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Kinetic Performance Institute on the West Coast

Kinetic Performance Institute was founded in 2020 by Erik Wagle and Dan Cabuling. Erik started Dub Baseball in 2012 to provide a better club baseball experience for youth in the Bay area. Kinetic Performance Institute was later opened to offer additional training for serious players interested in improving their abilities while ensuring they had a great experience with exceptional service and developmental tools.

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Erik Wagle, President at KPI

Erik Wagle

President

In his time in baseball, Erik Wagle has sent over 150 players to play in college, coached numerous college All Americans, and has mentored or advanced nearly 20 players into professional baseball. Wagle has an extensive and diverse career in the sport spanning every level and many roles.

Wagle's playing career started at Live Oak High School, where he was an All-Monterey Bay League player. Wagle moved on to San Jose City College, where he was a JC All-American in his sophomore season, leading the nation in saves and setting the school record in the same category. Wagle signed a scholarship with Division 1 UC Riverside before playing his final two seasons at Division II power Sonoma State.

He started his coaching career at his high school alma mater, Live Oak High School, coaching for five seasons and helping the Acorns win their first-ever CCS Championship in 2008. While there, his pitching staff led the league in ERA in three of the five years and broke the school record for ERA in 2008.

Wagle then moved on to San Jose City College, where his teams broke more pitching records, and the Jaguars led Northern California in wins during his tenure. 100% of the players at SJCC transferred to a four-year school during Wagle's time with the Jaguars.

After his time there, Wagle moved on to Cal State Monterey Bay to help revive the dormant program at the school. In year one, his pitching staff lowered their ERA over four runs from the previous year, and in year two, they shattered the school ERA record. In his two-year tenure, the team went from an 8-41 record the year before the new coaching staff arrived to a national ranking in year two of the revival.

Wagle has also served as an associate scout for the Dodgers and Nationals and was the Commissioner of the Far West College League. He served as head of the Far West College League for two years and the collegiate summer league ranked as a top-20 league in both of them.

He has a Master's Degree from Saint Mary’s College in Health and Physical Education, a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Sonoma State, and teaching credentials in Physical Education and Social Sciences. Wagle has served as a Professor in the Kinesiology Department at CSUMB and was a Physical Education Instructor while at SJCC. Wagle is a published author and journalist. He also wrote on a popular national blog, collegebaseballlineup.com, during his collegiate coaching career. He is single and currently resides in Morgan Hill, CA.

Daniel Cabuling, Daniel Cabuling at KPI

Dan Cabuling

Director of Strength/Conditioning & Operations

Daniel Cabuling graduated from Carroll University in 2016 with a Master's of Science in Exercise Physiology with an emphasis in Strength and Conditioning. He also graduated from Westmont College in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. He currently is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Dan is a part-owner of Kinetic Performance Institute and is in charge of every aspect of operations.

Dan’s passion for exercise science and performance began during his time at Westmont College as a baseball player. He spent many stints on the disabled list due to several different injuries. Those experiences, along with guidance from other mentors, pushed him to learn as much as possible about developing athletes. He’s passionate about working with all athletes, but he spends more time developing baseball and softball players.

His love for training baseball players is due to his own personal experience in the sport. He believes that most baseball players fail to live up to their athletic potential for two reasons. The first is due to the nature of baseball being a game of failure. The second is because many players believe good baseball players are born with their athletic talent. It’s common for many young players to develop a “why try” mentality.

His goal is to change that in athletes. During the last five years, he has witnessed hundreds of athletes surpass their perceived potential. This includes athletes throwing over 100 mph, running sub 6.5 60-yard dashes, and putting on 20+ lbs. of muscle.

Dan by no means has the secret formula or quick fix, but he does know that if you genuinely believe an athlete can improve, give them the tools, and encourage them to work hard, crazy results can happen. He utilizes an in-depth assessment protocol to help identify areas for potential improvement, helps build self-belief in every client he works with, and ultimately believes that process will enhance their performance on the field.

Khailyn Neumayer, Facility Manager at KPI

Khailyn Neumayer

Facility Manager & Strength/Conditioning Coach

Khailyn Neumayer graduated with an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts from West Valley College in 2016. She furthered her education on a softball scholarship at the University of Minnesota-Crookston, and in 2018 she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology.

Khailyn’s interest in exercise science sparked when she spent several months rehabbing from a shoulder injury during her senior year of college. She remembers many moments in physical therapy and in the athletic training room rehabbing to get back on the field to compete. However, she ended up needing to surgically repair her shoulder due to playing through it for the entire season. Previously, she had undergone surgery to repair her hip, and both of these experiences influenced her decision to find a way to work with athletes to keep them healthy.

While at UM-Crookston, she also had the opportunity to serve as an intern for the Athletic Training staff. She was responsible for pregame preparation, had on-field responsibilities, and supported the Athletic Training staff daily. All of these experiences have culminated in a desire to share her experiences and knowledge with younger athletes to be successful in achieving their goals.

As an alumnus of Live Oak High School, she looks forward to helping youth softball players in the South Bay area stay healthy, competes at their highest level, and pursue their athletic dreams.

Justin Sanders, Director of Pitching at KPI

Justin Sanders

Director of Pitching

Justin Sanders joined the Kinetic Performance Institute crew in November of 2020 and immediately had a huge impact on the pitching side of the program. The Morgan Hill native and former Live Oak High School star is a bright, young mind in the pitching world and has already transformed the Kinetic Performance Institute pitching program with his analytical approach and knowledge of systems and procedures. His passion for the athletes at Kinetic Performance Institute will continue to allow the organization to push the limits of what we see possible in player development.

While attending Live Oak High School, Sanders was a four-year starter in the historic Live Oak Baseball program. A two-way threat all his years at Live Oak, Sanders emerged as one of the top pitchers in the area and received an athletic scholarship at NAIA power Westmont College in Santa Barbara. While at Westmont, Sanders became one of the winningest pitchers in school history and was even highlighted on ESPN's SportsCenter for his career accomplishments.

Chase Spivey, Director of Hitting at KPI

Chase Spivey

Director of Hitting
Curtis Gomez, Youth/Field Coordinator at KPI

Curtis Gomez

Youth/Field Coordinator

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