PARENT, COACH & ATHLETE Testimonials
NCSU PITCHER, Will Gilbert
"I have been working out at the KZone Academy for 5 years now. It has been highly effective in elevating my skills from a regular high school pitcher to an ACC pitcher. Through intense, explosive, dynamic full-body work outs and proper motivation I have been able to increase my max velocity by 24 mph in the 5 years. Dan’s high energy, positive personality combined with his extensive knowledge of the biomechanics involved in baseball make the K-Zone an easy place to get better. Everyone at K-Zone is always competing with each other to see who can set new records for themselves in the various work outs. Between the positive atmosphere and the innovative work outs the K-Zone is a perfect fit for me to pursue my dreams of playing in the MLB."
Atlanta Braves, Southern Illinois Miners, Somerset Patriots, Miami Marlins
I would like to thank Dan for allowing me to Train at the K-Zone Academy for most of my professional career. In my opinion Dan and the K-Zone Academy are the premier training facility in the Raleigh area. The K-Zone combines new age technology with an old school, work hard to get results philosophy. Many instructors rely on what they can see to help players improve. At the K-Zone everything is recorded so players have concrete data to show how they are improving when it comes to throwing velocity and ball exit speed.
Another reason why I believe the K-Zone Academy is the best place to improve your baseball skills is because of how thorough Dan is when it comes to Athletic Training. I can personally attest that he caters workouts based on players individual needs. He identifies where mobility deficiencies are while helping players to address and improve those areas which translate to increased athletic ability and a higher ceiling for development.
If you are serious about playing baseball at a high level I recommend checking out the K-Zone Academy. The amount of skilled players that work out there help to push you to new heights with a positive and competitive vibe.
Atlanta Braves, Southern Illinois Miners, Somerset Patriots, Miami Marlins
Andrew Wantz, UNCG player
"The K-Zone has really helped me to develop into a Division I college baseball player. Dan Kopitzke is extremely knowledgable in the physical as well as the mental aspects of the game of baseball.
He has prepared me by constantly challenging me to always strive to improve and push myself to be the best I can be.
His conditioning programs not only strengthen the whole body, but they also help with the prevention of injuries.
His energy and desire to help athletes is second to none. I can't thank Dan enough for what he has done for me. "
"Cameron has improved TREMENDOUSLY in the time he has come back to K-zone. Thank you for everything you have done for him already."
Mike Woods, parent
"Jonathan has thoroughly enjoyed the program and looked forward to it each week. On a personal note I want you to know I think you have an outstanding program that is unmatched from what we have both seen and experienced. I am not afraid to let folks know about it and encourage them to visit K-zone."
David Cowen, Parent
"Case had a great start to the Middle School season! He pitched for three innings and at 65 pitches was pulled due to pitch count. He did GREAT!!! The catcher even went up to him and asked him to "take a little off of it" cause he was killing his hand! :) Thanks for continuing to work with him!"
Cathy & Jimmy Stroup, parents
"I’ve been working out at K-zone for 2.5 years going on 3 years. When I got cut from the Green Hope summer team as a rising 9th grader, I decided to do something about it and went to Kzone. Coach Dan worked me harder and harder since the first day I got there. My hitting performance has gone up drastically from 70 mph to 91.5 mph ever since I went there. The athletic training has physically developed me to be a stronger and better baseball player. The K-zone is my home away from home. I was one of the youngest to be on K-zone’s first team and playing with people older and more experienced than me has really improved my skills as a baseball player. All this hard work as paid off. As a sophomore at Green Hope High, I made the varsity team. "
Cam Lengyel, athlete
"Thank you for spending some time talking with me on Sunday. I know that all your clients demand your time, but it was helpful for me to hear more about the science behind the methods you use (and your overall training philosophy). I agree that Evans has made some substantial improvements in only one month, and I am certain that he will continue to improve (there have also been improvements in some "soft" areas: his drive to achieve new levels of performance, his drive to compete, general mental toughness, etc.). All of these I attribute to the environment you create at K-Zone Academy and the interactions Evans has had with you and your staff."
Anna B. , Parent
"Both my boys as well as most of our travel team trains at K-zone. After working out there for the summer and early fall, my younger son went from strong hitter to a power hitter, hitting seven home runs in three tournaments. His throwing velocity is much higher as well. And even one of our smallest players started hitting home runs this season. K-zone has done a lot to help our team, so we are helping by getting the word out. I wish I knew about K-zone when my older son was 12! But he has still seen remarkable strength improvement over the last year, and hitting over 300' with a wood bat.
I highly recommend!"
Rob, Coach, Parent
"Dan, Your hitting stance instruction has made a 100% difference for Cody, he almost hit two over in first tournament and one was a line drive that literally stuck in the fence. And i told Grant about it and caught his back toe towards the catcher a lot. He was having trouble catching up to the pitch, and your instruction fixed almost immediately. I have wondered if a pitcher should do the same as a batter, but was not sure if the knee could turn inward. One reason i wanted Cody and a team in your program was for the advanced throwing mechanics. You da boss, let me know if/how I can help at home."
"Just wanted to send a quick note to say that Joe is loving K-Zone. He crawled in the car Monday night dripping sweat, smiling from ear to ear, and saying, "that was really hard and really fun." The thing that has shocked me the most is what a great work ethic he is developing.
Thanks for putting this program together. You're doing a great job."
"I just wanted to thank you for all that you have taught me. I will work on these drills at home to keep improving. Knowing now that I can throw in the 60's after just a couple of months doing workouts at K-Zone gives me motivation to keep working on it because I know I can continue to improve. The days that I knew I was going to K-Zone were the days I always looked forward to! I just wanted to thank you for this great learning experience!"
"I wanted to take a minute to drop you a quick note about something I saw tonight at K-Zone. A kid wearing a maroon Green Hope t-shirt was a partner in v-flex with a kid who was clearly pretty new to KZone. The new kid was struggling, but the experienced player did a GREAT job giving him tips & encouraging him the whole time. It's nice to see the players get better at baseball, but even more important to see them become better young men. That attitude is something that I know that you would like to hear about & praise at K-Zone. "
"Dan, thought you would like to know what your student has to say, when asked about K-Zone.
Baseball Coach: Case, you train at KZone, right?
Case: Yes Sir.
Baseball Coach: You like it?
Case: Yes Sir, I love it, it's my home away from home."
"I am sure that I don't say it enough but we really enjoy having Logan work with you and more than anything appreciate the kindness, support, and commitment that you have working with him."
Beth, Parent of 13 yr old pitcher
Hi Coach Dan,
"The hitting lessons I took from you over the winter have really paid off. Last year I hit mostly singles and doubles. This season the first inning of the first game I hit a home run off the first pitch! In the second game I got a triple. And on Friday I hit a grand slam!!!! I was so happy. Being able to keep up my skills using the hitting club has really helped too.Thank you for helping me be a better baseball player!"
Jason, 10 yr old ballplayer
"Reid is so much stronger and sure of himself, we couldn't thank you enough for his improvement and the work ethic that you seem to instill in these young men - pure magic! Keep up the good work and as always, thank you for your time and dedication." -parent
"I want to let you know how happy I am with Kevin’s progress after the summer sessions. He has improved his flexibility big time and gotten very physically strong, but the part that I'm most impressed with in the program is how he has grown mentally. I’ll put it this way, before the program he was just a little boy that wanted to get better at baseball.After the program he is a more mature teenager and he is more committed about the game of baseball. Thanks"-parent
"John had a great day yesterday and loved the class. Thanks very much for the thought and care you clearly put into the class. John has grown a great deal under your coaching." -parent
"Wednesday night has become Jesse's favorite night of the week. He's gone from fairly average to one of the best players on his team in the last 8 weeks. Thank you so much." -Parent
"The difference you make to the students at K-Zone is a function of both your extensive expertise in developing baseball performance and in your authentic passion for helping these young men go beyond the limits of what they think they can do. Thank you for all the work you had to do to develop it in yourself and then for sharing it! All the best." -parent
"Dan: Just a quick update.......spent some time at the cage hitting off a tee using the drills and also hitting at 55mph to work on technique from a machine. By the second session Sunday, was hitting 80% to right side, which is where I was aiming. NOt perfect contact, but decidely better. Had a nice revalation ....better balance, better power, able to adjust up and down better. Things are making sense and I have a more comfortable feeling at the plate."-Adult KZ Athlete
"If you want to go to the next level and perform well, I suggest you take a look at what Dr. Dan has got to offer (I refer to Dan Kopitzke as Dr. Dan because he knows his baseball and it is my nickname for him).I can totally vouch for Dr. Dan, he is an excellent instructor and great with kids. I personally played beyond college for a short time. When I accidently ran into the K-Zone with my older son and saw what it has to offer - well all I have to say is I sure wish Dr. Dan was around when I was younger. "-Coach/Parent
Andrew really enjoyed attending Tuesday's session, and I was impressed with your emphasis on overall athleticism and developing sport specific movements. The right approach, in my humble opinion, for sustainable skill development."-parent
Thanks for the info and the good coaching. Matt was “stupid good” this past weekend. His stats were off the charts. He will have to tell you on Friday. I could tell you but it would be too much like bragging. Thanks," -Parent
"Great job Dan, the video is excellent and on point."- Coach
"Dr. Dan and K-Zone. As ya'll know I love the game of baseball and when I see somebody teaching it well and the way it should be from a physical/basics/mental approach, well, I feel I should pass it on. "-coach
Matt pitched extremely well this past weekend (I will let him give you the details). So well, that I would expect him to pitch this coming weekend ...Matt’s pitching has gotten noticed by at least 2-3 guys from his team and they have or should be contacting you soon."
Thank you for the great work with Matt." -parent
"You ran a terrific camp”. The Pitcher's Boot camp introduced the concepts and training techniques that have proven effective in developing more complete and healthy pitchers. Over the course of the three day camp, players were taught the essential elements that should lead to greater velocity, improved core body strength, and increased flexibility. The players also learned proper arm care in order to reduce the chance of injury. The camp integrated the why and the how. First, the players learned the reasons for the various training and then they went through the drills. The sessions were well designed and blended the right amount of learning and doing. Coach Dan, I thought you nailed it. Timmy and Brian were invigorated and sore by Sunday afternoon. The boys had a great time and wanted to get up and go every day. The days were long, they said they went fast and had lots of fun." -parent
"Jordan had a total hitting analysis done with Video that measured bat speed and ball velocity as well as hitting zone accuracy. took like 15 swings. each swing captured and analyzed. Dan quickly pointed out several things Jordan could improve upon in his swing as he slow down the video and did it slide by slide. amazing stuff.. I was very impressed with it. He has the ability to draw vectors and lines to show how the legs , arms., and entire body should be lined up and how your body is actually ending up against the standard.
Jordan watched and having video proof of his swing was priceless.. he got it right away and started working on fixing them at the cage.
Dan is very good with young kids.. very good with kids of all ages."-parent
"The individualized coaching,personal development and group dynamics are some of the intangibles at the K-zone." -parent
"Hi Dan and Natalie,
Dave told me he emailed you the other day. He's so proud of himself! He's consistently hitting to the outfield (never did that before), or hitting the ball REAL hard. He hit one back to the pitcher a couple of weeks ago and it hurt the kid's hand! His confidence at the plate is enormous. He got called out on strikes the other day and wasn't even upset, because he knew the ump was wrong and the ball was way outside. So, thanks so much for all your coaching, it has made a huge difference in David's whole approach. He no longer worries about striking out, and doesn't very often."-parent
What ever you think Carter needs is good with me. I have seen great improvement in Carter's arm strength."-parent
I wanted to thank you for all the work and care you contributed to Andrew and Austin this spring. Ending June on personal bests was great! Both are clearly becoming better ball players and developing a greater love baseball out of the time they have spent with you."-parent
I wanted to reach out to you and let you know how impressed I am with the progress that my son, Michael has made. I truly owe that all to you. Not only has he improved, you have made the whole learning experience fun for him as well. As a dad and a coach myself I can appreciate your method of training. It not only works and prepares him for baseball, it also instills real valuable lessons that he can use outside of baseball.
What I appreciate the most is your efficient and direct approach, while it allows to players to exceed, it only does so if they have earned it. This teaches the kids that they need to work hard in order to achieve what they want. You have proven to me over and over that the amount of knowledge you have is far more that I have ever seen (and yes, I have verified some of the information from some of our conversations). There really is not an area of training or baseball that you do not know. This kind of experience is what makes you extremely successful at what you do.
Another aspect of about K-Zone that I like is how everyone there is a team player, and how the older kids are mentors to the new students. This is an enormous factor in getting the kids to the next level. There is not a day that goes by, when someone is not helping each other getting one more rep, taking the extra stride in sprints, or hitting the ball further. This is all due to your unique style of training\coaching. You make it a point to get everyone involved and help each other out.
K-Zone is not just a baseball training facility; we consider it our home away from home. Michael really looks forward to going, and is extremely excited about it each day. This has become his number one activity, and has taken his attention away from gaming (which is a plus for me). Not only is Michael getting the necessary tools to help him reach his achievements, he has also found a place with new friends.
Once again Coach Dan I would like to thank you for all that you have done, it is because of people like yourself that gives baseball players the opportunity to become great! I look forward to a long and meaningful relationship.
"This is truly a wonderful recommendation letter! Thank you so much for the thoughtful comments you put together on Connor’s behalf. We consider our family very lucky to be working with you.
I wanted to thank you once again for all you have done for Jonathan. He put forth the effort but you provided the terrific atmosphere and structure to the program.
CHRIS PERRY, RHP, A
St. Louis Cardinals
"Working out at the K Zone Academy with Dan Kopitzke has been an absolutely beneficial experience to my professional baseball career.
The K Zone provides highly athletic workout programs that are specifically tailored to each individuals personal physical assessments.
My first day at the academy; areas of weakness in my functional strength were evaluated and corrective exercises were provided to help me fix these weaknesses. I was then given a workout program that was specifically designed to improve my physical capabilities on the field.
The K Zone's high intensity, core targeted workouts improved my athleticism immediately. I noticed greater core strength, speed, agility, mobility, and gained overall muscle with a month of hard work at the
K-Zone Academy. The K Zone has also given me a new insight of the true bio mechanics of throwing a baseball. Video technology, deceleration drills, weighted balls, and the concept of staying connected helped me understand and fine-tune my pitching mechanics. The K Zone offers workout programs and mechanical evaluations that many professional baseball teams have yet to discover.
Every hour spent with Dan at the K Zone has directly benefited to gained velocity and mechanical efficiency on the mound."
Hitting & Pitching Expert, Author, Scientist, Speaker, Coach
"Dan – I appreciate your dedication to your teaching and your very obvious dedication to your students. They are indeed very fortunate to have you. I am glad to finally get to see your fantastic facility. It is indeed a Jedi training heaven. Thank you for being a big part of our dream of a network of great facilities that test/train/improve players of all levels."
NCSU Pitching Coach, Scott Foxhall
"I have seen the program at K-Zone first hand and I am thoroughly impressed. Dan is a true teacher and he has developed a dynamic system for improving baseball ability. He is a leading authority on maintaining arm health, improving arm speed and efficiency, and increasing bat speed. If you are serious about training to gain an edge on your competition and to reach your full potential, I highly recommend the process that Dan will introduce to you at the K-Zone"
Scott Foxhall, NCSU
Coach RON WOLFORTH
Pitching Central & The Texas Baseball Ranch
"I travel and speak all over the country. I consult for 19 diferent Academies, 2 different MLB organizations, 7 DI programs and advise literally hundreds of High School, Junior College and DI, DII and DIII Universities. Over the past 5 years I have been invited to 10 different Spring Trainings, had 41 of my athletes drafted and over 80 reach the 90mph plateau. You could say I see it ALL. The good, the bad and the ugly.
Dan Kopitzke and the K-Zone in Apex NC..is in the top 5% of all that I see in the USA in pitching instruction. Bottom line....Dan 'gets it'. He understands the connection between athleticism, mechanical efficiency, mobility/flexibility, functional & skill specific strength, scapular health and strength balance...and nutrition/rest/recovery...and how it relates to enhancing or improving the performance of those in his charge.
The ultimate compliment I can ever give an instructor is 1) to invite him to assist me at the Texas Baseball Ranch in our Elite Pitchers Boot Camps and 2) That if I lived in the area...my 13 year old son would train there if I was away. Both are true of Dan. There are less than 20 people in the world I would allow to actually train my son. One is Brent Strom the special pitching coordinator for the St. Louis Cardinals, one is Flint Wallace the former pitching Coach at TCU and current pitching coach for JC powerhouse Weatherford College...and one is Dan Kopitzke. So Dan may not be in a class by himself...but it sure doesn't take long to call roll.
On top of Dan's skills, the K-Zone and Dan are lucky to have such wonderful support as the beautiful and gracious Natalie. Her warmth and sincere desire to help and support the process was almost as impressive as Dan's teaching skills. Together they make a great team. In today's uncertain society, full of contradictions and irresponsibility, it is very important to surround your young man with good solid people. Possibly nothing could be more important than that. Dan & Natalie are wonderful in that regard. I highly reccomend, Dan, Natalie and the K-Zone."
Ron Wolforth, Texas Baseball Ranch and Pitching Central
Winner of ‘Best of Show’ 2014 ABCA Conference, Dallas.
Awarded By Collegiate Baseball
"From our first meeting it was apparent that Dan has an in-depth understanding of baseball analytics and, more importantly, the skill set to effectively translate that data into performance enhancing instruction to each of his players. Utilizing this unique talent, Dan has been instrumental in the continued development of the HitTrax System as he has not only helped define key metrics but he has also conceived new concepts that undoubtedly add value to the system on multiple levels – heightening instruction while at the same time providing a competitive and fun experience for his players."
I am proud to say that our association with Dan Kopitzke and the K-Zone Academy extends well beyond the typical manufacturer/customer relationship. We are truly proud to call Dan a valued member of our company."
"I first met Dan in Houston at the Texas Baseball Ranch, so I had a good idea he was a “think outside the box” kind of guy. Even with these expectations, Dan surprised me with the amount of innovation he incorporates into the K-Zone Academy workout program. From the creative variations using the exercise bands on his player’s hands and feet to the innovative arm care exercises his players performed, it is without question that his students were thoroughly warmed up and prepared to throw by the time a baseball was picked up.
Dan’s ability to make every activity a challenging competition among students while recording their performance makes his K-Zone Academy a great place to train. Players are able to constantly push themselves and break records thereby becoming better athletes. The competitive, game-like atmosphere, detailed measuring/recording system, and superior throwing and training drills is what allows athletes at the K-Zone Academy to make sizeable gains in their baseball abilities."