Weber State football: Utah alum Joe Dale hired to coach safeties

Thursday , March 15, 2018 - 6:01 PM

OGDEN — Weber State football has named former Utah Utes player Joe Dale as an assistant coach to lead the Wildcat safeties, the program announced Thursday.

As an assistant for the last two seasons at Minot State University in North Dakota, Dale was the special teams coordinator and coached the defensive backs.

Dale played safety at the University of Utah from 2006 to 2009, where he was named the Defensive MVP of the 2007 Poinsettia Bowl.

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“Joe is someone I’ve known a long time since we recruited him at Utah in 2006,” WSU head coach Jay Hill said in a release. “He was a tough, intelligent player and showed the ability to get along with everyone.

“He knows our defense and the techniques that we use and I think he’ll do a phenomenal job in recruiting. He will be a great fit in our program.”

The Irving, Texas, native coached for three years for Madison High School in Rexburg, Idaho, and spent two seasons as a graduate assistant for the Utes in 2014 and 2015.

“I’m really excited to be at Weber State and work at a program that has had a lot of success recently,” Dale said in the release. “It’s good to be in a defensive scheme that I played in and it’s great to be around a good coaching staff with so much experience that can help me learn and grow as a coach.”

Dale replaces Preston Hadley, a BYU alum who was hired in January to coach safeties for the Cougars.

Spring camp continues for the Wildcats with their second practice Friday, and will finish April 14 with a scrimmage set for 1 p.m.

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