Frank Avilla enters his eighth season with the Lassen College baseball program. The Cougars are coming off an impressive 2017 playoff season under Coach Avilla that included several players being named all-conference while continuing the four-year placement rate of 100 percent. This list also included a league MVP for the second year in a row, an All Northern California pitcher, and a free agent signing with the Seattle Mariners. The Cougars had 11 players receive athletic scholarships as well as two freshman signing Division 1 scholarships.
Avilla was recognized as the 2017 Golden Valley Conference Coach of the Year for the second time in his career at Lassen College. He also earned the honors of Conference Coach of the Year in his first season as Head Coach in the spring 2012. Under Avilla, LCC Baseball has been dedicated and committed to academic excellence. He has never had a player academically ineligible. In his first eight seasons at LCC, every player has had the opportunity to transfer and compete at the four-year level after Lassen College.
During his career at Lassen College Avilla has also produced over 40 All-Conference players including 2 league MVPs in the 2016 and 2017 baseball seasons.
Avilla first came to Lassen College in the fall of 2010. In 2011, Avilla accepted the position of Head Coach at Lassen College. Avilla is in his 10th year of collegiate coaching and his seventh year as Lassen College Head Coach.
Avilla was born and raised in Sparks, Nevada and graduated from Reed High School in 2003. After graduation, Frank attended Neosho County Community College in Chanute, Kanasa and Yuba College in Marysville, California. Avilla received his A.A. degree from Yuba College while playing two seasons for the 49ers earning several honors which included an All-Conference selection as a freshman and captain his sophomore season finishing 28th in California with a batting avg. of .396. Departing Yuba College, Coach Avilla accepted a baseball scholarship to Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. While at OBU, he played two seasons under Hall of Fame coach Bobby Cox during 2007 and 2008. He produced a batting average of .381 as a junior and .330 as a Senior.
Following his Senior season at OBU, Avilla accepted a graduate assistant position, working as a hitting and infield coach from 2008-2010. While coaching at OBU, Coach Avilla earned his Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology and Sports Management. After Departing OBU, Avilla accepted a position with the Lassen College Baseball Program. He is the son of Frank and Kristin Avilla. In August of 2013, he married the former Terra Shoupe, who is a police officer with the City of Susanville. Avilla and his wife have one daughter, Anna Lynne aka “The Peach”, who was born in the fall of 2014.