Lion’s Club of Alabama, FBI Director’s Award for Child Safety, and Paris Boys Club Wall of Honor. Stallings is also the author of a book, Another Season, which describes the love he has for his son who was born with Down Syndrome.

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