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
Dave Lappin- Varsity Assistant Coach
Coach Lappin comes to Servite from Loara High School where he was the Head Coach for 24 years. An alumnus of the Saxons’ program, he also helped lead the team to a CIF Division 3A Championship title as a player in 1983. He went on to play collegiately at Cal Berkeley under Hall of Fame Coach Bob Milano.
DJ Simonette- Varsity Assistant Coach
Coach Simonette brings a wealth of coaching experience to the Friars’ program after serving on the College of the Desert’s coaching staff for 10 years, working as pitching coach, assistanct coach and eventually head coach. In addition he has coached at Cypress College, Eastern New Mexico University and Cal State San Bernardino.
Joey Aragon- Head JV Coach
Coach Aragon was a 3-sport athlete at Rosemead High School before going on to play collegiately at Chapman College where he played 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, Coach Aragon was drafted by the Minnesota Twins where he played professionally for 5 years and was the teammate of Coach Gilbert.