Al was born and raised on a dairy farm in Kewaunee, Wisconsin. He graduated from Kewaunee High School in 1976, where he lettered in football, basketball and track. During his senior year, he was an All-Conference Quarterback and led the team to a 9-0 conference championship season. He played for Hall of Fame Coach, Don Rabas.
Al attended UW-Oshkosh where he lettered four years in football. He started 30 consecutive games and earned All-Conference honors his senior year. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education/Health in 1981. Later in his teaching career, Al earned his Master of Science degree from UW-River Falls.
Al started his 35-year coaching career at Oshkosh Lourdes Academy where he coached football, basketball and track. In 1982, he started his teaching career for the Green Bay School district and coached freshman football for Green Bay West High School. During his 17 years at West High, he coached three levels of football, JV basketball for five years and was an assistant track coach for 11 years. During this time the football program had five playoff appearances and three conference championships.
In the year 2000, Al followed Head Coach, Mike Williquette to Bay Port High School.
During his 15-year tenure as defensive coordinator, the Pirates made the playoffs 15 consecutive years and won five conference championships. Also, they finished runner-up seven years. In 2003, 2005 and 2014 the Pirates made the state semi-finals. In 2003, the Pirates were 11-1. The defense had seven shutout games, including six in a row. Three of those shut-outs were in the playoffs. This was accomplished with no Division 1 recruits on the team! Coach Schlies’ record at Bay Port was 119 wins and 40 losses. In 2006 he received the Bellin Health Night of Champions Coach of the Year Award.
Al was blessed to work with three Hall of Fame coaches throughout his career: Mike Miller, Ron Miller and Mike Williquette. All of them had a direct impact on his successful career. They were great role models and coaches who taught lifetime skills to the athletes. Character building was just as important as winning football games.