Coaching Staff

Varsity Coaching Staff

Brent Lavoie was born in Riverside, CA. He relocated to the Midwest and was a 1999 Glendale High School Grad in Springfield, Missouri. He held down the Hot Corner at 3B and helped lead his Falcons to the State Championship Game in ’98 finishing as Runner-Ups. The Falcons set a school record for wins during the Summer Legion season with an overall record of 52-9. His senior year Glendale won another District Championship and made a run to the State Quarterfinals. Lavoie earned All-Conference & All-District honors his Senior Year. He was also the team’s Golden Glove Recipient.

Lavoie was recruited to play collegiately at Missouri Valley College in Marshal, Missouri. He was the starting SS on their JV squad and was able to use it as a redshirt year. He then headed to North Arkansas Junior College in Harrison, Arkansas. There he was a Team Captain, earned 1st Team All-Conference honors & won Golden Glove Awards as a Freshman & Sophomore playing 2B for the Pioneers. Lavoie returned back to Southern California at thee Biola University. He earned a B.A. degree in Communications. He was a 2 year starter at 2B and helped lead his team to the 2003 NAIA College World Series in Lewiston, Idaho. He crushed a bomb his 1st World Series at bat! In 2004 he was a Team Captain. Lavoie committed only 5 errors in 2 seasons with the highest fielding % on the team. The sure handed Second Baseman loved to flash the leather & was notorious for laying down the surprise push bunt to find his way on base.


Lavoie is entering his 16th Season as a high school head coach and 5TH at Long Beach Poly. Valley Christian, Whittier, La Mirada, and Whittier Christian were previous schools he coached at. He also coached 6 seasons with Summer Collegiate Teams. He served as Head Coach of the Gold Coast Miners (’08), East LA Dodgers (’09-’12), assistant with the So Cal Catch (’14), and the So Cal Shepherds in ’20. He also served as an asst Chaplain.

In 2006 Lavoie led Valley Christian to an Olympic League Championship his first year as a Varsity Head Coach. He then took the reins at Whittier High School & doubled their win total his first year in ’07 and fell 1 game short of a playoff spot in ’08. He was named a Whittier Rotary All Star Head Coach in 2008. Lavoie then teamed up with La Mirada High School as the Head JV coach. His JV Matador’s claimed Back to Back Suburban League Championships in ’09 &’10 posting an overall record of 40-14 & 23-1 in league play. In 2011 he took over as Whittier Christian’s Head Coach. He coached 6 seasons at Whittier Christian with a 100-78 overall record, claimed an Olympic League Championship, had 3 league runner-ups & 5 CIF Playoff Berths including the last 4 in a row. The 2011 Heralds went 23-6 overall & 11-1 in league play capturing the Olympic League Title. A special year it was where he was named the 2011 Whittier Daily News Coach of the Year and again was the Whittier Rotary All Star Game Head Coach. The 2014 squad had a memorable run advancing all the wat to the CIF Quarterfinals. The ’15 &’16 squads each won their Playoff Wildcard game before bowing out in the next round.

Lavoie was hired in the summer of 2016 at thee nationally recognized Long Beach Poly High School. The ’17 squad reached the CIF Playoff’s in Lavoie’s 1st season. In just his 2nd season the program did something quite remarkable. Poly won their 1st CIF Playoff game since 2006! Just 2 days later they won their 2nd Playoff game! This accomplishment hadn’t been done during any of the current player’s lifetime. History was made and the ’18 Legacy is firmly cemented. The 2019 Squad then followed that up with an OUTRIGHT MOORE LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP!! Their 1st since 2012 and only the 2nd in the last 34 years! Lavoie was named the Long Beach Press Telegram Coach of the Year. The team also had the MVP & CY Young of the league. The 2020 squad was poised to make history again and claim the 1st ever Back to Back Moore League Titles. This thing they call Covid-19 had other plans only 10 games into the season. Poly was in 1st place in the league and looking real strong.

Coach Lavoie was named the So Cal FCA Baseball Coach of the Year in 2015. In 2020 he was named the National FCA Baseball Coach of the Year at the annual ABCA Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. He followed a long list of coaches from the college & high school ranks who have made a significant impact in the sport.


Lavoie currently teaches at Long Beach Poly as a Resource Specialist Teacher, Co-Teaching in the English Language Arts Department. He is currently in his 15th year as a high school teacher. He also assists with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Huddle on campus for the athletes.


He married his best friend Kristen-Wesley Lavoie (former USA Junior Olympic Softball player & Biola University Pitcher ’06 Grad) on July 21st 2013 & lives in Newport Beach with their Australian Kelpie doggy named Cali A.K.A “The Coo”. Cali Coo is known for her great anticipation, fast twitch explosiveness, incredible agility, and raw speed that has defined her a species like no other. She loves the baseball field where she can demonstrate her skill-sets. She’s extremely pumped up for the new season at Long Beach Poly & the Jackrabbit family. She also claims to be faster than any Jackrabbit that takes the field and never has been shy in backing it up.

Brent Lavoie

Varsity Head Coach

Greg Suzuki will assist at the varsity level once again in his 5th Year at Poly. He was a star prep baseball player who was coached by the legendary Art Mazmanian at Powerhouse Dorsey High School in Los Angeles. Coach Mazmanian went on to successfully lead Junior College Mt San Antonio and the field is currently named after him. Coach Suzuki hit for average and was a speedster on the bases in his playing days always creating havoc and applying pressure on opposing defenses. Coach Suzuki has been coaching youth sports for many years and currently coaches his nieces 6th grade “Cherry Bombs” Basketball Squad. Hustle, tenacity, and all-out effort are the programs foundations. Somewhere in the bloodline we have a strong consensus that future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki received his speed and baseball instinct from Coach Greg Suzuki….Report’s haven’t been fully confirmed but there’s really no other logical explanation.

Suzuki attended Long Beach St where was a Recreation Major before pursuing an education in Computer Programming. After receiving certifications he spent the next 35 plus years successfully working in multiple Computer Information Technology jobs. A passion turned into a career and the years flew by. Coach Suzuki is a committed, determined, hard-working man who will be in charge of managing the dugout this season.

He will focus on the in game details of charting the base running game and the opposition tendencies. He will also record data on the teams overall Team Performance Index Charts to help break down the game within the game. He has been married to his lovely wife Carol for over 40 years!! He has 3 children who are all avid baseball fans. His boys are Gregor & Jordan and his daughter is Kellyn. The entire family is sold out to Dodger Blue!

Greg Suzuki

Varsity Assistant Coach

Coach Will Gerhard –Varsity Assistant
Will Gerhard, also known as Coach Dub was born and raised in New Jersey. He was a 2011 Morristown-Beard High School in Morristown, New Jersey. Gerhard won an NJ Prep State Championship (2008), two Colonial Hills Conference Championships (2008, 2009), and a Private B State Championship (2010). Will played first base and pitched. His senior year he was named to the New Jersey All-State Honorable Mention Team. Will walked on his Junior Year at Division 1 Syracuse University in upstate New York. He played two seasons with the Orange pitching 39.1 innings. He tallied 28 strikeouts and walked only 6. Gerhard was a bullpen specialist and was often called upon to get out of jams. He also had 5 career Starts on the bump with a CG DUB over Northeastern! He graduated in 2015 and has a Bachelors Degree in Broadcast & Digital Journalism.

After college, Will had the opportunity to play professional baseball. He was signed by Cincinnati Reds scout Bob Fritz to play for the Topeka Train Robbers in the Independent Leagues. Will ended up playing parts of four  seasons professionally for Topeka, Bakersfield, Cal City, Garden City, and Roswell.

Will Played Defensive End in high school & was recruited to play football at D1 Universities that included Maryland, Rutgers, Dartmouth, and Brown. He obviously didn’t go to any of those schools or play football in college as his love was for baseball!

Favorite hobbies: Getting in the Word, reading in general, breaking records in the weight room, playing volleyball and hanging out at the beach.

Will is married to his best friend Kara. He works as the area representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in South Orange County. He has a long history with FCA Baseball and is excited to join the world class LB Poly coaching staff.

I am excited to join the world class LB Poly coaching staff and look to make an impact in this highly touted baseball program. I am a relational coach who understands the power of solid relationships. I look forward to building up and pushing these athletes to be a difference maker on their team, program, and community to set the tone for their successful future.
Go Jackrabbits!

Will Gerhard

Varsity Assistant Coach

Blake Pender will begin his 2nd year at Poly. He graduated from Newport Harbor High School in 2014 where he was a three year varsity starter on the baseball team. The crafty left handed pitcher saw a lot of innings on the mound and roamed the outfield making sure no balls dropped. His nasty slider and mid 80’s fastball had many baffled batters walking back to the dugout in frustration. His cannon from the Outfield also had baserunners sulking over the run they thought they for sure would score…until they were thrown out by a man with a real life bazooka for an arm with pinpoint red laser accuracy only seen by special ops and snipers in the military. In 2017 he started his coaching career back at the Alma Mater of Newport Harbor. He served as the Freshman Assistant Coach. In 2018 and 2019 he made the jump to varsity baseball to be an assistant pitching coach and also worked with outfielders.

He also coaches in the King Kong Travel Baseball program which is led by fellow Poly Coach Ariel Guitron. This is where Pender hones in his coaching skills as a head coach and gives back to the youth.

Coach Pender currently lives in Newport Beach and is working on his degree/teaching credential.

“I am very excited to be at Long Beach Poly and be a part of the rich tradition of Jackrabbit Baseball!”

Blake Pender

Varsity Assistant Coach

Ariel Guitron will begin his 2nd year at Poly. He graduated from Downey High School in 1996.  He was 1st Team all San Gabriel Valley League as a Pitcher on baseball team & QB on football team. Was Also made the 605/91 All-Star Game selection as a pitcher.

* 97-98 San Diego Mesa JC QB 2 years (MVP Back), pitcher 1 year.

* 99 Saint Martin’s University baseball. Academic Dean’s list.

*2000 walk on Fresno State baseball under Hall of Fame coach Bob Bennett. WAC scholar athlete.

*2001 transferred to play final year of football and baseball at Whittier College. Team MVP & 1st team all SCIAC baseball. Graduated Sociology degree.

*01 signed Pro as free agent with the Mississippi Bluesmen

*02 Dubois County Dragons

*03 Tecate Cerveceros

*03 Baton Rouge Riverbats “Southeastern League Champions”

*04-05 Ensenada IC Estatal – represented Baja California Sur. Team MVP.

Teacher/Coach Experience:

*01 Whittier College Pitching Coach

*02-05 Paramount High School Varsity pitching coach & Substitute Teacher

*06 Warren High School Varsity Head coach

*07-09 Athletic Director/PE Life Skills Teacher at Mokler Middle school in Paramount                    –

*10 Downey High School JV Head Coach (San Gabriel Valley League Champs) & JV Football QB’s Coac

*11 Started King Kong baseball program in Newport Beach

*12-15 Long Beach State Academic Enrichment camp teacher.

*12-14 Costa Mesa High School Varsity pitching coach

*15-19 Newport Harbor High School Varsity Pitching Coach (2 pitchers finished top 20 in OC strikeouts)

*18 Freshman Football Coach

Coach G lives in the LBC with his awesome wife Ashley, 15 year old son Aj, 2 dogs Luna & Amor, and newborn Baby G! Ariel owns and operates the King Kong Baseball Program and does private/group baseball lessons in LA/OC areas. When he is not on the field, you can find him doing hot yoga and gardening at his home. Ariel is a man of faith with a great passion for teaching and helping people grow. He connects with his players on a deeper level and encourages them to be the best that they can be mentally and physically. His motto is that more important than baseball, we want you to be good people.  Integrity, hard work, and faith.

Ariel Guitron

Varsity Pitching Coach

JV Coaching Staff

Coach Byrd

Coach Byrd

Coach

TBD

Ramon Bramasco

JV Assistant Coach

Freshman Coaching Staff

Johnny Alvarez was born and raised in the City of Angels. As a graduate of Franklin High School he starred in both Baseball & Football in his playing days. Coach Alvarez is excited to be a part of the Poly Baseball program as the Head Coach of the FROSH/SOPH team for the 3rd consecutive year and continue to lay and build the foundation of Poly baseball.  His passion for the game runs deep as he began his coaching career during a time when he was still playing travel ball in Highland Park, CA. Coach Alvarez is a big believer in fundamentals, conditioning, and attention to detail.

Coach Alvarez has more than 20 years of experience instructing students on the fundamentals of baseball. Over the years he has coached different levels from T-ball, Little League, Pony, Connie Mac and now High School.

He is no stranger to the Moore League, having spent 4 years as the Varsity Head coach at Cabrillo High School in Long Beach. He gained experience in all facets of high school baseball that included organization, direction, and administration. He is a hands-on leader with diversified talents in coaching, compliance, and program management. He also spent the 2017 season as the Head JV Coach at Valley Christian High School in Cerritos, CA.

As a resident of Long Beach for over 14 years he opened and operated a successful nightclub in the heart of Downtown Long Beach. His last three years he has managed the Federal Bar restaurant operations. Currently, you can find him managing SIP Restaurant and Lounge located inside the Renaissance Hotel. In his spare time he works for Engel & Volker’s as a Real Estate Advisor.

Coach Alvarez is looking forward to his tenure at Long Beach Poly and continuing the Jackrabbit baseball winning tradition. He is available for private consultations and can be reached at johnnyhustlelbpoly@yahoo.com

Johnny Alvarez

Freshmen Head Coach

TBD

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