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Dale Carlson is an American football coach and former player. His first head coaching job was at Lakeland College. He also served as head coach at Taylor University. After leaving Taylor, he started the football programs at Tri-State University and Ohio Dominican University. In 2009, he was named the NAIA Independent Football Coach of the Year. He then spent four years as the head football coach at Valparaiso University until his firing near the end of 2013 season.
Carlson played linebacker during college at Concordia University Chicago, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education. He earned a Master of Science in Education from Chicago State University.
Carlson has served as an assistant coach at Elmhurst College, Franklin College and Grand Valley State University. Has been active in the American Football Coaches Association and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He built football program at Tri-State University, now Trine University in Angola, Indiana. He also began the Ohio Dominican in Columbus, Ohio.
- "Carlson Relieved of Duties as Head Coach of Valparaiso Football Program". November 10, 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2013.