Coale excelled at football, indoor track, and lacrosse at EHS, leading all three teams as captain.
On the football field, he showed enormous versatility, playing punter, kicker, punt returner, kickoff returner, wide receiver, and safety. He was named All-IAC as a sophomore, junior, and senior; second-team All-State as a sophomore and junior; first-team All-State as a senior; and second-team All-Met as a senior.
Additionally, the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club named him Football Athlete of the Month as a junior and Football Athlete of the Year as a senior. His teammates selected him for the Jack Moncure Award for Most Valuable Player as a junior and senior.
He was a four-year letterman in lacrosse. As a junior, he was named All-IAC and All-State, and was an Honorable Mention All-Met. He was the team MVP his senior year, when he also earned Honorable Mention All-Met recognition and was nominated for the Tewaaraton Award for the most valuable player in the Washington/Baltimore area. He was offered lacrosse scholarships to Johns Hopkins University and the University of Virginia but elected to accept a football scholarship to Virginia Tech.
Pete Gillin, his EHS lacrosse coach, remarked, “We’ve never had a kid in my time at Episcopal play at that high level in two different sports. But as good a lacrosse player as he is now, I believe Danny will be a better football player.”
Upon graduation from EHS, Coale was awarded the Rinehart Medal for Athletic Worth as the School’s most outstanding all-around male athlete.
Coale had an illustrious career as a wide receiver at Virginia Tech. After college, he was a member of the Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Indiana Colts practice squads.