INSTRUCTORS

Casey Snow

Casey Snow played for the Dirtbags of Long Beach State from 1994 to 1996.  In 1996, Casey was a 15th round draft pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers.  During his professional career, he played five seasons with the Dodgers and Cleveland Indians organizations advancing as high as triple-A.  Casey has a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology.  In addition to co-owning and operating XCEL Baseball, Casey is a Long Beach local and a Battalion Chief for a municipal Fire Department.

Neil Sauerheber

Neil Sauerheber is a Long Beach local, former Lakewood Lancer, Long Beach City College Viking (1992 to 1994), Cal State Dominguez Hills Toro (1994 to 1995), and Long Beach State Dirtbag (1995 to 1996).  Since 2004, Neil has been coaching varsity softball at Lakewood High School.  In addition to being a baseball and softball hitting instructor at XCEL Baseball, Neil is a physical education and math teacher at Newcomb Academy.

JJ Newkirk

JJ Newkirk was a 19th round draft pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1994 but opted to go to Long Beach State.  He played for the Dirtbags from 1995 to 1997.  In 1997 he was the Big West scholar athlete of the year and then went on to get drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 49th round.  JJ spent 3 seasons in the White Sox organization.  In addition to co-owning and operating XCEL Baseball, JJ is a physical education teacher and department chair at Will Rogers Middle School.

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Justin Davis

Justin Davis was born and raised in Lakewood and graduated in 2013 from Mayfair High, where he played 3 years of varsity baseball. He helped lead his team to 3 Suburban League titles and made the Press Telegram Dream Team. Justin then played at Long Beach City College where he won 2 South Coast Conference titles and earned himself a scholarship to Cal State University, Los Angeles. He played 2 years of baseball at Cal State LA and graduated in 2017, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. 

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Rodney Davis

Rodney Davis has over 3 decades of experience coaching at the professional, collegiate, high school,  amateur and youth levels.  He has 20 years scouting and coaching in major league baseball.   He also coached a season of softball at UCLA helping them to a national semi-final appearance at the WCWS.   He played professionally in the LA Dodgers organization and collegiately at Fresno State.  He is a graduate of Paramount High School.  

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Phillip Visico

Phillip is from Long Beach, CA. He attended Wilson high school and graduated 2010. He continued his education and baseball career at Long Beach City College. After, he transferred to saint Mary’s college where he majored in communications and economics. Phillip’s coaching career started at Mayfair high school 2016. Shortly after he got into coaching college baseball, Phillip took an assistant head coaching job for the Long Beach legends who played out of the California collegiate league. After that 2017 summer, he became an assistant coach for Long Beach city college. He is entering his 4th season for the Vikings.

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Paige Cates

Paige Cates is a former University of Illinois Springfield pitcher. In her career, she was the winning pitcher at the Illinois ASA Class A State Championship three years consecutively, later earning her a full ride scholarship to play softball at the University of Illinois Springfield. After winning the regional championship, she was voted first team all-conference as well as first team all area at the end of both her junior and senior year. At the end of her career, she was voted to participate in the ASA Metro St Louis Missouri vs Illinois All Star Game. 

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Jake Angus

Jake Angus is an accomplished athlete with over 10 years experience as a pitching coach. He played baseball for Pacifica High School, Long Beach City College, and United Shores Professional Baseball League. In his freshman year of college Mr.

Angus was named Second team All-SCC while throwing 52 inn with 44k’s and posting a 2.60 ERA. After a couple years hiatus from club ball, Mr. Angus continued to pursue baseball in the USPBL where he played a full season as a starting pitcher

against professional hitters. There he pitched 71.2 Inn where he struck out 56 and posted a 3.39 ERA. 

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Nolan Smith

Nolan Smith is looking forward to utilizing his years of high school and travel ball coaching experience to XCEL Players.  He was a part of the Mayfair High School Coaching Staff for 5 seasons and organized his own travel baseball program for four years.  He has recently advanced in his coaching career, as he is a member of the Long Beach City Baseball Coaching Staff.  Nolan is currently working towards a degree in Kinesiology, and enjoys developing player’s ability and knowledge in regards to strength and conditioning, injury prevention, speed, and agility.