Former Utah safety Joe Dale has returned to the team as a defensive graduate assistant. Dale is in his first season assisting with the secondary, a position he has coached for the past three seasons (2011-13) at Madison High School in Rexburg, Idaho.
Last fall, he helped lead Madison High to a 12-0 record and the Idaho 5A championship. Dale also taught defensive back skills and fundamental training as the founder of Xtra Yard Training and Performance.
Dale lettered four years for the Utes from 2006-09 and started at strong safety his last two seasons. He was the Defensive MVP of the 2007 Poinsettia Bowl and was named the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week in 2009 vs. San Diego State. Dale played in four bowl wins for the Utes, starting against Navy in the 2007 Poinsettia Bowl, Alabama in the 2009 Sugar Bowl and California in the 2009 Poinsettia Bowl.
He earned a bachelor's degree in parks, recreation and tourism in 2010 and is now in graduate school at the U. in the educational psychology program.
He and his wife Kaylee have three boys (Bridger, Jaxon and Jayden) and two girls (Brielle and Kenzli). The Irving, Texas, native was born Dec. 18, 1986.