Dale Armstrong is entering his fifth season with the Illini in 2006. He works primarily with the goalkeepers at Illinois and was a big factor in the Illini defense recording 13 shuotuts, breaking countless records and winning the Big Ten Tournament title with three consecutive shutouts in 2003. Armstrong previously worked with head coach Janet Rayfield and fellow assistant coach Marcia McDermott in 1990 and '91 when they were both at the University of Arkansas.
Before coming to Illinois, Armstrong was very active in coaching in the state of Oklahoma. From 1999-2002, he coached the Cascia Hall Preparatory High School girls team. He was also the goalkeeper trainer for six competitive club teams in the Tulsa area and spent two seasons as the goalkeeper trainer for Oral Roberts University.
Armstrong attended the University of Arkansas and earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration in 1991 and a master's of sports management in 1992. While there, he served as a student assistant coach and as a graduate assistant for the Razorbacks. At the same time, he was a keeper for the Arkansas Diamonds of the United States Indoor Soccer League in 1991 and '92. Armstrong has earned State, National, Advanced National and Premier level National Soccer Coaches Association of America diplomas.
Dale and his wife, Becky, were married in 1999. They have two sons - Daley, 5, and Rhett, nine months.