Dan McCauley graduated from Fremont H.S. in 2004 where he earned two varsity letters in baseball. During his senior season, McCauley had five game winning hits and one of those was a walk-off homerun. Dan also led the team in RBI his senior season. He got the win in the championship game of the Eagle Classic as well.
In Dan's first year of college, he attended The Ohio State University. While there, Dan was part of the Ohio State Baseball Team that won the Big Ten Championship in 2005 and received the automatic bid in the NCAA regionals.