By: Matthew Beaird '15
Sophomore catcher Garret Guillemette announced his commitment to play baseball at the University of Oregon Tuesday on Twitter.
Declaring early on in his high school career, Guillemette saw no reason to wait when it came to committing to his dream school.
"I have always wanted to be a Duck," Guillemette said. "It started in 6th grade, I loved the way they play the game and I really fell in love with the campus. The coaching staff there is great and the way they take care of their athletes is second to none."
Guillemette also had offers from St. Mary's, UC Berkeley, Long Beach State, and Fresno State. He becomes the third Friar on the baseball team to commit to the University of Oregon, joining teammates Tanner Smith '18 and Christian Ciuffetelli '18. The opportunity to continue his baseball journey with teammates after college makes the decision even more exciting for Guillemette.
"Tanner Smith and Christian Ciuffetelli are two of my closest friends on the team, so I asked them what they thought of the program and they had nothing but positive things to say about it," Guillemette said. "I am pumped to play with them after high school."
Guillemette became the starting varsity catcher last season as a freshman and handled his position with plenty of poise. He was named OC Register Baseball Athlete of the Week after helping the Friars defeat Cypress in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs. His key hit in the ninth inning helped set up the 4-3 victory after going 3 for 4 with one RBI.
This summer, Guillemette was invited to tryout for the Area Code Baseball Underclass Games and impressed many professional scouts and colleges.
Head Baseball Coach Shawn Gilbert shared his excitement for Garrett's future, saying "Garret is a talented young man that has a bright future in high school and the next level if he continues to work at it over the next couple years. We look forward to big things in the future from Garret and I am excited about the player he can become in the next three years at Servite."
Off the field, Guillemette hopes to study sports management or business at U of O. He has many thanks to offer his Servite coaches, teammates, baseball alumni, and family who guided him through the recruiting process.
"A huge thank you to Coach Gilbert, Coach Page, Coach DJ, Coach Lappin, Darrell Miller Jr., Joe Prior, and the rest of the team for pushing me to be the best I can be," Guillemette said. "And thank you to my family for supporting me through this decision, I love you guys. Go Ducks!"