Helping the youth of our area become the leaders of tomorrow has been a
driving force behind the endless hours teaching baseball, working on the
baseball fields, starting tournaments, umpiring youth baseball games,
coaching youth football at the Brownson House, serving as President of
grade school booster clubs, Scouting, and the Washington High School
Marching and Steel bands.
Dan is a hands on guy and performed as a coach and manager for 20 years
in Pony Baseball. He became the Pony Baseball Head Groundskeeper after
serving several years helping the Legendary Head Groundskeeper, John
Sorice. He became head groundskeeper after the retirement of Mr. Sorice
and held that position for 15 years. During the same time period he
helped work on the other ball fields in the program and helped build
Bronco Field #2.He started and managed the 13 year old tournament for 14
years before it became a Sanctioned Tournament. He also became an umpire
in the younger baseball leagues for several years.
Dan was voted into the PONY League Baseball Wall of Fame. He was a 1987
United States Baseball Federation Finalist for Pennsylvania Armature
Baseball Coach of the Year. Dan served in the U.S. Army from 1953 thru
Gagich became involved in the midget football program at the Brownson
House as a coach and as President of itís booster club for 12 years. He
was coach of the year in1968.
Dan was also active in the Boy Scouts, Washington High School Marching
Band and Steel Band.