Doug began his playing career back in the late seventies/early eighties. He won gold and silver medals in the California Police games. In the mid eighties, Doug started the original Sierra Heat Softball team which became the El Dorado County Sheriff's Softball club. Doug also became the tournament director of the South Lake Tahoe Law Enforcement Softball Tournament, which is now the Lake Tahoe Summer Classic. Doug built the El Dorado County Lawmen into one of the top Law Enforcement softball clubs in the west. As a player Doug was very tenacious and competitive. He was a strong hitter and heady fielder. As an organizer, NorCal Softball has grown immensely due to his efforts.