Dan Thurston

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Career Highlights

  • Over 25 years of baseball coaching experience
  • Assistant Coach at Hanover College, NCAA Division III
  • High School Head Coach or Assistant Coach for 10 years
  • Travel ball Coach for Indiana Bats, Indiana Bandits, Indiana Bulls and Cincinnati Flames
  • Owned and operated the Indiana Rawlings Tigers Organization and Long Toss Indiana training facility
  • Coached or trained 4 players who went on to professional baseball and over 25 players who have played college baseball

Colleges My Players Have Played For

NCAA D1: University of Kentucky, Ohio State University, West Virginia University, Western Kentucky University, Ohio University, Harvard, Indiana, Cornell, Purdue-Fort Wayne

NCAA D2: University of Indianapolis, Lewis University, McKendree College, Tusculum College (TN)

NCAA D3: Hanover College, Franklin College, Earlham College, Anderson University

NAIA: Georgetown College(KY), Indiana University-Southeast Marian University, Indiana Tech University, Lindsey Wilson College(TN)

Career Bio

Dan Thurston grew up in Mooresville, Indiana which is a suburb on the Southwest side of Indianapolis. He graduated and played baseball, basketball and tennis at Mooresville High School. While in high school, Dan was an All-Conference player in baseball (3 times), basketball (2 times) and tennis (once) and was Honorable Mention All-State in baseball during his senior year. Dan played baseball at Hanover College. He was the Freshman of the Year on the conference and All-Conference twice while at Hanover.

Dan is a retired police officer from the City of Madison Police Department. He served 24 years and was Chief of Police for over 5 years. Dan has over 25 years of coaching baseball at various levels. He has coached at the youth levels, high school levels and travel teams. Dan owned and operated the Indiana Rawlings Tigers travel baseball organization and Long Toss Indiana baseball training facility before selling it in 2018.

Dan and his wife of 31 years, Jackie, currently live in Madison, Indiana. They have three adult children, Trey (28), Ryan (25) and Trisha (22). Dan enjoys coaching and instructing student-athletes because there are so many life skills that can be taught with athletics, especially baseball, that will carry on with the player far beyond when their playing career is over.

Why Athletes & Parents Are Raving About Us

  • Austin Mowrey Austin Mowrey Columbia University - Baseball Team
    I would recommend SportsForce to other student-athletes because of the work they do for you. They provide all student athletes with the chance to continue their education and athletic careers.  
  • Garrett Hastings Garrett Hastings University of Kentucky - Basketball Team
    They (Sports Force) have an understanding of the process, templates and the data to develop communication for schools across the country and all athletic and educational levels. But be prepared as a family to make an effort to work together and research. 
  • Joel Brown Joel Brown Chapman University - Baseball Team
    I would recommend SportsForce to any other athlete because recruiting today is entirely different than it was 10 years ago. You can’t just be a star athlete on your high school team or have a good weekend at a tournament and receive a college scholarship. You have to go out of your way and contact as many schools as possible and SportsForce makes sure you are able to successfully do this. They helped me receive opportunities I wouldn’t have been able to receive on my own. SportsForce is the way to go if you are serious about playing college athletics.  
  • Austin Ruiz Austin Ruiz Azusa Pacific University - Baseball Team
    I highly recommend getting involved with Andrew and his talented team as early on in the process as you can. It will save you a lot of frustration and money in the long run. His team is very knowledgeable and they can help in many ways. It was money well spent and we thank you guys for everything you have done for our son as well as our family. Jenna is next!  -Parents of Austin Ruiz

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