Coach Dau, a Lake Forest College Athletic Hall of Famer, is in his 49th season with the Forester football program after two years as a player, 26 as the head coach, and 20 as an assistant. He helped Lake Forest claim a conference title while serving in each of those roles (1957, 1983, 2002).
Dau was the Most Valuable Player for the Foresters’ 1957 College Conference of Illinois championship squad. He was also named to the Little All-America team that season as an offensive lineman.
Dau was the head coach from 1966-91 and won more games than any other coach in team history. He has coached the Foresters' running backs for 16 years and directed a First Team All-MWC back during six of those seasons.
Dau guided the 1983 Foresters to a 7-2 record and the Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference title. The squad tied the single-season school record for wins, a mark that was broken by the 2002 Midwest Conference Championship team.
Dau, Lake Forest’s athletic director from 1975-92, also directs the Forester handball team and has coached baseball, basketball, and track. Under his direction, the handball program has collected 42 collegiate national championships.
Dau was inducted to the Lake Forest College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977 and the United States Handball Association Hall of Fame in 1988.
He and his wife Paula live in Lake Forest.