Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Over twenty coaches, who have come through the Dans’ system as players or coaches, have found careers in the coaching ranks.

MIKE HUTCHEON was the 1st head coach of the Danville Dans (1989-1993). He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant under college baseball coaching legend Ron Polk at Mississippi State. “Hutch” is currently head baseball coach of the U.S. Air Force Academy Falcon baseball team. A native of Gunnison, Co., Mike is married to Laura, his wife of 18 years. The couple are parents of four children; two daughters, Manie (17), and Mary Garland (Gigi – 9), and two sons, Dane (13) and Hal (7).

XAN BARKSDALE (Dans 2002) is beginning his 2nd season as a Louisville Cardinal assistant coach, having helped guide the club to an NCAA World Series run last season. His primary responsibilities are hitters and catchers. Barksdale joined the Cardinal staff after spending 3 seasons in the Atlanta Braves system. He received his bachelor’s degree in marketing, with a minor in math, while playing baseball at Ole' Miss under current Cardinal Head Coach, Dan McDonnell, a Rebel assistant at the time. Xan’s hometown is Madison, Mississippi.

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