PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The 2013-14 Lake Erie College baseball coaching staff was officially announced by head coach Brian McGee recently, with new additions Jordan Basile, Brian Warning and Jerry Hites joining the staff. Pitching coach Ed Marko will return for his second season.
Basile will serve as the hitting coach and also work with the outfielders defensively, Warning is the Storm's new recruiting coordinator assisting with the pitchers and first basemen while Hites will serve as the team's bench coach and also work with the team's catchers.
"I'm very excited to add three very talented baseball men to our staff," said McGee. "Their experience and enthusiasm will be great benefits to our players. We're very excited to get going and start preparing for the season."
Basile comes to Lake Erie after a two-year stint as an assistant at the University at Buffalo where 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. While at Buffalo he worked with a pair of players who were drafted in the top 20 rounds of the Major League Baseball Draft.
A two-time first-team all-conference selection at SUNY-Fredonia, Basile got his collegiate coaching start as an assistant at his alma mater for one season and also has extension camp and clinic coaching experience and also spent a full season working in the Player Development department of the Detroit Tigers. He graduated from SUNY-Fredonia with a bachelor's degree in Communication as the school's all-time leader in hits, stolen bases and runs scored.
Warning arrives at Lake Erie after being an assistant at Thiel College for the past two seasons. During his time there 14 players earned all-conference honors and three received all-region accolades. Working with the pitchers and corner infielders, his Tomcat hurlers took home 13 league Pitcher of the Week honors and 12 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Pitcher of the Week awards.
A player and a student assistant coach as an undergraduate at Thiel, where he earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Warning previously coached summer league teams in the Columbus, Ohio, area and has worked a number of top regional and national prospect camps.
Hites joins the Storm staff following a decorated high school coaching career. Most recently he was the head coach at Fairport Harbor High School for 12 seasons, compiling a 252-87 record with 11 section championships, eight district finals appearances and four regional appearances. He led his team to eight conference titles. At Fairport he also served as the athletic director and head girls basketball, softball and golf coach during his time at the school.
A native of Fairport Harbor, Hites earned his bachelor's degree in Education from Edinboro University where he played for the Fighting Scots baseball team. Before that he played a season at Lakeland Community College under current Storm women's basketball coach Bob Booher. Hites and his wife, Amy, have four children – Corey, Colin, CJ and Caleb.