St. Francis High is expected to hire Shaun Kort as its new baseball coach Friday, sources have confirmed.
He’ll replace Aaron Dorlarque, who was at the helm for six seasons before stepping down on May 13 after the Golden Knights went 6-22 overall and 4-14 in the Mission League.
“I’m honored to take on this challenge and I am thrilled for the opportunity to join the fantastic St. Francis staff, faculty, and athletic department,” said Kort.
Kort, 34, has been the head coach at Calabasas High the last two seasons where he quickly turned the Coyotes into a league champion. Calabasas was 9-18 in 2019 and 1-5 in 2020 (before the pandemic shut down high school athletics). Kort led Calabasas to a 15-14 record in his debut season in 2021 before going 19-10 this past spring en route to a share of the Marmonte League crown with Agoura and Oaks Christian.
It means Kort will be back in the Mission League after serving as an assistant at Harvard-Westlake under Jared Halpert for nine years before taking the Calabasas job in 2020. The task to turn the St. Francis program around will not be easy, competing with nationally ranked Harvard-Westlake and Notre Dame, and the league’s new addition Sierra Canyon.
“I am excited about the challenge of building a championship program that competes in the best league in Southern California,” Kort added.
St. Francis isn’t the only Mission League program that will have a new coach in the spring of 2023. Loyola High hired Keith Ramsey to be its new coach. Ramsey was a 1998 Loyola graduate before playing at the University of Florida and eventually professionally for 11 years.
Kort was a standout baseball player at El Camino Real Charter in Woodland Hills, where he won the City Player of the Year honor in 2006 and anchored ECR to a City title victory that season.