Tony Vitello Names New Volunteer Assistant Coach

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Tony Vitello didn’t waste any time on naming the new Volunteer assistant baseball coach. On Saturday, it was announced that Vitello has promoted former Tennessee pitcher Richard Jackson to the role, as he will take over for Ross Kivett.

“The secret sauce, if any, to our program is that we have some of the best assistant coaches and support personnel in college baseball,” Vitello said. “It has become a routine for those folks to receive outside offers since we have been in Knoxville.

It was announced on Friday that Kivett would be taking a job with Houston, as a full-time assistant coach. This was a great promotion for Kivett, who moves on from working with Vitello and making his presence known within the baseball program.

“Due to NCAA limits on two paid assistants in baseball, the one thing we can’t offer Ross right now is a full-time position with benefits. Houston could do that. We are happy to see one Vol rewarded for his efforts and success. We are equally excited to see another Vol move up to fill in the void left behind.”

Over the past few years, Richard Jackson has worked with Frank Anderson to develop the Vols pitching staff, which he knows all about, since his time as a pitcher for the Vols from 2015-2019.

Jackson will now takeover the role of handling the year round baseball camp’s for Tennessee.


Trey Wallace is a Knoxville-based journalist who has been covering University of Tennessee athletics since early 2018. His passion for sports is evident in his work and has led him to break some of college football's biggest stories. His vast social media reach and natural podcast proficiency continue to make Wallace one of Vol Nation's most trusted sources. Wallace was born and raised in Mobile, AL and graduated from the University of South Alabama. He loves the mountains as much as the beach and looks forward to living in East Tennessee for many years to come.