Coaching Staff

Rocky Vitale - Academy Director

In 1985 Rocky was hired to create a Special Education program at LPHS and established the first “Inclusionary” model in BC. During 2003/2004 he began the process of having an Academy at LPHS and launched the program in 2004/2005 with 60 students. Today we have 225 students. Rocky has coached football, baseball, softball and basketball for the past 30 years in both the US and Canada. LP's girls basketball program has thrived under Rocky's guidance as well, capturing 6 BC titles. Daughter Danielle played College Softball at Dakota State University. Son Carson played at Creighton University and was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2010. Carson now works for the Seattle Mariners as their Field Coordinator of Player Development.

rvitale@sd61.bc.ca

Mike Chewpoy - Academy Director

Mike Chewpoy returns for a 15th year as an Academy Director. Mike has also been the Head Coach and GM of the Premier Mariners during this time. Coach Chewpoy runs his team like a college program. He has high expectations for all of his players. He strives to prepare his players for the next level in their baseball careers. He believes in discipline, repetition, responsibility, focus, and mental toughness. Coach Chewpoy, has seen a number of his Academy and Mariner players drafted by or signed as free agents by MLB teams (Michael Saunders- Toronto, Bobby Scott- Toronto, Kyle Orr- LA, Dan Welch- Oakland, Kelly Norris-Jones- Toronto, Carson Vitale- Texas, Jalen Harris- Milwaukee, Jesse Hodges- Chicago, Jason Willow- Baltimore), along with close to 100 others that have gone on to College baseball scholarships.​

 

mchewpoy@sd61.bc.ca

Mitch Davidoff - Director of Baseball Operations/Jr Academy Director

Born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Mitch grew up playing for the Victoria Mariners. In 2007, he helped lead the Junior Premier Victoria Mariners to a Provincial Championship. After high school he earned scholarships as a first baseman/outfielder to four different post secondary institutions (Tacoma CC, Yakima Valley CC, Patten University and Central Christian College). He graduated in May of 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Central Christian College of Kansas. Receiving an All-Canadian Outfielder Honorable Mention after his 2013 season, he was picked up by the Weyburn Beavers of the Western Major Baseball League. Since returning home, Mitch has held positions such as GVBA Technical Director, Assistant GM and Assistant Coach of the Premier/Junior Premier Victoria Eagles within the years 2013-2016. Since 2015, he has worked as Director of Baseball Operations for our Lambrick Park Collegiate Prep Academy. Mitch also serves as Director/Head Coach of Team British Columbia for the Pacific Regional Games as well as various coaching roles with the Northwest Elite Travel teams in Seattle, WA.

mdavidoff@sd61.bc.ca

Jill-Marie Moreau - Softball Coordinator

A native of Victoria, Jill-Marie has recently joined the LPHS Academy team.  With over 10 years of experience, passionately coaching high school-based sports teams including softball, basketball, golf, volleyball, and rugby, she also volunteered at the community level with Operation Track Shoes, Big Brother Big Sisters In-School Mentoring Program, and Special Olympics Victoria. Jill-Marie played softball as a catcher for the ‘06 Victoria Devils Fastball Club before accepting a Scholarship to Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia in 2007. In 2018, Jill-Marie completed a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Victoria with a major in Physical Education and minors in English Language Learning and Social Studies. She currently coaches LP Basketball and works with the Victoria Devils Fastball Club, where she continues to teach and share her knowledge and passion for the game with the next generation of ball players.

jmoreau@sd61.bc.ca

Conor Lillis-White - Pitching Coordinator

A native of Toronto, Conor Lillis-White is in his second year working with the academy pitchers. Conor played his high school baseball for the Etobicoke Rangers before accepting a scholarship to pitch at the University of British Columbia in 2010. He pitched there from 2011 through the 2015 season, earning all-conference and all-American recognition. After graduating, Conor was selected in the 32nd round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Los Angeles Angels. He played his first four professional seasons with the Angels, reaching AAA for most of 2018, before being traded to the Chicago Cubs prior to the 2019 season. 

Conor continues to play and teach the game to the next generation of ball players. He enjoys working with the young pitchers in the academy, encouraging them to take ownership and accountability of their own careers. He values commitment and a positive mindset from his players, and helps them build a plan as they prepare for each upcoming season. We are glad to have Conor with us here in Victoria and he is equally excited to continue to work with the Academy.

Jason Gibson - Pitching Coach

Born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Jason grew up playing for the Victoria Mariners Junior Premier and Premier high school teams.  As a junior in high school he was chosen for the 30 Man Rosters for Team Canada. While in high school he had received a scholarship to Central Arizona College, AZ which led to two others while in the States (Panola College, TX and McNeese State University, LA). Once graduated, Jason was recruited to play for the Triple Play Hornets (Seattle, Washington) winning the West Coast Series Championship in the summer of 2009. While at Panola College, he was invited to play at the Texas All Star Game and went on to play for the Okotoks Dawgs in the Western Major Baseball League back to back years. While back at home Jason was named assistant coach of the Junior Premier Victoria Eagles and the Technical Director of Greater Victoria Baseball Association.

jasongibson1032@gmail.com

Carson Vitale - Hitting Consultant

Carson graduated from the LPHS Academy in 2006. He went on to play two years of JUCO baseball in Texas(Laredo CC and McLennan CC) and was selected for the 2007 JUCO Texas/New Mexico All-Star game as a catcher. After Junior College Carson was offered a scholarship to play at Creighton University in Nebraska where he was drafted by the Texas Rangers in June 2010. After major injury in a play at the plate ended his career as a player, Carson was hired by the LA Angels as a minor league hitting instructor. The Angels then offered him a contract to manage the DSL Angels in the Dominican till 2015 where he won Angels Manager of the Year. At the end of 2015, Carson was hired on as Director of International Player Development for the LA Dodgers. He currently is the youngest Field Coordinator in Major League Baseball with the Seattle Mariners.

Jesse Hodges - Guest Coach

Jesse Hodges was born and raised in Victoria BC. He is a graduate of Lambrick Park and was a member of the school’s Baseball Academy. Jesse also had an impressive PBL career with the Victoria Mariners. Jesse’s rise to stardom came with Team Canada at the 2012 18U Baseball World Cup, winning a silver medal while being named the Canadian MVP and selected to the All-World Team as a third baseman. It was during that tournament where he was noticed by the Chicago Cubs after having been passed over during the MLB Draft. He joined the organization the next season and has been playing in their system ever since. In 2015 he began playing with their A affiliate, the South Bend Cubs. His best season came in 2017 when he hit over .270 with 13 home runs. Jesse is currently heading to Spring Training after helping Team Canada qualify for the Pan-Am Tournament at the Pan - Am Qualifiers in Brazil. Congrats Jesse.

Jay Longpre - Fielding Coordinator

2018/19 will be Longpre's 7th season as an Academy Instructor, and 3rd with the BCPBL Mariners. Coach Jay has many years experience as a manager in Junior Premier in North Delta as well as Premier in the Penticton. As a former GM with Victoria's two professional baseball teams: The Capitals and Seals, Jay brings a world of knowledge about the pro game. A Victoria native that was part of five BC championships, two Western Canada titles and a National Championship as a player and coach.​

Scott Blewett - Head Trainer (Strength & Conditioning Specialist)

For well over a decade now, Scott's cutting edge knowledge and information provides us with the tools to allow our athletes to develop safely and to their maximum potential. Administering comprehensive programs which address: strength, power, acceleration, speed, agility, core development, flexibility, conditioning, nutrition, designed to develop the total athlete. As the owner of Blast Sports Training Company, for over twenty years, training high performance athletes in so many sports, hockey, baseball, softball, lacrosse, swimming, soccer, basketball, volleyball, rowing - From Amateur to Professional, American & Canadian Universities, National programs, Octagon Sports Agency, School Sport Academies…His passion for youth training is unsurpassed and positively motivates his athletes to higher levels. Instilling a strong work ethic, discipline and will of heart, which will carry over to the field/ice/track of competition and Life. Always “making good Athletes better” is his motto.

blastsports@shaw.ca

Joey Van De Voorde - Softball Pitching Coordinator

Joey has been a softball/baseball coach at LPHS Academy since 2004/2005. One of BC's best technical coaches, Joey has been a Softball Canada Regional Pitching Instructor since 2010. In 2004 Joey co-founded the Victoria Devils Fastball Club and is still actively coaching in their program. Joey is also a LP Basketball coach, winning a BC title with Rocky in 2007.

executionsoftball@gmail.com

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