B.A. degree, University of South Carolina Upstate, 1992
Frederick Community College, 1987-1988
Dan attended Frederick Community College for two years, whereas a baseball player he earned a .290 average in his freshman year (9 doubles, 5 homeruns, 30 rbi’s) and a.385 during his sophomore year (15 doubles, 9 home runs, 43 rbi’s in ony 33 games). His talents earned him a baseball scholarship to USC-Upstate. He returned to FCC as baseball coach from 1996 to 2002. During his tenure as coach, he led FCC to three World Series (1998, 2001 and 2002), was named Coach of the Year in 1998, 2001 and 2002 in both the Maryland JUCO and Region XX. He was named Louisville Slugger and Diamond Sports Regional Coach of the year in 1998, 2001 and 2002; College Coach of the Year in the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches in 1998, and was named 2002 Division II JUCO World Series Coach of the year.
Dan served as Head Coach at Division II Mars Hill College in North Carolina from 2003-2012. The program had never finished over .555 or higher than seventh place, and he built it into a perennial contender, finishing sixth or better six of ten years, including second in 2010 and third in 2009. He became the winningest coach in program history with a total of 232 wins. He was voted South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year as voted on by peers (the first coach in the program’s history to receive this honor). He guided Mars Hill to the South Atlantic Conference game in 2006 and 2010. The year 2010 gained the college its first national ranking in program history.
He subsequently served as head coach at Enka High School in Asheville, North Carolina, from 2013-2014, and was named the Mountain Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. He is currently the assistant coach at the University of North Carolina-Asheville.
“One of the best decisions I have ever made in my life was to attend Frederick Community College after high school. From being a student-athlete, to coach and mentor, FCC has been an integral part of my life for the past 30 years. Truly, what makes FCC so special is the people and I am very appreciative to the faculty and staff for the guidance, friendship and significant impact on my life and career.”