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Rivett Wants to Bring College Mentality to BVT Hoops
After eight years out of the coaching game, John Rivett has been searching hard for a gig. The Hopedale resident found his perfect fit as the next head coach of the Blackstone Valley Tech boys' basketball team.
"Everything is in place at BVT," Rivett said. "There's two gyms, we have an athletic trainer, there is just so much support here. I run my program a lot like a college program and everything is in place to mimic that. I could not be more excited about the opportunity."
Rivett's last coaching job was eight years ago at Ayer High School, which is now called Ayer-Shirley. He's also worked at a high school in upstate New York, near Syracuse, and at Brandon University in Manitoba, Canada. He said he and his wife talked over last Christmas about him getting back into coaching, and when he was offered the job at BVT, she told him "this is the job you wanted all along."
Rivett, 43, watched some of his new players compete in fall basketball and he feels Valley Tech has the potential to exceed expectations this year.
"There is a lot of intensity and enthusiasm on this team and I think we are going to be very good, but this is the first building block," he said. "We are always going to look back on this team, they are the ones that are going to set the tone for the kids who are coming through after them."
Rivett wants to run his program with many of the same aspects one might see at the college level. He plans on running teams in the spring and the fall, putting together camps over the summer and over the holidays, and having the varsity team gather for team meals before a game the way a college team would.
"We are going to put together a program that starts in the 9th grade and they are going to have a basketball in their hands for 12 months," he said. "We are going to have a full-blown conditioning program, and we are putting together a staff of coaches who are committed to getting this program to the next level."
Rivett said there is already a great deal of enthusiasm building toward the new season this winter. Individual workouts are set to begin next week, and will run for about a month until official practices begin. The staff Rivett assembles will help coach the spring and fall teams, to give players consistent instruction throughout the year.
"There is a lot of excitement right now," he said.




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