Don grew up in Chicago and played Pond Hockey until he was 18 years old. He then joined the Chicago Blades Hockey Club for a number of years before leaving for St. Louis in January, 1977. He was asked to take over a struggling Squirt team with the Missouri Delta Hockey Club. After losing their home rink of Castle Oak to soccer, Missouri Delta merged with the Creve Coeur Hockey Club. From that point, Don has coached for Meramec, Affton, The Crusaders, Team Missouri, St. Louis High School Showcase team and eventually started the St. Louis AAA Blues program.
Currently, Don coaches the St. Louis Blues U-16 Team and is on the staff with the St. Louis AAA Blues Midget Major Team.
His achievements over the years consist of winning the Lynn Patrick Memorial Award for outstanding service in amateur hockey for 1986-1987, an award presented by the St. Louis Blueliners.
Donâ€™s teams have won over 1,500 games, and in April will be making his third trip to the Tier 1 National Championships. He has moved numerous players to Juniors, college and Professional hockey.
Don has enjoyed 52 year of marriage to his wife MaryAnn, has 5 children and 3 grandchildren.
His involvement with hockey spans a period of 67 years as a player and a coach.