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Arkansas Baseball: Tony Vitello Takes Tennessee Job

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Dave Van Horn has a coaching staff position to fill.

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Having successful assistant coaches usually means staff turnover. That is the case with Razorback baseball as hitting coach and recruiting coordinator Tony Vitello is now the head coach at Tennessee.

This is a great move for Vitello, a young up and coming coach who gets a shot at an SEC program right off the bat. He was widely regarded as one of the best recruiters in college baseball so that leaves a pretty big hole to fill for Dave Van Horn. The 2016 recruiting class was the 12th best in the nation. The 2017 class is still dependent on the MLB Draft but is currently 6th in the country and 3rd in the SEC.

This continues a new trend happening in the conference. Five of the last six head coaching hires were assistants from other SEC schools. Alabama did the same hiring an assistant from Auburn.

At just 37, Vitello is the youngest coach in the SEC as well. Yet that is another trend in the conference. Tennessee, Mississippi State, and Kentucky now all have coaches under 40. Van Horn could look to any number of places to fill the vacancy, but it will likely be another young and energetic hire like Vitello.