FREDONIA — Jordan Basil served as interim baseball coach at Fredonia State University last season.
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On Friday, Blue Devils athletic director Jerry Fisk named Basil as the program’s new head baseball coach.
“It’s the best feeling in the world” Basil said Saturday afternoon. “It’s something that’s deep in my heart that I hoped it would be, but you won’t know until you actually have it in your hands.”
The school searched nationwide for its next head coach. Multiple candidates were interviewed by the search committee and Fisk.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to coach at Fredonia State University and return to my alma mater.” Basil said.
A 2005 Jamestown High School graduate, he was Fredonia State’s all-time hit leader in 2009 and was later inducted into the University Hall of Fame. As a player he has been named to the SUNYAC All-Conference and All-Region multiple times.
“It was the best experience of my life for four years. Basil said. “We have great facilities and great people around us, and great support in athletics and operations. You can. This is not a sales pitch.”
Before being named interim coach of the Blue Devils in January, Basil spent two and a half years as head coach at Jamestown Community College.
Fredonia State finished 10-24 this spring, including a 1-17 at SUNYAC. The Blue Devils’ last winning season was in 2018 when he was 17-13. Since his 9-9 record in 2016, they have never finished above .500 in conference play.
This spring, Oswego finished first in the regular season with a conference record of 16-2, while Cortland was 15-3 and Brockport was 13-5. Cortland won the conference tournament.
“Instead of comparing ourselves to Brockport, Cortland and Oswego, we just know what we can do…. Fredonia will be our destination.” Basil said. “The coaches have done a great job, but now it’s our turn. We want to talk about Fredonia, not anyone else.”
Basile has 12 years of experience at various levels. He had one assist his season at Fredonia State after graduating. He moved to his NCAA Division I University in Buffalo as an assistant. NCAA Division II Lake Wrie He completed his master’s degree in coaching at the college and then NJCAA Division II Patrick Henry He went on to community college. He took over the program for two seasons, first as an assistant then a coach. In his first year as head coach at PHCC, he found his team one game away from his NJCAA Division Worlds his series, posting a 38-16-1 record and 64 His two seasons of -32-1 have rounded up his mark.
“It’s definitely different to be in a four-year program, but this year we’ve encountered a unique situation of losing 16 seniors and gaining 16 players in four months.” Basil said. “From my experience at JUCO, I am used to recruiting 20 new recruits a year.As a JUCO coach, I am looking to send players into a four-year program. We hope it will be a destination for JUCO players.”
Basile has coached over 10 MLB Draft picks, two of whom have reached the major leagues. He was already recruiting for next season, even though he wasn’t sure if he would become a full-time coach. Now he can tell future players that he will.
“You would always want to start in our region or state, but Fredonia has great neighborhood programs for student-athletes from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia, and you can pay your tuition within the state. increase.” Basil said. “We can also get two more men from other parts of the country who can pay their tuition in-state.”
Basile worked on player development with the Detroit Tigers organization in 2011 and has been involved with Secrets of Champions as an integrated performance coach. He also managed the Jamestown Tarps his Skunks in the Perfect Game College Eight Baseball League for the past two years.
Basile succeeds former coach Matt Palisin, who has been at the helm for 19 years. Basile was part of his school’s most successful season in 2009, with a 26-12 record that saw him host the ECAC Regional Tournament, also winning his title batting for SUNYAC.
“I still call him my coach because he was one of the greatest coaches of my life. I couldn’t have asked for a better coach and person in my baseball career.” I guess.” Basil spoke of Parisin. “It’s the best feeling in the world to be able to take him over. My job is to do as good a job as he makes a better player and better people.”
NCAA Division III programs can practice 16 times and play one game in the fall.
“We have a full roster” Basil said, “And we are ready to go.”