BIRMINGHAM, AL (WAFF) - Former Executive Director of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, William Legg, has passed away, according to organization leaders.
"Coach Legg," as he was affectionately known, died Friday after a lengthy illness.
He played a major role in the planning and oversight of the construction and eventual move of the Hall of Fame's headquarters to its present location and its later expansion.
The museum is considered one of the best state sports halls of fame 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 Legg was honored by the Board of Directors of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame as its 2001 Distinguished Alabama Sportsman; and he was also inducted into the Woodlawn High School Hall of Fame, the Birmingham-Southern College Sports Hall of Fame and the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame.
On April 4, 2009 the Legislature of the State of Alabama certified a resolution commending William L. Legg for Professional Achievement, most notably for his distinguished record as the Executive Director of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.
In 2009, former Governor Bob Riley proclaimed May 30 as "Bill Legg Day" for his service to this state.
Funeral arrangements have not been announced at this time.