Success Stories

Daniel Compton

Daniel Compton originally went to Cabrillo College to play sports and then decided that he wanted to become a college football head coach. That decision led him to the Kinesiology program. After graduating from Cal State Monterey Bay with a B.S. in Kinesiology, he now is a National Strength and Conditioning Association certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Athletic Performance Specialist for EXOS at the Tesla Factory in Fremont. Daniel also coaches Brazilian jiu jitsu, Muay Thai, and is team captain for SMASH Fighter in San Jose. He is currently a professional athlete fighting in the second largest MMA promotion for Bellator MMA. Daniel also owns an amateur fight promotion and hosts the Bay Area Combat podcast.

"I love what I am doing now. Competing as an MMA athlete combined with my work as a strength coach feels as if it goes hand in hand with my original football coaching aspirations," says Daniel.

Daniel credits the faculty for giving him a good foundation for transferring to a four-year university successfully and his later success.

"I loved the program – it taught me what hard work is and what is required to compete at a high level. I aspire to motivate my clients the way I was motivated by Cabrillo College's coaches and teachers."
Jessica Gaubatz

As Associate Director of Sports Medicine at CSU Fresno, Jessica Gaubatz works with the women's volleyball and aquatics programs. Her special interest is in injury risk management, which includes identifying an athlete's risk for injury, then creating and implementing a plan to reduce chance of injury. She also applies her skills to performance enhancement and concussion management.

Her athletic training journey started at Cabrillo College where she enrolled in the Kinesiology intern program. Having been injured in high school and having worked with an athletic trainer, she was fascinated by the physiology of injury and healing and knew she wanted to become an athletic trainer.

Jessica has fond memories of the program, stating

"I really appreciate the time faculty took to teach skills and get into their decision-making processes. After I transferred to Fresno State, I saw how the hard work and hours accrued gave me a great foundation. I could excel in my professional program because of the comfort level and initiative that was encouraged by the faculty. I highly recommend the program."