Don graduated from Cadiz High School in 1947, from Wittenberg University in 1954 and OSU in 1958 with a Masters Degree. He coached for 36 years, seven at Roosevelt Junior High before coming to coach at Springfield North where he served as head coach for 29 years.
In high school his teams won 368 games with 247 losses. They captured 7 league titles, 11 sectional and 4 district championships. In 1972 and 1974 his teams were undefeated during the regular season losing in the regional finals. From 1970-71 to 1973-74 his teams won 84 and lost 9.
Honors include coach of the AAA South squad in North-South All-Star Game in 1972; Ohio AAA Coach of the Year; Co-coach of the Ohio Team in the Ohio-Michigan game in 1988; Coach of the Year in the Western Ohio League 7 times; Coach two Ohio Players of the Year; several All-Ohio Players; 7 Division I players and many Division II and III players.
Don served as District 9 Director on the OHSBCA Board of Directors for 15 years; coached baseball for 22 years with 252 victories and was elected to the Miami Valley Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame; coached several players in the minors and one reached the Major Leagues. He had the privilege of developing a player who became Captain of the OSU basketball team and another who became Captain of the OSU football team. Don served in the Air Force for 3 years and played in the Rice Bowl in Tokyo in January 1950.
Don and his wife Char have a son, Dow W. who is married to Kim and a daughter, Jill both of whom are teachers. They have 4 grandchildren.