Al graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1970 with Masters of Sport Science and Post-graduate diploma in Administration, 1986. He lectured at the University of Lethbridge and started at Red Deer College (RDC) in 1973, where he served as Academic Chair for six years, Athletic Director for 18 years and men's hockey coach for 14 years.
Al was instrumental in the start-up of the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns, the initiation of women's hockey at RDC and within the ACAC. Al led Kings' Hockey to 3 CCAA gold and 2 CCAA silver medals. He served on the hockey development councils of Hockey Alberta, Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) and chaired the research committee of the CAHA. Al was awarded coach of the year honors in both the ACAC and Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).
Al served in multiple leadership roles within the ACAC from 1975 to 2004, including secretary, VP governance, hockey convenor (8 yrs.), WHL educational rep., president, acting general manager and several volunteer committees. He served the CCAA as conference representative for 2 years, CCAA President (6 yrs.) and executive council member for 8 years.
Al organized the first ACAC women's soccer friendly, precursor to sanctioned ACAC status, and was the lead for provincial pilot programs for Be Fit for Life Centres and Alberta Sport Development Centres.
With respect to his volunteer leadership roles Al states, "in-hindsight each role was a tremendous personal development experience and I view them as the high-lite of my professional career". Al currently consults in sport management and development.