Justin Duarte

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Career Highlights

  • Drafted in the 22nd round MLB Amateur Draft (1999)
  • Two-Time NAIA All-American catcher at Azusa Pacific Univ.
  • President/Founder of Next Level Catching Academy (Est. 2010)
  • 2019 Interim Head Baseball Coach at NCAA Div. II Biola Univ. (29-19 record)
  • Began coaching in 2003 with coaching experience at the Div. II, Div. III, NAIA, JC and high schools levels.
  • Multiple seasons managing summer ball in the California Collegiate League with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes So Cal Catch.
  • Worked directly with many players taken in the MLB draft including two-time American League All-Star catcher Stephen Vogt.

Colleges My Players Have Played For

NCAA D1: CP SLO, SDSU, CS Fullerton, UCI, UCR, U-Hawaii, UCSB, CSULB, UNLV, Missouri St. Univ., Miami of Ohio, Nichols St, CSU Bakersfield, Dartmouth, Princeton, Liberty, TCU, Baylor, Cal Baptist U., Ole Miss, St. Mary’s, Univ. of Portland

NCAA D2: CP Pomona, SF St, UCSD, CSU Monterrey Bay, CSU San Marcos, Biola, APU, Pt. Loma, Hawaii Pac., Hawaii Hilo, CSULA, CSUDH, CSU San Bernardino, Col. Mesa, Central Washington Univ., Concordia (Irvine), Drury, William Jewell, Union (Tenn.)

NCAA D3: Univ. of La Verne, Claremont McKenna College, Cal Lutheran, Univ. of Redlands, Willamette, Whitworth

NAIA: Westmont, Vanguard, Arizona Christian Univ., Culver-Stockton, Hope Int’l, La Sierra, Lindenwood, San Diego Christian

Career Bio

Justin has enjoyed an extensive journey in athletics. He is fueled by the great coaches who mentored him and the group of men who have surrounded him in his years as a player and coach. As a student-athlete, Justin thrived at Azusa Pacific in both baseball and football and was inducted into the APU Athletics Hall of Fame for his contributions in both sports. Justin went on to be drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies and went on to finish his playing career with the San Diego Padres in 2002.

Since beginning his coaching career in 2003, he has coached players at all competitive levels and has been a part of conference titles, regional and state playoff appearances while coaching at APU, Univ. La Verne and Mt. SAC. Justin spends his days as a teacher helping at-risk students work towards their goal of high school graduation and enjoys developing catchers in the catching academy he founded.

He started Next Level Catching Academy in 2010 which focuses on training and the development of catchers. He credits the success and growth of the academy to the work-ethic, creativity and the intention that he and his team of coaches have put forth. Justin is extremely grateful for the many different opportunities and roles he has served as a coach, yet his favorite coaching role has been coaching his son Elijah.

Justin resides in Chino Hills with his wife Sara, daughter Madison and son Elijah.

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