Gene Stallings, former head football coach of the University of Alabama, is a popular motivational speaker and Christian speaker on the circuit today says booking agent PFP Sports and Celebrity Talent Agency. Stallings began his coaching career in 1958 as an assistant under Bear Bryant at Alabama. His first head coaching job came at the age of 29 when Stallings was named the head coach at Texas A&M. He coached the Aggies for seven seasons and compiled a record of 27-45-1, including a Southwest Conference title in 1967.
In 1972, Stallings was hired by Tom Landry as an assistant coach for the Dallas Cowboys, where he remained for 14 years. In 1986, he was named the head coach of the St. Louis Cardinals, where he compiled a 23-34-1 record in three seasons.
Stallings later returned to the college ranks in 1990 when he was hired by the University of Alabama. In his third year, Stallings coached the Crimson Tide to a National Championship after defeating Miami in the Sugar Bowl, 34-13. In six years at Alabama, Stallings compiled a 62-25 record.
As a motivational speaker and Christian speaker Gene Stallings inspires audiences wherever he goes, speaking about what it takes for ordinary people to become extraordinary achievers. If you’re looking for a speaker who can inspire and motivate, look no further than Gene Stallings.
Stallings was recently invited as the guest speaker of the premiere of the Restored Life event for Saving Grace Home for Women, a Christian alcohol and drug recovery program based in Robertsdale. He will speak at 6 p.m. Dec. 9 at Daphne United Methodist Church’s Community Life Center Building.
“It’s always very exciting to let people know what we are doing at Saving Grace to help women in need. But we don’t get a chance to engage as wide an audience as we can when someone like coach Stallings gets involved,” Executive Director Kristin Webb said.
Stallings will always be remembered for putting his family first. His son John Mark Stallings, also known as Johnny, was diagnosed with a serious heart condition and Down syndrome at birth. Stallings co-wrote the book “Another Season: A Coach’s Story of Raising an Exceptional Son,” with AP journalist Sally Cook, about his love for his son who was a dedicated, longtime fan of the Crimson Tide and his dad.
John Mark died on Aug. 2, 2008 in Paris, Texas.
Two facilities at the University of Alabama have been named for John Mark Stallings, the Stallings Center that serves as home to the RISE Center for young children with disabilities and the equipment room in the University of Alabama football building.
“He certainly knows about obstacles and tough, life-changing decisions with his son battling illness,” Webb said of Gene Stallings. “From being an excellent parent to an excellent coach, he has the ability to encourage people to be strong, rely on themselves. But also to accept help when they need it.”
Saving Grace Home for Women Inc., formerly Home of Grace for Women of Baldwin County, is a non-profit Christian alcohol and drug recovery program for women.
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