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:

Dustin grew up mostly in the small town of Cullman, Alabama. He attended his first professional baseball game at the age of 2 (Atlanta Braves), and fell in love with the game immediately. He began playing recreationally at the age of five, and made the county All-Star team as a pitcher and center fielder every year from age 8 until beginning high school play at age 15. He made the freshman team as a pitcher, and threw a no-hitter in his first outing. After starting two games, he was promoted to starting pitcher for the Cullman High School Junior Varsity team where he helped his team the following year win a state championship as a sophomore. The following two years he played at Good Hope High School as a starting pitcher and center fielder for the varsity team. He made All-County teams his junior and senior years. He was the starting ace for the Cullman County seniors team.

 

By catching the eye of local colleges, he was scouted by Auburn University as a pitcher, and took a transfer contract for Wallace State College in Hanceville, Alabama with the hopes of transferring to Auburn after one year. Because of his family’s tradition and the tragedy of 9/11, he decided to join the Air Force instead of pursuing an advanced baseball career. After his military enlistment was over, he began earning his college degrees.