|College:||Colorado State, 1954|
O. Kay Dalton returned to Northern Colorado Football in spring 2011 as an Offensive Consultant. He’s considered one of the brightest and most-respected minds in all of foootball, at any level, and his presence back with the Bears is, indeed, a welcome sight.
With his assistance, the offensive production increased from 293.7 yards per game in 2011 to 361.0 yards in 2012.
Dalton has served as an assistant or head football coach nearly all of the past 50 years, and he was the Bears’ head coach from 2000 to 2005, compiling a 38-31 record. He was also head coach for the CFL’s Montreal Allouettes, Western State and Trinidad State.
His assistant coaching stops have included four National Football League (NFL) teams, two Canadian Football League (CFL) teams and two NCAA Division I programs, before arriving at UNC in 1989.
From 1974-77, Dalton was the Denver Broncos’ receivers coach, developing Floyd Little and Riley Odoms to Pro Bowl status. For the next eight years, Dalton served as an assistant with the Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Oilers, coaching such stars as Earl Campbell, Warren Moon and O.J. Simpson. While at Kansas City, Dalton coached former UNC quarterback Bill Kenney.
Dalton returned to the Broncos and spent two more years as their receivers coach, where he coached the famed “Three Amigos” (Mark Jackson, Vance Johnson and Ricky Nattiel), John Elway’s favorite targets in the mid-1980s. He then returned to his alma mater, Colorado State, where he served as offensive coordinator from 1987-88, before arriving at UNC in 1989.
Dalton earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from CSU in 1954 and his master’s degree in psychology and counseling from CSU in 1958. A three-year starter at tight end for the Aggies, Dalton was a teammate of former UNC coaches Bob Blasi and Buck Rollins. He earned All-America honors in 1953.
He was inducted into the CSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Northern Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013. Dalton and his wife, June, reside in Greeley.
|2012-||Northern Colorado, offensive consultant|
|2000-05||Northern Colorado, head coach|
|1989-99||Northern Colorado, offensive coordinator|
|1987-88||Colorado State, offensive coordinator|
|1986-87||Denver Broncos, wide receivers|
|1985-86||Buffalo Bills, quarterbacks|
|1983-85||Houston Oilers, offensive coordinator|
|1978-83||Kansas City Chiefs, quarterbacks/wide receivers|
|1977-78||Buffalo Bills, quarterbacks/wide receivers|
|1974-77||Denver Broncos, wide receivers|
|1972-74||Colorado, offensive coordinator|
|1971-72||British Columbia Lions (CFL), offensive line/wide receivers|
|1967-79||Montreal Allouettes (CFL), head coach|
|1966-67||Montreal Allouettes (CFL), defensive coordinator|
|1961-65||Western State, head coach|
|1958-60||Trinidad State Junior College, head coach|