Dial accepting his plaque at the 2016 Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame Ceremony from Mayor Mick Cornett and Steve Patterson
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Oral Roberts University
Joe Dial is a native of Marlow, Oklahoma, While at Marlow High School; Dial set the current Class 2A state record in the long jump with a leap of 23'05" in 1981. He was the Oklahoma Class 2A state long jump champion in 1980 and 1981, and was a four-time state champion in the pole vault (1978-81). Dial was the first high school pole vaulter to clear 18 feet. Following high school, Dial attended Oklahoma State University, (OSU), where he was a four-time NCAA and six-time Big Eight Conference pole vault champion. Dial was the first collegiate pole vaulter to clear 19 feet, as he broke the Big Eight Conference record at the 1985 championships after vaulting 19’01.5”. Joe Dial was the world record-holder in the pole vault in 1986. He also held the American pole vault record for nine years (1985-94), breaking his own record nine times in that span. His highest vault was 19'06.5". Dial won the bronze medal at the 1989 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. For his efforts, Dial was inducted into the Pole Vault Hall of Fame in 2011. He was inducted into the OSU Hall of Fame in 2002.
Joe Dial has been head coach of the men's and women's track and cross country programs at Oral Roberts University (ORU) since 1993. During his tenure at ORU, he has coached 20 All-Americans and has turned ORU into a powerhouse in the Mid-Continent Conference. Included in his time at ORU are three NCAA National Championships. Dial has received Mid-Con Coach of the Year honors on 13 occasions since ORU joined the conference in 1997. He was also named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCA) 2006 Midwest Region Men's Coach of the Year for the outdoor season.
Dial and his wife Shawna, an assistant coach at ORU, have three children: Timmy, Tommy, and Tyler.