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Tony Vitello
Position: Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Alma Mater: Missouri
Graduating Year: 2002
Experience: 1 Year
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Tony Vitello Bio
Courtesy: Athletic Communications
Release: 06/27/2013

Tony Vitello, considered one of the top recruiters in the country, is in his first year as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the University of Arkansas baseball team.

Vitello came to Arkansas after spending three seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at TCU. Prior to TCU, Vitello was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Missouri for eight years.

In his three years at TCU, Vitello brought in some of the top players in the country and helped the Horned Frogs to two NCAA Tournament appearances, including a super regional berth in 2012. The Horned Frogs started seven freshmen recruited by Vitello in the super regional at UCLA. His final recruiting class at TCU was ranked 17th in the country, and three student-athletes he signed also played for Team USA.

In 2013, 11 newcomers from an 11th-ranked recruiting class saw time on the field for TCU. A pair of Horned Frog freshmen earned freshman All-America honors as Boomer White hit .314 with 27 RBI, while Alex Young was 7-4 with five saves in 22 appearances, 20 in relief. Despite featuring four new faces, TCU's pitching staff ranked in the top 20 in most pitching categories during the 2013 season.

Vitello's 2012 recruiting class was ranked in the top 10 nationally by Baseball America, and the group paid immediate dividends for the Horned Frogs as 16 players made their debut during the 2012 season. Freshman Preston Morrison was named the Mountain West Conference Pitcher and Freshman of the Year and was also tabbed a third-team All-American and a freshman All-American.

Despite the team's youth, the 2012 squad had success on the field, winning the Mountain West Conference regular season and advancing to the super regionals before falling to UCLA. Four Horned Frog hitters earned all-conference accolades and six TCU players were selected in the MLB Draft.

In his first season at TCU in 2011, Vitello worked with a TCU offense that finished the season with a .306 batting average and averaged 6.7 runs per game. The team hit 141 doubles on the season, which ranked fourth all-time in school history. The Horned Frogs finished the season with 43 victories and advanced to the NCAA Regional. Five offensive players earned all-conference honors and four offensive players were selected in the 2011 MLB Draft.

In his eight seasons at Missouri, the Tigers made the postseason seven times. Vitello served as the pitching coach at Missouri, while also working with the team's hitters and serving as the first base coach. Vitello's 2008 recruiting class at Missouri was ranked No. 11 nationally by Baseball America, and he had top 25 recruiting classes in three of his final four years at Missouri.

Under Vitello the Tigers' ERA was consistently among the best in the Big 12 Conference, highlighted by a 3.17 mark in 2005 and a 3.36 ERA in 2006. The 2006 ERA led the Big 12 and was 11th best nationally.

In 2009, Kyle Gibson led the Big 12 with 131 strikeouts and was second in the league with 11 wins on the season. The 131 strikeouts tied the school record and the 11 wins was second most in Missouri baseball history. Gibson was selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 2009 MLB Draft, joining Aaron Crow as a first-round selection the year before. Gibson finished his career at MU with 28 wins and 304 strikeouts, which both ranked second all-time at Missouri.

Crow, who was first taken ninth in the 2008 MLB Draft, was selected with the 12th overall pick by Kansas City in 2009. In 2008, Crow became the second MU pitcher in four years to be named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year. Crow, a first-team All-American, was also the recipient of the Clemens Award, which is given to the nation's top collegiate pitcher. He finished 2008 with a 13-0 record, setting a new school record for wins in a season, and had an ERA of 2.85.

During the 2008 season, Crow had a stretch of 43.0 scoreless innings pitched from Feb. 29-April 11 that was the fourth longest streak in NCAA history. Another member of the Tigers' staff, Ian Berger, put together a string of 36.1 scoreless innings pitched from March 9-29. Crow and Gibson each earned All-Big 12 recognition in 2008 and Gibson was a first-team All-Big 12 selection in 2009.

In 2007, the MU pitching staff ranked fourth in the Big 12 with an ERA of 4.25. That staff included an All-Big 12 first-team selection in Crow and a second-team honoree, Rick Zagone. Zagone earned Big 12 and National Pitcher of the Week honors after throwing a near no-hitter against Kansas State.

In 2006, the MU pitching staff recorded seven shutouts and held opponents to two or fewer runs in 19 of the 63 games. In the NCAA Regional, a pair of freshmen, Zagone and Crow, recorded back-to-back complete game victories, each allowing just one run on six hits, as Mizzou went on to claim the Malibu Regional Championship.

Vitello helped mold Max Scherzer into the 11th overall draft pick in the 2006 MLB Draft. Scherzer, the 2005 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year and one of the nation's top pitchers in 2005 and 2006, improved from an ERA of 5.85 as a freshman in 2004 to a dominant 1.86 in his sophomore season when he led the Big 12 in ERA, strikeouts (131) and opponents' batting average (.163). As a junior, Scherzer had a 2.25 ERA despite fighting injuries much of the season.

During the 2005 season, the Tigers had a stretch of 26 innings without allowing a run from March 14-19 after putting together a 23-scoreless-inning stretch earlier that season. One of the most impressive pitching outings in recent history came against Texas Tech in April of 2005 when Missouri recorded the school's first no-hitter since 1981. In 2006, five Missouri pitchers were taken in the draft with two drafted in the first four rounds.

As recruiting coordinator, Vitello was instrumental in bringing some of the nation's top prospects to Missouri. The 2008 class was ranked among Collegiate Baseball's Top-20 recruiting classes and Baseball America voted the class the 11th best nationally.

Following his playing career and the completion of his management degree at MU, Vitello joined the Missouri coaching staff as a volunteer assistant in 2003. He also completed his course work for his master's degree in business. The following season he was elevated to full-time assistant coach.

During his time as a Tiger assistant coach, Vitello recruited and developed 19 players who were drafted by major league teams, including major leaguers Ian Kinsler, Max Scherzer, Aaron Crow, Kyle Gibson, Nick Tepesch, Doug Mathis and Justin James.

Vitello also served as the associate head coach for the Salina Packers of the California Collegiate League in 2002. The Packers finished 50-14 and earned their first trip to the NBC World Series in Wichita, Kan.

A three-year letterwinner at Missouri, Vitello earned Academic All-Big 12 Conference honors as a senior and was named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll twice.


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