Shawn Gilbert- Head Coach
Shawn Gilbert comes to Servite from Long Beach State University where from 2010 to 2014 he served as an assistant coach and was the hitting, outfield coach, and 3B coach. In ’14 he was part of a staff that help guide the Dirtbags to a regional in Gainesville, Fla. Gilbert said, “I really enjoyed my time at Long Beach and got to work with a lot of great people and players but I feel like the high school level is where I could have the greatest impact on young players lives, not only on the field but off the field as well. My faith in Christ and Servite’s mission of building faith filled leaders is what initially attracted me to the school and I feel like this is a fantastic place to have an impact on young men’s lives as a coach, teacher and mentor.
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.
“I look forward to continuing the quality baseball program here at Servite and hope to take it to new heights. The Trinity League is extremely competitive and I welcome the challenge of competing in one of the best baseball leagues year in and year out on the west coast. Servite will pride itself in the fundamentals and preparation, playing and conducting themselves with a competitive spirit and good sportsmanship the way the game should be played. It is truly a blessing to be at Servite High School and I am honored to be the Baseball coach here at Servite.”
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.
Colton Vaugh- Varsity Infielders and 1st Base Coach
Colton Vaughn grew up in Peoria, Arizona where he attended Cactus High School and played varsity baseball for 4 years. He went on to play baseball at South Mountain Community College before transferring as a junior to Long Beach State. He is a former Long Beach State Dirtbag, where he was the second baseman for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Colton completed his collegiate career on a high note, as he was a key contributor on the 2014 team that competed in the Gainesville, Florida Regional. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Human Development and is currently working towards a Master's Degree in Public Policy that he will complete in May 2015. He is excited to be a part of Servite High School, working with young men on the baseball field and helping them develop as faith-filled leaders.
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 coaching with his former Twins roommate Shawn Gilbert at Servite High School.
Jordan Mejia- JV Pitching Coach
Coach Jordan Mejia was born in 1991 and raised in Riverside, California where he graduated from Arlington High School. He was a student-athlete at Long Beach State and Riverside City College. After three years of collegiate baseball, Coach Mejia was selected in the 22nd round of the MLB draft by the Colorado Rockies. Following a short pitching career in organizational baseball, coach Mejia played overseas in the semiprofessional Australian Baseball League for a year. He ended his baseball run with the Chicago Thunderbolts in the Independent Frontier League. Coach Mejia is now a full time student at Long Beach State studying to get his degree in Consumer Affairs. Mejia has developed a new passion for baseball: to be a resourceful coach. He enjoys being a life influence for the kids wanting to better themselves on and off the field. Coach Mejia is blessed to have the opportunity to share his pitching knowledge and positive energy for the game here at Servite High school.
Greg Harisis ‘10- Head Frosh/Soph Coach
Greg Harisis is in his first 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.
AJ LaMonda ‘03- Head Freshman Coach
Coach LaMonda graduated from Servite in 2003 and played baseball and football for the Friars. He then attended Loyola Marymount University and played baseball. After graduating in 2007, LaMonda served as the Head JV Coach and Varsity Assistant at Webb High School in Claremont for one year. LaMonda has a long-standing relationship with Servite- his uncle, Jim Snitzler, was a member of the Class of 1972 and his brother Zack LaMonda was in the class of 1997. AJ’s cousin, Michael Snitzler also graduated a Friar in 2008. Coach LaMonda’s goals are to win every pitch, every at bat, every play and every game. He wants to create a fun and team-based atmosphere that allows Servite baseball to excel on and off the field. He wants to teach the baseball team how to play technically and to have fun while doing it, with every pitch and every play. Servite is proud for this Friars to return to the field as a coach.
Troy Cassidy- Freshman Pitching Coach
Coach Cassidy is a 2007 graduate of Chatsworth High School, where he played four years of football and baseball. As a senior, Cassidy was a pitcher and member of the 2007 LA City Section Championship baseball team which also finished 2nd in the state. He graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 2013 where he earned his BS in Kinesiology. He is currently the Hudl Coordinator for all Servite’s sports teams and serves as the JV Head Football Coach and Offensive Coordinator. This season he also took on the job of statistician for the Friar Basketball team which keeps him busy in what used to be his off-season. Coach Cassidy’s goal is to help the Friar ballplayers improve their skills and knowledge of the game. His older brother,Thomas is the head Varsity baseball coach at Calabasas High School where his younger brother Travis and his father Tom are both on the varsity staff.