Don was a strong-hitting and cannon-armed outfielder. Grew up in Tallmadge, played on Little League, Mickey Mantle and Connie Mack State title teams. He was 3-time All-Metro selection at Tallmadge High while picking up a Connie Mack MVP tourney award. Don earned a scholarship to Miami of Ohio as the Redskins won the MAC in 1979 and were runner-ups in 1980 and 1981. Don played for champion Akron Insulating AA teams, made the All-Star team twice and delivered the game-winning RBI hit in the 1979 AA title game. After a stint in the KC Royals minor leagues, Don returned home to coach Tallmadge High during 8 successful years. His teams were State Tournament Runner-ups in 1996-2000-2001 and won the State tournament in 2002, the first Summit County public school to win that title. His teams won four Suburban League titles. Don is currently Athletic Director at Tallmadge High.