|Position:||Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator|
Daniel Furuto, formerly an assistant coach at Abilene Christian, joins the Georgia State baseball staff as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
In his one season at Abilene Christian, Furuto coached the outfield, taught base running and assisted in running the offense while helping the program record its highest win total at the Division I level and set 13 school records. The Wildcats boasted the Southland Conference Player off the Year in All-America catcher Luis Trevino, who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays.
Furuto went to Abilene Christian in the summer of 2018 after four seasons at the University of Montevallo (2015-18). He joined that program as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator and was elevated to associate head coach for his final two seasons there.
He helped Montevallo to a No. 20 final ranking in 2018. In both 2016 and 2017, the Falcons finished in the top 15 in Division II in scoring and home runs. Six UM players signed professional contracts, including two Major League Baseball draft picks, during his stint.
“Daniel has experience at multiple levels, and he brings a roll-up-your-sleeves-and-get-to-work attitude,” Georgia State head coach Brad Stromdahl said. “He has worked with productive offensive teams throughout his career, and he has strong recruiting ties across the Southeast and in Texas.”
Furuto’s first college coaching position was at Campbell, where he served as the volunteer assistant coach for two seasons (2011-12). In 2012, he was part of the Campbell team that posted a 41-18 record, the NCAA’s biggest turnaround in wins from the previous season.
During his time there, he worked with one All-America player, four all-conference selections, one CoSIDA Academic American and four individuals who went on to sign professional contracts, including future Major Leaguers Matt Marksberry and Jake Smith.
From there, he moved to Union College as a graduate assistant in 2013 and then was elevated to assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the 2014 season. He also served as the academic coordinator and strength and conditioning coach for the NAIA program.
Furuto began his coaching career at Briarwood Christian School in 2008, serving as the head junior varsity coach and varsity assistant coach for two seasons.
He spent three summers with the Lima Locas of the Great Lake Collegiate Summer League, serving as assistant coach (2009), associate head coach (2010) and then head coach (2012).
Furuto was a four-year starter and two-time all-conference selection at Montevallo, finishing with a .330 career batting average. He led the Falcons to the 2006 NCAA Division II World Series and a No. 3 national ranking and was the Most Valuable Player of the South Central Regional Championship.
Furuto earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in kinesiology from Montevallo in 2008, and he added a master’s in educational leadership from Union College in 2014.