In 1972, Windsor Locks High School had only played two seasons of football.
1972 was the fledgling team’s first year in the Central Valley Conference which included larger schools like Windsor, Glastonbury, and Newington.
Dan joined the football team in 1972 as a freshman and saw action at running back and defensive back. That year he had the dubious honor of having thirteen touchdowns thrown against him in five games.
In those early years the team was building a nucleus of talent around young players like Dan. In the 1972 and 1973 seasons the team managed only one win per season.
Before the 1974 season the team spent a week at football camp where Dan was named co-captain. The effort paid off with the team winning it’s first two games, the second against perennial powerhouse Simsbury.
By season’s end the team boasted a 6-3-1 season (5-2 in the CVC) behind Dan’s 1,051 yards and 72 points. Dan received an “Honorable Mention” on the 1974 All-CVC football team.
The team built on the previous season’s success in 1975 and finished with a 7-3 overall record. The team’s 4-2 was good enough for second place in the conference.
The 1975 team had the best offense and second best defense in the league, outscoring opponents 214-91.
Dan ran for 1,054 yards and scored 92 points. He was unanimously voted to the All-CVC football team. Several coaches in the conference agreed that Dan was the best running back they had faced in many seasons.
After graduation from WLHS, Dan played two years at Mattatuck Junior College in Waterbury where he was named Athlete of the Year.
After Mattatuck, Dan played two years at the University of New Haven. In 1979, Dan led UNH to an undefeated season and a New England Conference title.
Dan loved fishing and spending time with his family and friends.
Dan passed away on August 13, 2012 at the age of 55 leaving behind a son, Erik.
Those who knew Dan best remember his infectious smile and fierce loyalty to his friends. He is sorely missed!