We are grateful to have Dustin on board as an instructor and coach. He motivates players in a positive, thoughtful manner which allows for them to build self esteem and confidence. His background in sports psychology is a welcome addition to WBA’s coaches, instructor’s and players. The game of baseball is so mentally grinding at times that it’s important that we continue to focus on what we can control, and Dustin’s passion for the mental game helps build that culture.
— Matt Walbeck

Specializes in Baseball- Batting, Fielding, Catching and Pitching

 

Before joining the Walbeck Baseball Academy staff, Dustin earned his B.A. in Psychology from Texas A&M San Antonio in 3 years, and is currently working on his M.A. in sport psychology from John F. Kennedy University in Walnut Creek, CA. His Master’s degree should be completed by fall of 2017.

Playing Carreer:

Joey grew up in Tracy, California where he played in the Tracy Babe Ruth youth baseball league and several years of travel ball before attending Merrill F. West High School. His freshman year at West High School he played a half season at the Junior Varsity level and then was eventually promoted to varsity where he remained until he graduated in 2011.

During his senior year in 2011, Wagner played 3rd base and was a key part of the team’s road to the playoffs and earning the first playoff win in the school young history. However, in the team’s next playoff game Joey suffered and unfortunate knee injury which sidelined him for several months following the injury. Joey graduated from the Academy for Business and Law program at West High and graduated with honors. Wagner was named 2nd team All- San Joaquin Athletic Association.

Wagner took a medical red shirt after his surgery and a year off of baseball to get back to strength while attending Modesto Junior College. During that time Joey worked as a Student Athletic Trainer and helped as a hitting coach for a 14u travel ball team based in Tracy, Saenz All-Star Academy.  After a year of rehabilitation and conditioning, Joey transferred to College of the Siskiyous to play 3rd base for current head coach Billy Hefflinger and the Eagles.

Joey hit .345 in his first fall season at COS and earned an opening day start at Designated hitter. As the season continued Wagner forced his way into the everyday lineup with solid defense and timely hitting and by the end of the season he was a regular starter and an arm out of the bullpen. When the 2014 regular season concluded Wagner had recorded a start at; 3B, 2B, 1B, LF, RF, DH and had 3 appearances on the mound. Wagner was named to the 2014 Golden Valley Conference All- Academic Team as the team’s utility player.