Former Alabama assistant coach Joe Pendry was announced as general manager of Alliance Birmingham on Monday.

Alliance Birmingham is a team in The Alliance of American Football, a professional league founded this year set to begin play in February 2019. Pendry was offensive line coach at Alabama from 2007-10, then moved into an off-field role until he retired earlier this summer.

“This is an amazing opportunity to build something special here in Birmingham, Alabama, and the work is already underway,” Pendry said in a news release. “Football is king in Alabama and we know when it comes time for our first snap, we’ll have a loyal and energetic fanbase behind us. We are committed to putting a product on the field that they will be proud to support.”

Former NFL assistant coach Tim Lewis had previously been announced as head coach of Alliance Birmingham. The team also announced that Trey Brown, former director of college scouting and player personnel executive for the Philadephia Eagles, as executive vice president of football operations.

Pendry spent almost four decades in coaching before moving into his off-field role with Alabama. He was a member of the coaching staff for Alabama’s 2009 national championship.

“We have placed an emphasis on bringing in front office staff with the experience needed to identify top talent and build a highly competitive team, and that’s reflected in Alliance Birmingham,” head of football operations J.K. McKay said in the release. “Joe has spent over forty years on college and NFL sidelines working closely with players and knows what it takes to build a strong team and compete at a high level. With Joe Pendry, Trey Brown and Tim Lewis at the helm, we look forward to seeing what Alliance Birmingham can achieve on and off the field.”

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