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Tony Vitello: His Career Before Coming To Knoxville

Tony Vitello

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Missouri – (2003-2010)

Following a solid career as a Mizzou infielder, Vitello joined the Tigers staff as a recruiting coordinator in 2003. Tony quickly grew into this role, peaking in 2008 when the Tigers finished 8th in recruiting nationwide.

While at Missouri, Vitello recruited and developed 19 future draftees including star infielder Ian Kinsler and future Hall of Famer Max Scherzer.

The Tigers were successful beyond the recruiting trail as well. Missouri finished ranked in the top-25 four times and made the NCCA tournament seven of Vitello’s eight seasons.

TCU – (2011-2013)

In 2011, Tony left Missouri for a similar role at TCU. Vitello again crushed it on the recruiting trail, even placing seven of his freshmen recruits in the starting lineup for the 2012 season.

The young team caught fire, pushing all the way to the Super Regional in TCU’s best year with Vitello.

Overall, the Horned Frogs thrived during Tony’s tenure, making the NCAA Tournament two of his three years in Ft. Worth. 

Arkansas – (2014-2017)

Following the 2013 season, Vitello returned to the SEC to begin an impressive run as Arkansas’s recruiting coordinator.

Tony hit the ground running by signing a top-5 recruiting class his first year in Fayetteville.

During just four years with the Hogs, Vitello had 22 players drafted, including star outfielder Andrew Benintendi.

Arkansas excelled with Vitello on campus, winning 40 or more games three of his four years on staff.

Tony Vitello: A Complete Coach

It’s worth noting that Vitello wasn’t just a recruiting coordinator during these stops. He was a respected assistant who worked with infielders, pitchers, and hitters at each school. 

His time with Andrew Benintendi helped the outfielder win National Hitter of the Year (2015) and his mentorship of Aaron Crow was instrumental in the hurler winning National Pitcher of the Year (2008). 

Basically, Tony Vitello’s career before Tennessee proves one thing, he is a baseball guy.

His knowledge of the game is comprehensive, he gets stud players to commit to him, and he wins ball games. 

It’s no coincidence that Tennessee gets better every year under his leadership.

If his career today is any indication, the future is bright for Vol Baseball with Tony Vitello at the helm.

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