Dane Whiteside began his baseball career at an early age. When he was four years old he played in the Pee-Wee league in the El Dorado Recreation Program with his two older brothers. He began catching for his older brother, Dennis, at the age of six and from that point on he specialized in that position. Dane played for Little League All-Star teams for six years.
In 1977, Dane caught for the American Legion "B" State Championship team and won the batting title in the state tournament. He lettered two years in baseball for El Dorado High School and was the catcher on the 1979 team that placed third in the Kansas State High School Tournament. He also lettered for three years in football and two years in swimming during his high school years.
Dane started his college career at Butler County Community College an was named as an All-American his sophomore year.
In 1981, he signed a national letter of intent to attend the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He was named co-captain both years at UIC. Upon graduation, Dane was named assistant baseball coach for UIC. During the winter of 1987, he went on a foreign tour to South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong where his team completed against foreign professional teams.
In 1990, he was hire as an Assistant Athletic Director at UIC and then in July 2001, was promoted to Associate Athletic Director.
Dane played semi-pro baseball during his career for Kenai, Alaska, Wichita Pilots and Wellington Dukes. Unfortunately, most of Dane's athletic records were lost in a flood.
Dane resides in Lombard, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago with his wife, Diana, daughter, Lacey and son, Dean.