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TONY VITELLO | Head Coach

Tony Vitello (pronounced: VIE-tell-oh) accepted the position of head coach for the Tennessee Volunteers baseball program on June 7, 2017.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Vitello arrived on Rocky Top following four seasons as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Arkansas. His rise to the head coaching ranks also included stops at Missouri (his alma mater) and TCU. He has earned a reputation as one of the elite recruiters on the college baseball landscape, having assembled eight top-15 signing classes--including America's top-rated crop of talent in 2014.

In November 2016, D1Baseball.com ranked Vitello No. 2, and tops in the SEC, on its list of the top 30 recruiting coordinators in America.

FRANK ANDERSON | ASSISTANT Coach

Frank Anderson joined the Tennessee coaching staff in June of 2017 after spending the previous five seasons as an assistant coach at Houston, where he helped lead the Cougars to three NCAA Tournaments, including an NCAA Super Regional in 2014. UH played in four consecutive American Athletic Conference Tournament championship games, taking home the title in 2014 and 2017.

Considered one of the premier pitching coaches in the country, Anderson brings a wealth of experience as both an assistant and a head coach at the NCAA Division I level. Prior to his successful stint as pitching coach at Houston, Anderson served as head coach for Oklahoma State for nine seasons (2004-12), leading the Cowboys to six NCAA Regional appearances as well as a trip to the NCAA Super Regionals in 2007.

JOSH ELANDER | ASSISTANT Coach / RECRUITING COORDINATOR

Josh Elander was named an assistant coach for the Volunteers in August of 2017 after spending one season as a volunteer assistant coach at Arkansas.

Elander works primarily with the team's hitters and catchers while also serving as Tennessee's recruiting coordinator.

"There are not many players that I have spent more hours in the batting cage with than Josh. His work ethic was a catalyst in making him a shining star as a player and in more recent years as a coach," Vols head coach Tony Vitello said.

"His abilities as a high school All-American allowed for him to live out a recruiting experience of the utmost intensity. In the weeks that he has relentlessly worked on the road, it's evident that his personal familiarity allows him to relate incredibly well to our prospects and their own personal process."

ross kivett | volunteer ASSISTANT Coach / camp coordinator

Tennessee head baseball coach Tony Vitello announced Ross Kivett as the team's volunteer assistant coach in August of 2017.

Kivett, an Ohio native, joined Vitello's staff following four seasons in the Detroit Tigers' minor league system. His main responsibilities include coaching the team's infielders while assisting with baserunning and hitting on top of serving as Tennessee's camp coordinator.

"Coach Kivett brings an elevated amount of intensity, energy, and experience to Tennessee Baseball," Vitello said. "He is without question one of the most intense individuals I've ever seen on a baseball field."

In his first season on Rocky Top, Kivett helped lead an offense that saw increases in its season totals in runs, hits, home runs, extra-base hits, RBI, slugging percentage, walks and on-base percentage in 2018 despite losing their top two hitters from 2017. Kivett also oversaw the transformation of shortstop Andre Lipcius, who transitioned to the position in 2018 after starting nearly every game at first base as a freshman in 2017. Despite a rough start to the year defensively, under Kivett's guidance, Lipcius committed only one error over the final 18 games of the season and finished the season as the team's leader in batting average (.315), home runs (seven), RBI (42) and total bases (96).

J.P. ARENCIBIA | STUDENT ASSISTANT Coach

Former Vol and Major League catcher J.P. Arencibia was tabbed Tennessee’s student assistant coach prior to the 2018 season.

Arencibia returned to the University of Tennessee to finish his undergraduate degree after 10 years in the professional baseball ranks, six of which were spent in the Majors.

The Miami native was taken with the 21st overall pick of the 2007 Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. He spent three years in the minors before making his debut on Aug. 7, 2010, in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays that became one to remember. Arencibia homered twice and finished with four hits, earning a standing ovation from the Rogers Centre crowd.

CHAD ZURCHER | director of operations

Heading into the 2019 season, Chad Zurcher enters his fourth year as the Tennessee Baseball team’s director of baseball operations.

Zurcher serves as a primary liaison between the University and the Vols Baseball program, while assisting the coaching staff in the day-to-day operations as well as coordinating offseason camps, events and community service outings for the team.

Prior to joining the Volunteers’ staff, Zurcher coached youth teams and scheduled practices at the Ranger Baseball Institute in Knoxville, Tenn., after retiring from a minor league playing career. Over the past 10 years, he has also assisted and supervised preparations for events at the University of Tennessee athletic facilities.

TODD HELTON | DIRECTOR OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

The Tennessee baseball program announced that former Tennessee All-American and Major League Baseball veteran Todd Helton would join the baseball staff as the director of player development on January 27, 2017.

In his new volunteer role, Helton is responsible for maintaining alumni relations, assisting with on-campus recruiting, collaborating with UT's coaching staff and helping Tennessee's current players make informed decisions about pursuing professional baseball careers.

“After spending three years at Tennessee and 17 years in the Major Leagues with the Colorado Rockies, I really wanted to give back to this program any way that I can," Helton said.

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