Coaching Staff

Varsity Coaching Staff

Brent Lavoie was a 1999 Glendale High School Graduate in Springfield, Missouri. He was the starting Third baseman his JR & SR year. He helped lead his Falcons to the State Championship Game in ’98 finishing as Runner-Ups. They set a school record for wins during the Summer Legion season with an overall record of 52-9. As a senior he helped Glendale claim Back to Back District Championships and a State Quarterfinal berth. Lavoie earned both All-Conference & All-District honors his Senior Year. He was also the team’s gold glove recipient.

Lavoie went on to play collegiately at Missouri Valley in Marshal, Missouri redshirting his freshman year before heading to North Arkansas Junior College in Harrison, Arkansas. He was Team Captain and earned 1st Team All -Conference honors & Golden Glove Awards his Freshman & Sophomore seasons for the North ARK Pioneers. Lavoie (born in Riverside, CA) returned back to Southern California to finish his degree and playing career at Biola University. He graduated with a degree in Communications in 2004. At Biola he was a 2 year starter at the 2Bag and helped lead his team to the 2003 NAIA College World Series, crushing 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. He was also notorious for laying down the surprise push bunt to find his way on base.
Lavoie is entering his 15th Season as a high school head coach and his 4th here at LB Poly. Valley Christian, Whittier, La Mirada, and Whittier Christian were the previous schools he coached at. He has been a Head or Assistant coach for 5 seasons with Summer Collegiate Teams also. He served as Head Coach of the Gold Coast Miners & East LA Dodgers and was an Assistant with the So Cal Catch.

In 2006 Lavoie led Valley Christian to an Olympic League Title 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 for the 2008 season. 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 and had an overall record of 40-14 & 23-1 in league play in the 2 year span. His ’09 squad went an impressive 22-5 overall and 12-0 in league. This lead to an amazing opportunity for the 2011 season being named Whittier Christian’s Head Coach. He coached 6 seasons at Whittier Christina and tallied 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 and advancing to the 2nd Round of CIF Playoffs. Lavoie was also named the 2011 Whittier Daily News Coach of the Year and again was a Whittier Rotary All Star Game Head Coach. The 2014 squad had a memorable run advancing to the CIF Quarterfinals. The ’15 &’16 squads each won their Playoff Wildcard game before bowing out in the next round. The ’17 Poly squad reached the CIF Playoff’s in Lavoie’s 1st season and did something quite remarkable in ’18. Long Beach Poly won their 1st CIF Playoff game since 2006! Just 2 days later they won their 2nd Playoff game, an accomplishment that hadn’t been done during any of the current player’s lifetime. History was made in action packed climatic fashion and the ’18 Legacy is firmly cemented. 2019 brought even more success with winning the MOORE  LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP!
Lavoie taught at Millikan High School in ’18 but is now at POLY as a Resource Specialist Teacher. He is currently in his 14th year as a high school teacher. He also assists with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Huddle on campus for the athletes.
Brent Lavoie married his best friend Kristen-Wesley Lavoie (former USA Junior Olympic Softball player & Biola University Pitcher ’06 Grad) on July 21st 2013 & resides in Fullerton with their black Australian Kelpie dog named Cali… AKA “The Coo”. Cali Coo is known for her great anticipation, fast twitch explosiveness, quick 1st step, incredible agility, and raw closing speed that has defined her a species like no other. She loves the baseball field where she can demonstrate all of her skill-sets. She’s extremely pumped up for the new season at Long Beach Poly and loves being on the baseball field. Cali is excited for the Jackrabbit family. She also claims she is faster than any Jackrabbit that takes the field and won’t be shy in backing it up.

Brent Lavoie

Varsity Head Coach

Greg Suzuki will assist at the varsity level once again in his 4th 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 38 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

Blake Pender 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 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

Junior Varsity Head Coach

TBD

TBD

Junior Varsity 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 in his first year and will serve as the Head Coach of the FROSH/SOPH team. Alvarez is looking forward to providing stability and leadership to our new group of young men. 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

Ramon Bramasco

Freshmen Assistant Coach

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