Norfolk Voyagers Baseball Club
Co-Head Coach: Gary Lavelle
With over twenty years of professional pitching experience under his belt, Coach Gary Lavelle will be an incredible asset to to the Tidewater Collegiate Summer Baseball League and our players. He spent most of his his pro pitching career with the San Francisco Giants where he was twice named a National League All-Star and held the record for most game appearances as well as being listed in the top 10 for saves and wins.
Coach Lavelle also played pro ball for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Oakland Athletics before deciding to move from the mound to the coaches’ box, where he had a strong desire to work with youngsters in developing their baseball ability, sportsmanship and leadership. As head coach of Greenbrier Christian Academy in Chesapeake, VA, Lavelle was named TCIS Conference Coach of the Year for six consecutive years, as well as a seven-time Virginia State Independent Schools Coach of the Year. Lavelle’s team was a four-time winner of the Metro Conference Championship, a six-time winner of the Division I Virginia State Championship, and winner of the Division II Virginia State Championship in 1999.
In 2000, Coach Lavelle returned to the Big Leagues as a Pitching Coach for the New York Yankees where he culminated his career as the 2004 Eastern League All Star Game Pitching Coach. After five years with the Yankees, Lavelle decided to return to Greenbrier Christian Academy where he had found his true calling. Over the next 10 years, his team went on to win the Virginia Independent Schools State Championship four times and Lavelle was named Coach of the Year for each of those years.
Coach Gary Lavelle officially retired from Greenbrier Christian Academy at the end of the 2016 school year, and is currently the Head Baseball Coach of the Bryant & Stratton College Bobcats, where he continues to help develop and mentor young student athletes and is establishing what will become one of the premier junior college programs.
Co-Head Coach: Norbie Wilson
Norbie Wilson’s baseball coaching resume includes 417 wins at First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach before he retired in 2004. During Wilson’s tenure as head coach, First Colonial won 14 district championships, seven Eastern Regional championships, and a Virginia AAA state championship in 1993.
His 1993 state championship team was ranked sixth in the nation by USA Today, and its record of 28-0 remains one of the best in the history of the Virginia High School League.
From 2009 to 2011, Coach Wilson returned to baseball as head coach for The College of The Albemarle, a two-year community college in Elizabeth City, NC, where he helped to re-start their first baseball program since 1978. In his two years at COA, Wilson’s team had 46 wins and back-to-back trips to the regional playoffs. Most recently, Wilson has served as an Associate Scout with the Kansas City Royals and as an assistant baseball coach at Norfolk Academy in Norfolk, VA.
In 2017, Coach Wilson was inducted into the VHSL Hall of Fame, and is currently the Director of Baseball Operations and also serves as Assistant Coach for the Bryant & Stratton College Bobcats. Coach Wilson is helping to establish a nationally recognized junior college program at BSC, while continuing to work with and develop players.