Chris Dial was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. He is a product of East Central High School and Texas Lutheran University, where he was a member of the men’s basketball team and graduated with degrees in Political Science and Psychology. Chris later attended Texas State University and completed a Master’s program in International Studies, which has aided in his endeavors in sports diplomacy.
Chris was a high school varsity basketball coach at the Public and Private school level in the San Antonio area from 2000 to 2015. In 2009 he began a working relationship with the Turkish Basketball Federation that is now going on its 8th year and has taken him to over 50 towns and cities in Turkey. Chris began a similar working relationship with the Romanian Basketball Federation in 2011 through the graces of his friends in Turkey. Chris has been a head coach now, in both Federations' summer programs and has directed and run over 75 international camps and clinics designed to assist the players and coaches in these countries in their quest to achieve greatness through sport, specifically basketball.
His international basketball relationships have taken him to Turkey, Romania, Greece, Israel, Palestine, Northern Cyprus, Kosovo, Macedonia, San Marino, Georgia, and Bulgaria. In the Fall of 2014 Chris legitimized what had been a long time dream with the creation of The Basketball Embassy. The Basketball Embassy is currently working with multiple National Federations, providing programs specific to those countries' needs.
In June of 2015, Chris and The Basketball Embassy hosted the inaugural Basketball Embassy Assembly, featuring a collection of players and coaches from the international community as well as American players seeking to extend their basketball careers into the American college and university systems. This well-received camp grew even larger in June 2016 and 2017's camp looks to grow again.
Chris is a FIBA licensed coach, a member of the San Antonio Area Association of Basketball Coaches, the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, in addition to a number of International Coaching organizations.