A Paris, Texas native, Gene Stallings, was hired as Head Football Coach at The University of Alabama on January 11, 1990. In only his third season, Stallings and his staff produced Alabama’s first perfect regular season since 1979 by going 12-0. The team went on to defeat Miami in the Sugar Bowl and capture the national championship. Prior to his arrival at Alabama, Coach Stallings was Head Football Coach of the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals moved to Phoenix in 1988. Coach Stallings led the Cardinals for four years.
In 1972 Coach Stallings joined Tom Landry and the Dallas Cowboys. During his years there, Dallas won seven division titles, three conference championships and the 1978 Super Bowl.
For seven years Coach Stallings was Head Football Coach of his alma mater, Texas A&M. Coach Stallings spent his collegiate playing days under Coach Paul Bryant at Texas A&M and was one of the Aggies who endured the now famous Junction training camp in 1954.
Stallings has received the Dallas Father of the Year Award, the National Boys Club Alumni of the Year Award, has been elected to the Texas A&M Hall of Fame and serves on the Texas A&M Board of Regents, serves on many company Board of Directors, was elected to the Texas Hall of Fame, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, and was been named to a presidential committee by President George W. Bush.
The Stallings family was honored as the Family of the Year by the Tuscaloosa Association of Retarded Citizens for their sponsorship of an annual charity golf tournament which raised money for the association. The family was honored once again for their generosity when the Rise program, located on Alabama’s campus, named its new building the Stallings Center. The
playground was dedicated recently and was named the John Mark Stallings Playground. Rise prepares developmentally disabled infants, toddlers and preschoolers for the public school environment by integrating them with non-disabled peers. Stallings son, John Mark, had Down syndrome and was instrumental in raising money for the building. John Mark Stallings passed
away August 2, 2008.
Coach Stallings and his family now live in Paris, Texas.
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Another Season: A Coach′s Story of Raising an Exceptional Son
When beloved University of Alabama football coach Gene Stallings′s son was born with Down syndrome and a serious heart defect, doctors predicted he wouldn′t live to see his first birthday and urged Coach Stallings and his wife to institutionalize him. But for Gene and Ruth Ann that was not an option. Johnny quickly won the hearts and adoration of the Stallings family and everyone who took the time to know him, and, proving the doctors wrong by leading an active life, he became a vital and important part of his family, his community, and his father′s career. With intimate glimpses of family life and thrilling football anecdotes, ANOTHER SEASON is brimming with poignant lessons about defying the odds and finding joy in every moment.