Al was born in Rose Valley Saskatchewan, attended high school in Rocky Mountain House, and played volleyball for the University of Calgary, graduating in 1972.
Al worked for Alberta Forestry before beginning a 31 year career at Olds College as Athletic Director & Coordinator of Recreation. Coached a variety of successful teams; Men's and Women's Volleyball, curling & golf. Of note the 1978 Men's Volleyball team who were ACAC Champions, 4 West Champions and silver medalists at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championships in Montreal. Recognized as the ACAC & CCAA Volleyball Coach of the Year in 1989.
Al promoted Olds College into the ACAC in 1966 and subsequently served as ACAC President for two terms. He served on the Olds College Board of Governors and was the Faculty Association President for two terms.
Al also played professional fastball, coached the Alberta Men's Volleyball Can-Am Games Team in 1976-77, served on the Alberta Sports Council and was the Director of Sport for 1983 Alberta Summer Games. He is a National Golf Rules official.
Al is retired with his wife Joan enjoying winters in Florida. Their three children each played professional sport & bring their grandchildren to visit whenever possible.