A 2013 inductee into the state of Indiana Football Hall of Fame. Deal's brother, Mike, joined him in the class. Their father, Russ, was inducted in 1976.
Came over to the football program after serving as an assistant director of development with IU's Varsity Club. Deal also played from 1975-78 and coached in 1979 and from 1996-99 for the Hoosiers.
Played center and began his coaching career as a graduate assistant in 1979 under head coach Lee Corso. The 1979 squad finished with an 8-4 record, including a Holiday Bowl victory over Brigham Young University, 38-37.
His Indiana connections go far beyond his playing days. Russ was captain of Indiana's 1945 Big Ten championship team and is a member of the IU Athletics Hall of Fame.
Mike played on the 1967 Big Ten championship and Rose Bowl team.
Spent four seasons as a Hoosier offensive line coach from 1996-99 and has worked within the department of athletics since 2000.
Prior to his return to IU, Deal spent five seasons (1991-95) as the offensive line coach at Rutgers University.
Held assistant coaching positions at Virginia Military Institute (1989-90), Kansas State University (1986-88) and Marshall University (1984-85).
Linebackers coach at Wabash College in 1980. He spent four years at the Division III school, including the 1983 season, which he spent as the team's offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.
Mark and his wife, Patricia, also an Indiana graduate, have one daughter, Carrie, one son, Casey, and one granddaughter, Eleanore Katherine, born last spring.
Carrie is married to former IU quarterback Blake Powers (2004-07). She played volleyball at IU (2005-06), making the Deal family one of only two families in Indiana Athletics history to have three generations of letterwinners. Carrie earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2006 and graduated with a degree in special education in May 2009.
Casey is a 2013 Indiana University graduate from the Kelley School of Business.
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