|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.
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 University, 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. Dalton and his wife, June, reside in Greeley.
- Trinidad State Junior College - Head Coach (1958-60)
- Western State College - Head Coach (1961-65)
- Montreal Allouettes (CFL) - Defensive Coordinator (1966-67)
- Montreal Allouettes (CFL) - Head Coach (1967-69)
- British Columbia Lions (CFL) - O-Line/WR Coach (1971-72)
- University of Colorado - Offensive Coordinator (1972-74)
- Denver Broncos (NFL) - Wide Receivers Coach (1974-77)
- Buffalo Bills (NFL) - Quarterbacks/WR Coach (1977-78)
- Kansas City Chiefs (NFL) - Quarterbacks/WR Coach (1978-83)
- Houston Oilers (NFL) - Offensive Coordinator (1983-85)
- Buffalo Bills (NFL) - Quarterbacks Coach (1985-86)
- Denver Broncos (NFL) - Wide Receivers Coach (1986-87)
- Colorado State University - Offensive Coordinator (1987-88)
- University of Northern Colorado - Offensive Coordinator (1989-99)
- University of Northern Colorado - Head Coach (2000-05)