Head Coach Shawn Gilbert
Servite High School is proud to announce the appointment of Shawn Gilbert, as Servite’s head varsity baseball coach. Most recently, Coach Gilbert served as an assistant coach at California State University, Long Beach, working as the program’s hitting coach for the last four years.
Prior to beginning his coaching career, he played three seasons in the Major Leagues making his debut with New York Mets in 1997 before spending time with the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers. The Minnesota Twins drafted Gilbert as a shortstop in 1987 after playing college baseball at Fresno State, where he was inducted into the Bulldogs Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002.
He returned to Fresno after his professional career to coach at Fresno Pacific where he helped the Sunbirds set school records in home runs, doubles and stolen bases. His coaching expertise extends beyond the batters box as he also worked as the infielders coach at Fresno Pacific and the outfielders coach at The Beach. He also assisted both schools in recruiting by developing 16 all-conference selections.
“Gilbert’s coaching philosophy mirrors what we believe here at Servite; he focuses on the formation of the entire individual including on-field development,” said Servite Principal Mike Brennan. “Being a man of integrity and character himself, we believe he is a very good fit for the Servite Baseball program and a great addition to the Friar family.”
Coach Gilbert will be responsible for directing Servite’s four-team baseball program and developing young men on and off the field.
“This opportunity is a union of my core strengths of faith and personal growth and my love of baseball and teaching. I am very excited to join the Servite family and be part of the formation of exceptional young men,” said Coach Gilbert. He continued, “There would be no greater success than winning championships and developing well-rounded, faith-filled leaders.”