- Captain of the Golden Bears football team in 1971 and 1972
- Member of the 1972 College Bowl championship team
- Coached at the high school and Alberta Junior Football levels
- Held many senior management positions, including U of A Director of Athletics from 1989-1993 and 2005-2009
- Received the prestigious Austin Matthews Award from the CIS in 2014 for his outstanding contributions to Canadian university sport
Dale was born in Edmonton and attended McNally Composite High School where he was a multi-sport athlete; he played on seven teams in his senior year. At the University of Alberta Dale played on the Golden Bears football team from 1968-1972, during which time the team competed in the 1971 and 1972 College Bowl championships (winning in 1972). As a defensive back Dale earned team rookie of the year honors in 1968, and served as Golden Bear team captain in 1971 and 1972. A highlight of his university football involvement was completing a touchdown pass off a fake field goal in the 1972 College Bowl.
Dale graduated with a Bachelor of Physical Education degree in 1972 and received an MSc degree in Physical Education and a professional teaching certificate in 1974 from the University of Alberta. Dale then embarked on a career that included teaching and coaching in the Edmonton Public School system and at Medicine Hat College; coaching the Medicine Hat Rattlers in the Alberta Junior Football League; and a variety of sports management positions both in the public sector and at the University of Alberta.
Among the many executive roles fulfilled by Dale are the following: Chairman Physical Education Department Medicine Hat College; Manager Technical Operations Sports Division 1983 World University Games Organizing Committee; General Manager Lindsay Park Sports Centre (Calgary); Marketing Manager Alberta Sport Council; Marketing and Public Relations Manager U of A Department of Athletics; University of Alberta Senior Development Officer; Director of University Liaison, Edmonton 2001 World Championships in Athletics; Director of Development and Alumni Affairs University of Alberta Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation; and Associate Director of Development University of Alberta.
In addition to holding the above noted senior management positions, Dale served two terms as the University of Alberta Director of Athletics (1989-1993) and (2005-2009). In this capacity Dale provided oversight to a program involving 25 varsity athletic teams, 80 full and part-time staff and 475 athletes. Through Dale’s innovative leadership the University of Alberta’s athletic teams continued their tradition of excellence both in western Canada and nationally. And during Dale’s tenure as Athletic Director his emphasis on the ‘scholar-athlete’ produced an unprecedented number of Academic All-Canadians. Dale also played a significant role in the development of Foote Field a major legacy facility on the University’s south campus.
Dale’s influence in promoting high level sporting practices extended beyond Edmonton to the Canada West and Canadian Interuniversity Sport associations. For his outstanding contribution to Canadian university sport Dale received the prestigious Austin Matthews award in 2014. Dale also had a positive impact on university sport at the international level through his involvement in the highly successful World University Summer Games 1983 held in Edmonton; selection as Chef de Mission Canadian team at the 1991 World University Winter Games in Sapporo Japan; and as a member of the Edmonton bid committee for the 2015 Summer Games.
While playing Golden Bears football Dale was a consummate leader and team player, qualities that carried over to his impressive career in sport administration.