Don Sarette earned eleven varsity letters at Central High School from which he was graduated in 1957. He helped lead Central to two state basketball titles. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1961 where he quarterbacked Syracuse to a national championship in football. He was also the starting third baseman for the baseball team which finished third in the country in 1961. He played in three college football bowls--the Orange Bowl, the Cotton Bowl, and the Liberty Bowl. After college he played in the Canadian Football League and later coached high school baseball and football. Two teams which he coached in football won state titles.