He served as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator on coaching staffs at Baylor, Tennessee and Auburn, and also served as head coach at Richmond, Mars Hill and at his alma mater, Carson Newman.
He was NAIA Coach of the Year in 1971 and 1972 and was inducted into the Carson-Newman Hall of Fame in 1986. Dal was named college Coach of the Year in the state of Virginia three times and was the AFCA's Kodak Region Five Coach of the Year in 1984.
Dal left coaching in 1989 to become executive vice president of the FCA. He was named president in 1992 He retired from the presidency in 2005 and is currently the executive director of the FCA Football Coaches Ministry.
Dal is a native of South Carolina. He graduated from Carson-Newman College in 1960. He later earned a Master of Arts degree from George Peabody College at Vanderbilt.
He entered military service and played football with the Quantico Marines, which were National Service Champions. They played in the Leatherneck Bowl and the first Missile Bowl.
He has written several books including, "One Way To Play: Drug-Free!".... and "One Way To Play: A Game Plan for Coaches."
He and his wife, Barbara, have three grown children, nine grandsons and two granddaughters.