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Scott Felper, new BVT varsity baseball coach, is pictured last year when he was playing with the Blackstone A's of the Rhode Island Independent Amateur League. Contributed photo

Felper Takes Over BVT Baseball
Scott Felper is a Nipmuc graduate and he got his first coaching gig at Blackstone Valley Tech. Starting this season, he'll take the reins of the BVT varsity baseball program."As a young kid, I always wanted to be the leader of any team I was on and coaching has always been something that has interested me," Felper said. "I have been fortunate enough to play with some good players and learn from some great coaches and it's exciting to be taking over this program."
Felper replaces Anthony Leonelli, who stepped down after becoming the head men's basketball coach at Green Mountain College in Vermont. Felper says the foundation laid by Leonelli is something he hopes to continue. "We want to build off of what Anthony has done over there," he said. "He has done great things and we want to continue that progress. Growing up at Nipmuc and watching Anthony play and coach, his style has always interested me. He has built a good program and I want to take that approach and model my guys the same way."
Felper graduated from Nipmuc in 2008 after playing three seasons as the varsity shortstop. He was a part of two Dual Valley League championship teams and was hired by Valley Tech to be the freshman baseball coach three years ago. During his year at BVT, the varsity team advanced to the sectional tournament.
After a year with the Beavers, Felper accepted the varsity position at Tri County RVT in Franklin. He spent seasons with the program, bringing them to within one win of a postseason appearance last year. "We got the wheels rolling over there, being one game short of the playoffs was huge progress for those guys," he said.
Felper prides himself on an aggressive, energetic style not unlike that of his predecessor at BVT. "I like a lot of energy to keep guys into the game," he said. "Baseball can be like a chess match sometimes but I really try to make sure my guys stay in it and stay aggressive. I think it's very important to be aggressive on the base paths at the high school level so you can put pressure on defenses and make them make plays."
Felper says he wants to build a program that is not only successful, but also enjoyable for all players regardless of their aspirations within the sport.
"Some kids tell you they want to go on to play college baseball, and I'll do what I can do help them get there," he said. "Others play other sports or are just there for the ride. It's never easy to transition from one coach to another, especially after the success they've had. I think the guys understand the potential they have and I am going to do my best to bring out the most in that potential."




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