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Tupper Takes Over Nipmuc Football Program

After spending three years as an assistant coach, Dave Tupper is stepping into the head coaching role with the Nipmuc Regional High School football team. It's his first head coaching gig since leading Ashland High's team from 1980 to 1983.
"I got my first head coaching job when I was 25 and at the start of this season I will be 65," Tupper said with a chuckle. "I guess I needed a little rest in between."
A former player at Marian High School, Tupper spent years working in the insurance business between head coaching jobs, but has always stayed close to the gridiron. He worked as an assistant coach right out of high school while attending Framingham State and spent time coaching at Medway. The latter stop is where he met outgoing Warriors' head coach Shawn Hill.
When Hill became Nipmuc's head coach in 2016, he asked Tupper to join his staff. "There is no way in the world I would have considered being the head coach if it weren't for Shawn," Tupper said. "I know the program he has built. Shawn has built such a great culture; I would like to keep that going."
Tupper also extolled the support from the Nipmuc parents and administration and the quality of the kids who are in the program.
The biggest differences between Hill and Tupper may be stylistic, Tupper said, noting he is a little more reserved than his predecessor. "To his credit, that's why he thought I would be a good fit," the new coach said. "He thought the kids would respond well to me."
While their personalities may be different, Tupper said the offensive and defensive schemes would remain largely in-tact.
"It's the same offense we ran in Medway when we were together, he has added a lot of things that I will keep and continue to build on," Tupper said. "Defensively, it's still the same."
"We've gone 20-3 over the past two years," he added. "I don't think it makes sense to make a lot of changes."
Tupper inherits a team with some turnover after advancing to the state final a season ago. "We have a great group of kids, but we lost a lot, so we have some places to fill," he said. "But we have good players and a good core coming back."
The schedule will test the Warriors right from the opening week, as Nipmuc plays Littleton and Northbridge to begin the 2019 slate. "We will jump right into it," Tupper said. "It's very exciting."




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