Starting his sports journey as a standout three-sport athlete at Clarkston High School, Dan Fife averaged 32.4 points a game his senior year which led to an opportunity the University of Michigan. After starting every single game of his career, and also playing baseball, Fife signed with the Detroit Tigers as a pitcher. The Tigers ended up trading him to the Minnesota Twins, where he made seven starts before injuring his shoulder in the offseason. After spending a year on the disabled list, he made the decision to leave baseball and return to the University of Michigan as an assistant coach. Once he began having children however, he knew that his next move was to return to his alma mater and become the head coach of the Clarkston basketball team.
At Clarkston High School, Fife became the third-winningest coach in state history (703-170), capturing 29 league championships, 30 district titles, 13 regional titles, four state semifinal appearances and two State Championships, coaching all three of his sons.