Montana State University - Bozeman.
He also competed in the 1988, 1992, and 2000 Summer Olympics. In the hammer throw finals at the 1996 Olympic Games, only the top eight competitors after three throws were awarded three additional throws. Deal fouled his first two throws.
His third equaled the eighth longest throw of the competition.
However, he was only in ninth place, because the other competitor had a second legal throw. The announcer initially stated that, on the basis of that tiebreaker, Deal was out of the rest of the competition.
The officials corrected the error, however. IAAF rules do not call for breaking ties in this case.
Deal graduated from Natrona County High School in Casper, Wyoming where he earned All-State Honors in football, wrestling, and track.
He went on to graduate from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. He currently works at the University of Oregon as the Director of Track & Field Venues and Program Support. He was the throws coach (for discus, hammer, javelin, and shot put) at the University of Oregon until 2010.
Deal is married and has one daughter.
Deal was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame on September 25, 2007. He was also inducted into the Wyoming Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.
In 2014, he was elected into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.
Member New York Athletic Club.
Married Nancy Deal; 1 child, Sarah Elizabeth.