Alabama released this biography of Bill Battle. Battle was nominated to replace Mal Moore as Alabama’s Athletics Director.
Here is the biography released by Alabama:
Director of Athletics
University of Alabama
Coach Bill Battle had a successful playing career as a three-year starter at The University of Alabama and was a part of Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant’s first national championship team. He entered the coaching profession as a grad assistant at The University of Oklahoma in 1963. In 1964 and 1965, he served as an assistant coach at the United States Military Academy while serving a two-year military tour. In 1966, he moved to the University of Tennessee, where he served as an assistant coach for four years until he was named head coach in 1970. During his seven-year tenure as head coach, his teams went 59-22-2, ranked three times in the top-10, twice in the top-20, and won four out of five bowl games.
bill Battle founded The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) in 1981, and served as president and CEO until 2002. He also served as chairman of the board of Licensing Partners International (LPI), which was created in 2001 to represent the licensing interests of non-collegiate sports properties, as well as corporate and entertainment properties.
Prior to starting CLC and Battle Enterprises, Bill Battle held various positions within Circle S Industries in Selma, AL. He served as president of two different companies, as well as vice chairman of the Circle S Holding Company Board. During his six years at Circle S, the organization grew from two companies earning $12 million in annual sales to 10 companies earning $60 million.
Bill Battle holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of Alabama and a master’s degree from The University of Oklahoma. He was named first team tight end and second team defensive end on The University of Alabama All Decade Team of the 1960s, and in 1981 was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Bill became the first member inducted into the National Collegiate Licensing Association Hall of Fame in 2000 and was the recipient of the 2005 Paul W. Bryant Alumni Athlete Award at The University of Alabama.
In 2008, he was inducted into the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) Hall of Fame. Bill Battle also received a National Football Foundation award in New York in December 2008 for his Outstanding Contributions to Amateur Football. In June 2010, Bill was inducted into the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators’ (NACMA) 2010 Hall of Fame. In February 2011, he was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, receiving its Lifetime Achievement Award. He currently serves on the boards of the Bank of North Georgia, the Bryant-Jordan Student-Athlete Foundation, The University of Alabama A-Club Educational & Charitable Foundation, the Crimson Tide Foundation, and the National Football Foundation.