COACH DUFFY was born in 1956 at South Ruislip AFB in London, England. Dan’s dad was transferred to Vandenberg Air Force Base in 1959. Dan attended schools from K-12 in the Lompoc Unified School District, graduating from Cabrillo High in 1974.
While at Cabrillo, Dan was a member of the swim team all four years. He served as Varsity Basketball Manager 1971-74, and Varsity Football Manager 1971-73. Dan played Water Polo his Senior year. During Dan’s junior year he achieved BSA’s highest honor, Eagle Scout, in 1973.
After graduating from Cabrillo in 1974 he attended Loyola Marymount University, where he was a 4-year lettermen in Water Polo, and served as Co-Captain Junior and Senior Years. Dan was voted Most Inspirational Player both Junior and Senior year as well. Dan graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science.
Dan returned to Lompoc in 1978 and began substitute teaching and coaching at Cabrillo. He served as assistant coach in the Varsity Water Polo program, instructing goalies, and served as Freshman Basketball coach and assistant Varsity Basketball coach to Glenn Abrahamsen. Dan had the pleasure to be part of both those programs achieving League Championships and the Varsity Basketball team winning the CIF 2A Championship at the Long Beach Arena.
During the course of Dan’s coaching career he has been an Assistant coach for 7 Water Polo League Champions, 10 boys Basketball League Champions and 3 Girls Basketball League Champions. In addition, Dan volunteered in community sports coaching youth teams in Lompoc Little League for 7 years, Village Hills Youth Fall Baseball for 2 years and Basketball for 6 years. Dan also umpires and referees for the local youth sports programs.
In March 1983, Dan was hired by the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department as a Custody Deputy, a position he held for 30 years. His assignments included the Main Jail, Men’s Honor Farm and for the last 13 years of his career he was assigned to Personnel as a Detective/Background Investigator. Dan also served as President of the California Background Investigator’s Association, a statewide unit of investigators conducting Public Safety Pre- Employment Investigations for Police, Fire, Sheriffs and Probation Depts. Dan has had the pleasure of hiring some of the athletes he has coached and has been able to guide and watch them become successful in their careers in Law Enforcement. Dan continues to keep in touch with many of his student athletes as the years march on.
For the past 3 decades, Dan served as the Public-Address Announcer for Cabrillo Athletic events including Varsity football, basketball and baseball games. (aka: The Voice of the Conquistadores).
Dan and his wife Deanna, have been married for 34 years. They have one child, Danny, age 32, who is a pitcher for the Kansas City Royals. Dan retired in 2014 and continues to volunteer his time to the Lompoc community and Cabrillo High School. EXECUTIVE PRODUCER— BROOKLYN CARDENAS
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