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Leonelli Steps Down as BVT Baseball Coach

In an open letter to Blackstone Valley Tech students, parents, and fans, Anthony Leonelli announced he will not be returning as baseball coach in 2015.
"Due to my new full time position as Head Men's Basketball Coach and Assistant to the Athletic Director at Green Mountain College in Poultney Vermont, it will be impossible for me to continue on as your coach," Leonelli wrote. "Let me tell you without exaggeration that leaving what we have built at BVT was the hardest decision and hardest part of this entire process, despite moving on to a full time coaching position – I am leaving a part of myself in Central Massachusetts and with this program."
Leonelli took over the program prior to the 2011 season. The Beavers had not won a league title since 1977 but under the former Nipmuc High standout, BVT claimed Colonial Athletic League titles in both 2012 and 2013. Those two teams combined to go 27-1 in league play over two years. Overall, BVT posted a 50-6 record in the CAL under Leonelli.
In addition to the league success, BVT has become one of the powers in Central Mass. The Beavers qualified for the district tournament in each of Leonelli's four seasons at the helm, and reached the semifinal round in 2012. BVT also added a state vocational championship, the first ever for the school in baseball, in 2012. The Beavers were runners up in the state voke tourney in 2013.
"I'd love to sit here and tell you that I was responsible for all of [the team's accomplishments]," Leonelli wrote. "But it was the players, showing up to work every single day, allowing themselves to be coached and performing under pressure that did this."
Overall, Valley Tech was 65-23 over the past four years. In addition to his players, Leonelli thanked his assistant coaches. "Derek Muccini, Zack Green, Eric Nelsen, Scott Felper, and Pete Fiorentino; no one did it better than you guys. Our players were always well prepared and your work had a ton to do with that," he wrote. "Most of all to volunteer assistant Nick Leonelli, my dad, the guy who taught me the game, I'm thrilled our guys got to learn from you for the last 4 years as well."
In addition to winning, aggression on the base paths has come to be a hallmark of BVT baseball under Leonelli. Over the past four years, the Beavers have 363 stolen bases in 406 attempts. That's an 89 percent clip. They have also scored an average of 8.2 runs per game compared to only 2.7 runs allowed.
BVT has not named a new varsity coach for the coming season. Leonelli said there are several great candidates to fill the position, and one he strongly supports, but declined to mention any names publicly.
He will start the regular season with Green Mountain College men's basketball this month.
"In the last 4 years we have completely changed the culture of BVT Baseball," Leonelli wrote. "I will always...have a place for BVT in my heart and think back often of what we did here. I'll be following your next wave of accomplishments closely."




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