Tony Vitello
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Tony Vitello

Position:
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator | 3rd Season


11/19/2012

Baseball To Host Coaches Clinic

Clinic will be held on Jan. 10

10/20/2011

Baseball America Ranks Recruiting Class No. 10

Class features 17 newcomers

03/20/2013

TCU vs. UT Arlington

The Frogs and the Mavericks squared off Tuesday night at The Ballpark in Arlington

03/09/2013

TCU vs. Pacific Day 2

TCU falls to Pacific 5-3.

02/17/2013

TCU vs. Ole Miss (Game 2)

TCU and Ole Miss squared off in game two on Saturday.

05/18/2012

TCU vs. San Diego State Game 1

San Diego State defeated the Horned Frogs 3-0 Friday night.

05/06/2012

TCU vs New Mexico Game 3

TCU defeats New Mexico 2-1.

Coach Vitello can be reached via email at t.vitello@tcu.edu.

Tony Vitello enters his third season as the recruiting coordinator for the Horned Frogs. He came to TCU after spending the previous eight seasons as the recruiting coordinator at Missouri.

"We searched nationwide for the right fit for our program, and Tony clearly emerged as one of the nation's most aggressive, hard-working and knowledgeable recruiters," said Schlossnagle. "He comes widely recommended and has been a major part of Missouri's outstanding baseball program over the last several years."

"The timing could not be better to join the baseball family at TCU," said Vitello. "The athletic department as a whole is taking off, but the baseball program recently impacted people nationwide with the exposure they earned in Omaha."

Another impressive crop of recruits made their way to campus in the fall of 2012 as 11 newcomers saw time on the field during the 2013 season. The group paid immediate dividends as Boomer White and Alex Young produced Freshmen All-American seasons, while Trevor Seidenberger and Paul Hendrix were drafted at the conclusion of the 2013 season.

The pitching staff saw the influx of four new faces, while the field featured eight newcomers at various points during the season. TCU ranked in the top 20 of most pitching categories, while freshman Boomer White paced the team with a .314 batting average.

Vitello hit the ground running in his first season at TCU, bringing to campus 17 newcomers in the fall of 2011. The class featured four players who turned down professional contracts in favor of coming to school. Baseball America ranked the class as the 10th best in the nation.

The group made an immediate impact on the field of play as TCU saw 16 players make their TCU debut in 2012. Freshman Preston Morrison put together an impressive campaign on the mound en route to earning Mountain West Pitcher and Freshman of the Year honors, while also being named a third-team All-American by Louisville Slugger. A pair of publications tabbed him as a Freshman All-American.

Despite the youth, Vitello helped guide the squad to its third NCAA Super Regional in the last four years as well as a share of the Mountain West regular season conference title. In addition to Morrison's success, four hitters earned all-conference accolades. At the end of the season, the Horned Frogs saw six players drafted.

While making his mark on the recruiting trail, Vitello also put his stamp on the 2011 squad. Under his guidance, the Frogs hit .306 as a team and averaged 6.7 runs per game. The 141 doubles hit as a team ranked fourth all time. Additionally, five hitters earned all-conference accolades. Four offensive stars were drafted at the end of the season and two others signed free agent contracts.

In his eight seasons at Missouri, the Tigers made the postseason seven times. Vitello was a three-year letterwinner for Missouri from 2000-02 before joining the staff as a volunteer assistant in 2003. He was promoted to a full-time assistant coach in 2004. He has served primarily as the pitching coach, while assisting with the hitters and serving as the first base coach.

"He is an outstanding teacher and coach," remarked Schlossnagle. "The fact that he is a former infielder who has been coaching pitchers at a very high level proved to me that he is a tremendous teacher regardless of the skill or area of the game. I'm excited for our current players to get the opportunity to improve under his watch and be a part of the energy he will bring to our program."

Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball have routinely ranked Vitello's recruiting classes among the top 25 nationally. His 2008 class was ranked No. 11 by Baseball America and three of the last four years, his classes have been ranked in the top 25 by Baseball America.

As the pitching coach at Missouri, Vitello's staff has consistently been one of the top in the Big 12, including a 3.36 ERA that led the Big 12 and ranked 11th nationally in 2006.

During his tenure, Vitello recruited and developed 19 pitchers who were drafted by major league teams, including current major leaguers Max Scherzer and Doug Mathis and recent first-round picks Aaron Crow and Kyle Gibson.

"Living in Fort Worth is going to be tremendous," raved Vitello. "The way the community has fully embraced TCU baseball is only going to add to the program's momentum. I am anxious to learn from a coach as accomplished as Coach Schlossnagle, but above all I am eager to work alongside our players to see what kind of progress we can make from one day to the next."


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