Shawn Gilbert- Head Coach
Shawn Gilbert is now in his third season with the Friars after coming to Servite from Long Beach State University where he served as an assistant coach and was the hitting, outfield coach, and 3B coach from 2010 to 2014.
Before his time at Long Beach State Coach Gilbert spent 5 years at Fresno Pacific University as an assistant coach and helped start a brand new program at FPU. In 5 years Fresno Pacific the Sunbirds appeared in 3 regionals and made 1 trip to the NAIA College World Series. While at FPU Gilbert served as the teams hitting, infield, and 3B coach.
Coach Gilbert received his bachelors degree from Fresno State University where he played 2 seasons under legendary coach Bob Bennett. Before attending Fresno State, Shawn started his college at Arizona State University, then transferred to Golden West College. “I have had some unbelievable coaches in my career having played for 4-5 big league managers but non have had as big an impact on my career as my college coaches Doug Mansolino, Fred Hoover, Jeff Pentland, and Bob Bennett. Even today after all my time in the game I still think of those guys as mentors and not a day go’s by where I don’t think of something they did or said that helped me.” After Fresno State he went on to play professional baseball and upon his retirement from baseball as a player he went back and finished his bachelor’s degree and then went on to earn his Master’s degree from Fresno Pacific University.
Shawn Gilbert came into coaching with an extensive baseball background having played 17 season’s professionally. Gilbert played for 7 different major league organizations with a 1 year stint in the Japanese Major Leagues. He played parts of 3 seasons in the Major Leagues with the New York Mets, St.Louis Cardinals, and Los Angeles Dodgers. While in Japan playing for the Kintetsu Buffalos Shawn had a unique opportunity to not only play in another country but also play in the Japanese World Series. “Even though we lost the championship in 5 games that experience was awesome! To see the way a whole city gets behind a team and to see how baseball crazy they are in Japan was incredible, I will never forget it!”
Shawn had the opportunity to represent the USA in international play once as an 18 yr old in the World Friendship Series, again in ’99 in the Pan Am Games where the US won Silver medal and qualified for the 2000 Olympics, and was an alternate on the Gold Medal winning 2000 Olympic team that competed in Sydney, Australia.
Duane Page- Varsity Pitching Coach
Coach Page was a right-handed pitcher who graduated from Ocean View High School in 1990. That year he earned the team MVP, Sunset League MVP and made All-CIF and All- Orange County. He continued playing at Orange Coast College where he made All-Orange Empire Conference in 1991-1992. He played in the minor leagues splitting time between the Seattle Mariners and the Kansas City Royals organizations. He has continued his success as an instructor. He was the pitching coach on the 1998 CIF-SS 3A Championship team at his alma mater and has coached at the high school, college and NCAA Division 1 levels. Coach Page also served as a scout for the Kansas City Royals. Page has spent his last 20 summers as a campsite director for the Mark Cresse School of Baseball. He is a full-time substitute teacher at Servite. Page graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a B.A. degree in Organizational Leadership, obtained a California State Teaching Credential in Special Education and finished his Master’s degree in Education at Azusa Pacific as well.
Joey Aragon- Head JV Coach
Joey Aragon grew up in Southern California in the San Gabriel Valley playing baseball with aspirations of being in the major leagues. He attended Rosemead High School where he was a 3-sport athlete and captain of his baseball and football teams. Joey received numerous awards as a high school athlete and moved on to college baseball. After being on a championship team at Citrus College under the direction of legendary Hall of Fame coach Skip Claprood, and receiving additional awards and accolades, Joey was drafted in the 4th round by the LA Dodgers and offered a baseball scholarship at Chapman College. Joey accepted the scholarship where he was fortunate enough to play on a championship team that broke school records under the direction of Hall of Fame coach Paul Deese and coach Mike Weathers of Long Beach State. In 1984, Joey was drafted by the Minnesota Twins where he played pro ball for 5 years and continued to develop baseball and life skills. After his baseball career, in 1989, Joey started his own successful Litigation Support Document Management Business in Los Angeles and Century City. In 1995, he took a sabbatical to join the Twins again as a replacement player. Joey certainly was not done with athletics. Following in the footsteps of his famous uncle the “Golden Boy” Art Aragon, in 2001, Joey had a drastic career change when he became a professional boxer at 42 years old. This led to his re-emergence as a successful athlete and reignited his desire to work in baseball. Since that time, Joey has played on Senior men’s world series championship teams, coached championship teams for the RBI program (with John Young) and for Bishop Amat (with Andy Nieto). Joey is a recent MLB Scout school graduate, and is currently in his second season coaching with his former Twins roommate Shawn Gilbert at Servite High School.
Greg Harisis ’10- JV and Freshman Assistant Coach
Greg Harisis is in his second year coaching baseball at Servite. He played for the Friars from 2007-2010 and was a 2-time All Trinity League selection. He went on to play collegiately for Santa Clara University from 2011 to 2014 and was a 3-year starter and two-time All-WCC First-Teamer Harisis graduated with a BS in Public Health Science in 2014 and currently plays professionally for the Traverse City (Mi.) Beach Bums in the Frontier League.
DJ Simonette- Head Freshman Coach
DJ Simonette joins the Servite coaching staff in the 2016 Season as the Head Freshman Baseball Coach. Coach DJ brings his wealth of experience to the program which will help build the foundation of Servite baseball at the freshman level. In 2001, Simonette joined the College of the Desert staff serving as the hitting coach. In his 10 year stint at COD, DJ served as pitching coach, assistant coach and eventually the head coach. It was in the 2007 academic year DJ was named as the program’s head coach and closed out the season by winning 16 of the final 24 games. Coach DJ’s time at College of the Desert posted 188 wins with an 82-65 record while Head Coach. COD finished 25-13 and reached the playoffs with the highest ranking in school history. After COD, Simonette served as an assistant coach at Cypress College, Eastern New Mexico University and eventually Cal State San Bernardino. Coach DJ now owns and operates his own development program for baseball players ages 9 and up.