Learned the game in Cuyahoga Falls Youth Leagues as a hard hitting outfielder. Hit .412 for "D" state champion C.F.L. & B Construction Company in 1967. Was a three year starter at St. Vincent High School and lead the Irish with a .378 battling average and was All-City in 1971. After a football career at Indiana U, Dan returned home to coach St.Vincent-St. Mary High baseball teams to the best years in the school's history. In thirteen years Dan's Irish squad posted a 225-84 record while winning seven Diamond League titles, numerous district titles and State championships in 1986 and 1989. Dan also was defensive head coach for Irish football for thirteen years and is presently head coach of Copley High School where his Indians have been very successful.