Deal Appointed Associate Director of Football Operations
June 3, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head football coach Bill Lynch announced on Tuesday afternoon that Mark Deal will step into the new position of associate director of football operations, effective immediately. Deal, who comes over to the football program after serving as an assistant director of development with IU's Varsity Club, played (1975-78) and coached (1979, 1996-99) for the Hoosiers.
"We are very fortunate to bring Mark into our program." Lynch said. "He has an intimate knowledge and love for Indiana football. Mark's passion for Indiana University is evident and infectious. He brings a tremendous amount of experience to the position and he will be a great asset for the entire program."
Deal played center for the Hoosiers from 1975-78 and was coached by current Hoosier director of football operations Harold Mauro. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at IU in 1979 under head coach Lee Corso. The 1979 squad finished with an 8-4 record, including a Holiday Bowl victory over Brigham Young, 38-37.
Deal's connections go far beyond his playing days. His father, Russ, was captain of Indiana's 1945 Big Ten championship team and is a member of the IU Athletics Hall of Fame. Mark's brother, Mike, played on the 1967 Big Ten championship and Rose Bowl team.
"I consider it a privilege and a great honor to once again serve the Indiana University football program. I am grateful to (Varsity Club Director) Scott Dolson and the entire Varsity Club for the opportunity to meet hundreds of Indiana supporters during my time as assistant director. I look forward to working with Bill Lynch, who I have known for almost 30 years. When he asked me to serve in an active role in the day-to-day activity of Indiana football, I could not say no. I have the same amount of respect for Coach Lynch that I have for Coach Bill Mallory."
Deal spent four seasons as a Hoosier offensive line coach from 1996-99 and has worked within the athletic department since 2000. Prior to his return to Bloomington, Deal spent five seasons (1991-95) as the offensive line coach at Rutgers University.
He held assistant coaching positions at Virginia Military Institute (1989-90), Kansas State University (1986-88) and Marshall University (1984-85). Deal began his coaching career as the 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.
Deal and his wife, Patricia, also an IU graduate, have two children, Carrie and Casey. Carrie was a member of the Indiana volleyball team in 2005 and 2006, making the Deal family one of only two families in Indiana Athletics history to have three generations of letterwinners. She earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2006 and is currently enrolled at IU working toward a degree in special education. Casey is a senior at Bloomington North High School and plans to attend Indiana.
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