Birmingham, AL - William Lee "Bill" Legg who has served as Executive Director for the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame for the past twenty three years will retire effective February 1, 2009.
"Coach Legg" as he is affectionately known is only the second Executive Director of the Sports Hall of Fame since its inception in 1969.
Since 1985, under his direction, the Hall of Fame has experienced a tremendous increase in the functions, activities, and operational budget.
He played a major role in the planning and overseeing of the construction, and then the move in 1992 into the Hall of Fame's outstanding present facility, considered one of the best in the country.
He was also instrumental in the development of the Bryant Jordan Student Athlete Scholarship Program and served as its first administrator.
Coach will continue to coordinate special projects for the Board of Directors and will serve as a special ambassador for the Hall of Fame.
Following his outstanding athletic career at Birmingham-Southern College, he was a teacher and coach at Shades Valley High School and was Athletic Director for the Jefferson County School System for twenty years, prior to coming to the Sports Hall of Fame.
"I feel very privileged to have been a part of this great organization the past twenty three years," said Bill Legg, Executive Director. "The people that make the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame what it is; the inductees, the distinguished sportsmen, the board of directors, the banquet committee, the selection committees, and the staff, have all been wonderful to work with and great friendships have emerged from these associations," he said.
"The State of Alabama has the greatest sports heritage of any state in the country. We will never run out of outstanding people to honor. The Hall will present its 41st class next May and will have honored 281 inductees and 24 distinguished sportsmen," he said. "What a wonderful past history it has had and my hope and wishes are that it will have at least another 41 years of such great success."
"On behalf of the Board of Directors, our inductees and the entire Hall of Fame family, we all want to thank Coach Legg for his exemplary service and dedication to the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame," said Edgar Welden Chairman of the Board of Directors.
"The Hall of Fame and Museum has been his passion for the past twenty three years and because of his major contributions over the years, it has been recognized as one of the finest in the country. We appreciate his willingness to continue to serve as a special ambassador in the years to come."
Coach Legg was honored by the Board of Directors of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame as its 2001 Distinguished Alabama Sportsman and he has also been inducted into the Woodlawn High School Hall of Fame, the Birmingham- Southern College Sports Hall of Fame and the Alabama High School Coaches Hall of Fame.