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Tennessee announces contract extension for baseball coach Tony Vitello

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Tony Vitello is staying put, officially.

Tennessee locked up their baseball coach today, announcing a fat new contract for Vitello that will run through the 2026 season.

Vitello was one of nine head coaches extended on Tuesday by Tennessee.

Tennessee baseball has come back to prominence under Vitello’s leadership, capturing an SEC East crown and a berth in the College World Series this season. The Volunteers went 50-18 overall, going 20-10 in SEC play.

“First, I’d like to acknowledge the fact that I inherited a very impressive roster of head coaches when I arrived at Tennessee back in January,” Tennessee AD Danny White said. “That’s a credit to those who came before me. Extending contracts for successful coaches is one indicator of a healthy athletics program, and we plan on continuing to be aggressive with extensions and rewarding success moving forward.

“I am excited to work with these talented leaders to ensure that our programs continue building toward our bold, ambitious future. We want to support and maintain high graduation rates and championship aspirations—conference and national—across all of our sports. Great days are ahead of us, Vol Nation.”

Vitello had plenty of potential suitors — most notably LSU and Texas A&M. However, Tennessee’s deep run into the NCAA Tournament helped force those schools into a different direction, eventually keeping Vitello in Knoxville.

Per 247Sports, Vitello will now make $1.5 million annually, which makes him one of the highest paid baseball coaches in the college ranks. Vitello holds a 134-68 overall record in four seasons at Tennessee.

Tennessee will now take the next step with the baseball program, which will be centered around facility upgrades. White has noted that contract negotiations with Vitello included talks about these upgrades, but no specifics have been offered to this point.