Basile, Tantillo move up the coaching ranks

Former Fredonia State baseball players Jordan Basile and Tommy Tantillo have recently furthered their coaching careers.

Basile was hired as a graduate assistant at Division II Lake Erie College Storm in Painesville, Ohio this fall. He had spent the past two years as an assistant at Division I University of Buffalo. Prior to that, Basile interned with the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Fla. in their player development department and spent a season as a student assistant with Fredonia State.

While at UB, he was part of a staff that led the Bulls to their first two postseason appearances in school history and set a school single-game record for victories in 2013. He also worked with a pair of players who were drafted in the top 20 rounds of the Major League Baseball Draft.

He will serve as the hitting instructor and outfield coach for the Storm under eighth-year coach Brian McGee.

Basile, a 2009 grad, was an All Region outfielder and holds the Devils’ records for hits in a season and career.

Tantillo spent this past summer in Wellsville as the assistant coach of the Nitros of the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL). He served under head coach Anthony Barone, also a Jamestown native, his coach during his two seasons at Jamestown Community College.

The NYCBL is partially funded by Major League Baseball and has produced over 80 future Major Leaguers

Wellsville earned a post-season berth this summer and boasted the NYCBL Player of the Year, Scott DeJong. The Nitros led the league in home runs and DeJong set a new NYCBL standard with 14 homeruns.

Tantillo, who will graduate in December, played for the Blue Devils in 2011 and 2012 after a two-year stint at Jamestown Community College. This spring, Tantillo will enter his second season as a student assistant at Fredonia State.

Both Tantillo and Basile graduated from Jamestown High School.