Gilbert Jean-Baptiste "Coach JB"
Head Coach Varsity Soccer
Coach Jean-Baptiste grew up in Montreal, Canada, but is originally from Haiti. In 1995, he came to the United States where he attended Mercer County Community College for 1 year. During that season he was named Defender of the Year, Final Four All-Tournament, and First Team All-American. His team won the 1995 National Championship.
The following year Coach Jean-Baptiste transferred to Southern Connecticut State University where he earned his Bachelor's degree, majoring in Computer Science. After one year he was named as Co-Captain and was also a two time All-New England and All-Conference player. As a senior, after three consecutive trips to the Final Four, he won the Men's Division II National Championship. In addition, he was named All-New England, All-Conference, First team All-American, and 1998 Conference Defender of the Year, all of which led to his 1998 Men's Division II Player of the Year award.
After a successful college career he signed his first professional contract with the Charleston Battery where he was named Rookie of the Year. He was rewarded for his impact in the A-League and named to the All-Star Team for three consecutive years. As a defender, he scored an impressive 8 goals and 2 assists, leading his team in minutes played.
In 2002, he signed for the Atlanta Silverbacks, where he continued with his success accumulating 3 goals and 1 assist. In his four years as a professional, he participated in two World Cup Qualification campaigns, and fell twice to Trinidad. He has represented his country in two Gold Cups and amassed a total of 11 caps and was the Haitian National Team's Captain.
Gilbert is the current Head Coach for The Blessed Trinity Catholic High School girls who are the 2006, 2007 and 2008 defending State Champions.