Dan's wake up call came back in 2004, when he was told that he had earned a spot on a small Division-I baseball team, but it came with no scholarship money and no promises. Arriving on campus, he decided that being the last pitcher on the depth chart wasn't good enough. So, he made a plan and got to work. Over the next few years, Dan transformed himself from an 80mph pitcher to one throwing in the mid-90s
In 2010, Dan founded Warbird Academy, a successful baseball and sports performance facility located in Normal Illinois. He completed his 7th year in professional baseball in 2016, earning All-Star selections in 2012 and 2015. This journey from the last pitcher to a minor league All-Star did not come cheaply, as he missed all of 2009 and 2013 with Tommy John surgery. Dan didn't stop; he set goals, made a plan, and completed two arduous, 18-month comebacks. These lessons in dealing with hardship and setbacks are conveyed in his teachings.
Dan's goal as a speaker is to pass along the lessons he's learned during an incredible journey in baseball, business and life. From an underperforming kid to a two-time All-Star, from a seedling personal training business to a booming sports performance academy, and from a humble blogger to published author, Dan has made these leaps with determination, focused goals and planning. The heartbreak of a difficult baseball career only made the story more interesting.