Donald Alvin Buford

Donald was born on February 2, 1937, in Linden, Texas, grew up in Los Angeles where he attended Dorsey High School, he went on to play at University of Southern California where he was a member of USC first of ten national championships and became a member of the USC Hall of Fame and earn a 2015 Baseball Life Time Achievement Winner.

Don played with 2 MLB teams the Chicago White Sox and the Baltimore Orioles where they won the 1969 World Series. Don is also member of the Orioles Hall of Fame.

Mr. Buford worked as the first-base coach for four years, and later served under Robinson with the Orioles and Washington Nationals. He also served as a minor-league manager several times and worked with the Orioles in player development for a few years in the 1990s. Don also was the director of
MLB Urban Youth Academy for 4 years Doug Takaragawa is from Los Angles and has had a long-standing career in baseball. He began playing at
an early age and continued through to Azusa Pacific College.

He is best known as an international Major League Baseball scout. He worked as the Scouting Supervisor for a number of teams including, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians, and the Philadelphia Phillies. While with Phillies, he was in charge of international scouting. He scouted for the San Diego Padres and Texas
Rangers as well.

Doug has an interest in the development of young players who have a desire to play professional baseball. He served as the MLB Urban Youth Academy Coordinator of Programs, Scouting, and Player Development. He also coached baseball at John Marshall High School in Los Angeles.

San Fernando Valley Division
BASEBALL COACH

Dayle Carlo Campbell has been involved in the game of baseball for quite some time. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the fifth round of the 1966 MLB June Amateur Draft, the Baltimore Orioles in the fourth round in 1967, and the California Angeles in the first round (13th) in the 1968 Draft, all out of
Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.

A proud alum of Pepperdine University, Dayle holds a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education and Master Degree in Education. He has two lifetime Community College teaching credentials and has taught high school and coached varsity baseball for over 31 years. Dayle carries the honor of being the first African American to be inducted into Pepperdine’s Baseball Hall of Fame. And since following his many years of teaching, he has become a next level baseball instructor,mentor, educator, and supervisor of baseball and softball games at the Urban Youth Academy.

Doug Allen former Arizona State stand out wide receiver were he earned 2 nd team all pac-10 honors and held the single season touchdown record for a time. Doug was than drafted in the 4 th round to the New York Jets. After his football career Doug open a restaurant along with his family, and spent the majority of his career as a Real Estate professional. Doug with his love for photography and videography than decided to take his love into a career and become a high school TV/Video Broadcasting Teacher, Doug uses his skills
to teach the youth life skills through videography.

Doug Takaragawa ;  

All conference all NAIA in District 3 as a freshman at Azusa Pacific Jr College, MVP of Azusa Pacific Jr. College baseball team. Involved with Major League Baseball for over 35 years, 25 years as a scout with several teams such as the Philadelphia Phillies as International scouting supervisor, Pittsburgh pirates scouting supervisor, Cleveland Indians scouting supervisor, Associated scout San Diego Padres & Texas Rangers  also worked as MLB Urban Youth Academy coordinator,  program director , scouting & player development.

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