Employee of the Month - Frank Avilla
At Lassen Community College, we are fortunate to have a group of coaches that emphasize completion of their degrees, transferring to the four-year level, and proper conduct on/off the field. One of those individuals is Frank Avilla. Mr. Avilla serves as the Head Men’s Baseball Coach at Lassen Community College.
Born in Sparks, Nevada, Frank attended Reed High School. While a student at Reed, he was a member of the baseball team. After graduating from Reed, he attended Neosho County Community College in Chanute, Kansas for a year. Later, he transferred to Yuba College in Marysville, California. At Yuba, Frank competed on the baseball team for two years and received an associate degree. During his tenure, he earned several honors that included All-Conference as a freshman, captain his sophomore year, and finishing in the top 30 of California with a batting average of 396.
He accepted a baseball scholarship to Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He played two seasons under Hall of Famer, Bobby Cox. At OBU, he produced batting averages of .381 as a junior and .330 as a senior. Following his senior campaign, Frank accepted a graduate assistant coaching position at OBU working with the hitting and infield coach. While coaching at OBU, Frank completed his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Sports Management.
Coach Avilla accepted a position at LCC as a volunteer assistant working as the hitting and position coach. In the summer of 2011, he was awarded the position of Head Coach at LCC. After the 2012 season, Coach Avilla was honored as the Golden Valley Conference Coach of the Year. During his tenure at LCC, Coach Avilla’s players graduate, transfer to a four-year institution, and continue to lead successful lives.
In his opening statement to his student-athletes during the Fall Semester, he states that if you are not serious about going to class, working hard, and exhibiting proper conduct on/off the field, this is not the program for you.
Finally, he is married to Tara, a Susanville Police officer, and have a year old daughter named Anna.