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.