Former Temple football coach Bobby Wallace has a new home.
Wallace, who left Temple in December following the 2005 season, was named head coach on March 15 at West Alabama, a Division II school. He coached Temple for eight seasons, compiling a 19-71 record.
Wallace announced in October that he would not seek a contract extension following the 2005 season in which the Owls went 0-11. Wallace said he would not seek future work immediately. At the time, he said he was content with resigning to his Gulf Shores, Ala., beach house.
“I’ve got five more games left in me, [then] I’ll be sitting on the beach,” he said.
Wallace struggled on the D-I level with Temple, but he had experienced great success prior to his time here. He won three National Championships with D-II North Alabama of the Gulf South Conference, the same conference as his new employer.
Wallace will take over a West Alabama team that went 2-9 last season.
In Monday’s edition of the Huntsville (Ala.) Times, Wallace said members of West Alabama’s administration are committed to seeing the school’s football team excel. At Temple that kind of support just was not there, Wallace added.
“I don’t think you can compare the two at all,” he said. “We never had a level playing field at Temple. At West Alabama, we’ll have a level playing field.”
Elsewhere, former Temple defensive coordinator Raymond Monica was named head coach at D-II Kutztown. This will be the first in 17 seasons that Wallace and Monica will be coaching separate teams. They had coached together at North Alabama prior to coming to Temple.