With over twenty years of professional pitching experience under his belt, Coach Gary Lavelle will be an incredible asset to Bryant & Stratton’s new baseball program. He spent most of his his pro pitching career with the San Francisco Giants where he was twice named a National League All-Star and held the record for most game appearances as well as being listed in the top 10 for saves and wins.
Coach Lavelle also played pro ball for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Oakland Athletics before deciding to move from the mound to the coaches’ box, where he had a strong desire to work with youngsters in developing their baseball ability, sportsmanship and leadership. As head coach of Greenbrier Christian Academy in Chesapeake, VA, Lavelle was named TCIS Conference Coach of the Year for six consecutive years, as well as a seven-time Virginia State Independent Schools Coach of the Year. Lavelle’s team was a four-time winner of the Metro Conference Championship, a six-time winner of the Division I Virginia State Championship, and winner of the Division II Virginia State Championship in 1999.
In 2000, Coach Lavelle returned to the Big Leagues as a Pitching Coach for the New York Yankees where he culminated his career as the 2004 Eastern League All Star Game Pitching Coach. After five years with the Yankees, Lavelle decided to return to Greenbrier Christian Academy where he had found his true calling. Over the next 10 years, his team went on to win the Virginia Independent Schools State Championship four times and Lavelle was named Coach of the Year for each of those years.
Camp Director – Associate Head Coach at Bryant & Stratton College
Starting a collegiate baseball team from the ground up is no easy task, but having someone Like Coach Paul Bottigliero heading up the Bobcats Baseball recruitment efforts will put Bryant & Stratton on the right track for success.
Coach Bottigliero joined the Bryant and Stratton baseball staff in January of 2016. Prior to joining the Bobcat staff, coach Bottigliero was at Old Dominion University from 2011-2015. While at ODU Coach Bottigliero served as the third base coach, hitting instructor and catching instructor. In the four seasons with the Monarch coach Bottigliero helped 3 position players to being selected in the MLB Draft along with helping two freshman All-Americans in Nick Walker and Zach Rutherford.
2015 While serving as hitting coach the offense finished in the top 3 of C-USA in batting average (.290), on base pct (.379), Doubles (110), total bases (738), walks (224), HBP (54) and strikeouts (293) 2 All- Conference Players
Wilson’s baseball coaching resume includes 417 wins at First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach before he retired in 2004. During Wilson’s tenure as head coach, First Colonial won 14 district championships, seven Eastern Regional championships, and a Virginia AAA state championship in 1993.
His 1993 state championship team was ranked sixth in the nation by USA Today, and its record of 28-0 remains one of the best in the history of the Virginia High School League.
From 2009 to 2011, Coach Wilson returned to baseball as head coach for The College of The Albemarle, a two-year community college in Elizabeth City, NC, where he helped to re-start their first baseball program since 1978. In his two years at COA, Wilson’s team had 46 wins and back-to-back trips to the regional playoffs. Most recently, Wilson has served as an Associate Scout with the Kansas City Royals and as an assistant baseball coach at Norfolk Academy in Norfolk, VA.
Coach Kelon Wesley played his High School baseball years at Germantown High School in Tennessee. Joined the Navy out of high school and served 7.5 years. After getting out the military enrolled in Bryant & Stratton College where he attained his associates degree in Business Management. Played second base for Bryant & Stratton for two years where he led all of Region X in hits with (69) while driving in 43 runs his final year. He is also a certified personal trainer. Certified by ISSA and by National Academy of Sports Medicine.