Mamaroneck High School senior Brian Knapp has been selected as Mamaroneck High School/ Daily Voice Standout Student-Athlete this week.
Brian will be attending Pomona College, where he will be playing baseball.
Overview of accomplishments/achievements:
Brian moved to Mamaroneck from California this year, as a senior, due to a parent job transfer. His transition to a new school has been seamless both academically, taking college and AP courses and on the baseball team, starting at 1st base.
According to coach Mike Chiapparelli, Brian is a dedicated, hardworking young man. He has a good bat, nice glove, runs the bases very well and works hard.
So far this season he is hitting .459, with 15 RBI’s and 10 runs scored. He is a quiet leader, by example, but kids see how serious and committed he is as an athlete to making himself and the team better. So far this season the team is better with Brian Knapp.
The team is 11-1 so far this season. Brian was a big part of the Tigers' three-win weekend upstate in Section 2 where Mamaroneck defeated Saratoga-8-1, Shenendehowa-2-1 and Columbia 7-4.
Q&A with Brian.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to work out, watch sports, hang out with friends, watch TV.
Favorite restaurant in town?
Sal’s. Nothing beats NY pizza, I know this since ive lived in California my whole life.
Favorite subject in school?
Macro. Mr. Sobel is an awesome teacher and my experience in his class has reinforced my desire to major in Econ in college. I like learning Economics because of the fact that it attempts to improve our standard of living, which greatly interests me.
What are some reasons for your success?
My ability to understand my weaknesses and work to improve them, whether it is on the baseball field having to do with my swing, or in a certain class in school. One major reason for my success is how I deal with failure.
Through the years, I have improved my ability to keep working regardless of the result and not giving up, looking at my negatives in a way that allows me to prevent them from happening. I have learned to setting high standards for myself and work as hard as I can to achieve my goals.
The support of my parents, friends, and coaches along the way has also undoubtedly contributed to my success as well.
Biggest influences on your varsity career?
My former hitting coach and ex- professional baseball player jimmy escalante completely transformed my swing and taught me new techniques that have been invaluable to my recent performance. Coach chap also has welcomed me and eased my transition to a new school and sports program and his faith in me has allowed me to play confidently and successfully so far this season.
Person you would most like to meet?
I would most like to meet Derek Jeter. Since I was about 3 years old, he has always been my greatest role model, not only because of his hall of fame career and ability to play baseball, but also his character and persona off the field.
What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?
In 10 years, after my playing career is over, I see myself settling down and using my economics degree(s) to help me work in whatever position I have at a firm, company, etc. I will likely decide to live wherever my career takes me.