Daniel Furuto is in his first season on the Union baseball coach staff.
Prior to coming to Union, Furuto was a volunteer assistant at NCAA Division I Campbell (N.C.) University during the 2011 and 2012 season, serving under head coach Greg Goff. Furuto played for Goff at NCAA Division II University of Montevallo (Ala.). At Campbell, Furuto coached outfielders and assisted with hitting. He was heavily involved with daily operations, was the camp coordinator, and in charge of field maintenance. In 2012, the team finished 41-18 breaking the school record for wins and was just shy of breaking the NCAA record for biggest turnaround from the 2011 record of 17-38. He coached one all-American and four all- conference players, including Michael Felton who led the NCAA in hits in 2012 while also breaking the Big South Conference record.
Furuto spent the summer of 2012 as the heead coach for the Lima Locos in the Great Lakes Collegiate League. He spent two summers as an assistant coach in 2009, 2010. As the head coach, he led the team to a 24-15 record including a tie for the regular-season championship and a semi-finals appearance. In 2010 as the associate Head Coach, the Locos team went 18-21. In the summer of 2009, Furuto coached a Locos team that finished 28-8 and were regular-season champions with a berth in the GLCL playoffs. He has coached 10 players in Lima that have gone on to play professional baseball. He spent the summer of 2007 playing for the Locos as an outfielder leading them to a regular season championship and 26 wins. He was named second team All-GLSCL after hitting .295 and leading the league with 5 HRs.
Furuto played collegiately at the Montevallo. He was a four-year starter and twice named all-conference. In 2006, he led his team to a South Central Regional Championship by being named MVP, a 43-18 record, World Series semifinal, and a No. 3 final ranking. In 2007, Montevallo lost in South Central Region championship but broke the school record for wins with a 47-17 record. Overall, he was 162-82 as a starter in his four-year career and holds several school records. He graduated in the spring of 2008 with a B.A. in mathematics.
Furuto is a native of Birmingham, Ala.