Al Molde (born November 15, 1943) is a former college Athletics Director and American football coach. Molde retired as Director of Athletics at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota on June 1, 2012, having held the position since 1997. Under his guidance, the Golden Gusties finished in the top 20 in the NCAA Division III NACDA Director's Cup standings several times. Molde is best known for his success while serving as the head football coach at Sioux Falls College (1971–1972), the University of Minnesota Morris (1973–1979), Central Missouri State University (1980–1982), Eastern Illinois University (1983–1986), and Western Michigan University (1987–1996), compiling a career college football coaching record of 168–104–8 (.614). In 2013, Molde briefly re-entered the coaching fraternity with the Saarland Hurricanes of the German Football League.
Molde's collegiate coaching career has included stops at Sioux Falls College (1971–1972), University of Minnesota Morris (1973–1979), and Central Missouri State University (1980–1982), as well as the schools listed below.
Molde was the 20th head football coach for the Eastern Illinois University Panthers located in Charleston, Illinois and he held that position for four seasons, from 1983 until 1986. His career coaching record at Eastern Illinois was 32–15 (.681), and he guided his 1983 and 1986 teams into the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs, with the latter team finishing the season with a record of 11–2 and one of the most prolific passing offenses in the nation. As of completion of the 2007 season, he is fourth at Eastern Illinois for total wins, and third at EIU for winning percentage. While the head coach at Eastern, he tutored current New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.
Prior to his tenure at Gustavus, he was the head football coach at Western Michigan University from 1987 through 1996, where he is tied as the winningest coach in school history (62–47–2, .568) and led the Broncos to the Mid-American Conference championship in 1988. At the time of his departure, he was also among the top 10 winningest coaches in college football, with 168 wins during his 26-year career.
Western Michigan University inducted Molde into its Athletics Hall of Fame in a ceremony on October 31, 2008. Molde earned Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year honors in guiding WMU to its first outright MAC championship and a California Bowl berth in 1988. Among other highlights during his 10-year career at WMU, Molde boasts the highest home winning percentage (37–16, .698) in school history, is tied with William H. Spaulding for the most career wins (62), coached 22 of the 100 players on WMU's "All Century Team," has the eighth-most victories among all-time MAC football coaches, and his teams led the MAC in passing offense five times (1987, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994), total offense three times (1988, 1990, 1992), scoring offense once (1988), and rushing defense and scoring defense once (1994). During his tenure, WMU notched notable non-conference wins over Wisconsin (the school's first win over a Big Ten team), Iowa State, Army, Temple and battled TCU to a tie. Molde had a winning record against seven of the nine other MAC schools and his teams finished third or better in 6 of his 10 seasons coaching in the league.
Molde returned to coaching in the fall of 2012 and took over the reigns of the Saarland Hurricanes (Saarbrücken, Germany) of the German Football League for the 2013 season.