Jagoda Joins Twins, Basile Named Interim

MARTINSVILLE, VA – After leading his players through two seasons, Frank Jagoda will not be returning for a third season as the Head Coach of the Patrick Henry Community College baseball team. Starting January 2018, Jagoda is joining the Minnesota Twins professional baseball organization as their new Pitching Coach for Rehabilitation.

In his two years at the helm of the PHCC baseball program, Jagoda amassed a 79-38 record, while also winning the 2016 Region X Regular Season Championship and also gaining the 2016 Region X Coach of the Year award. Under his leadership, there were also 11 All-Region Team members, two National Junior College Athletic Association All-Americans, and three MLB Draftees.

Prior to arriving in Martinsville, Jagoda served as the recruiting coordinator and pitching coach at Wingate University, a National College Athletes Association Division II team.  Before landing at Wingate, he coached at Canisius College.  Jagoda has also served as a head coach in the New York wooden bat summer league program for collegiate players, and coached at Jamestown Community College. In addition, he worked with USA Baseball as a pitching coach in the summers of 2016 and 2017.

Assistant Coach Jordan Basile will take over the reigns as the Interim Head Baseball Coach for the 2018 season. Before joining the Patriots in October, Basile worked as an assistant coach at both Lake Erie College and the University of Buffalo. On both teams, he assisted in coaching various positions and recruiting. He also has extension camp and clinic coaching experience. In addition, Basile spent a full season working in the Player Development department of the Detroit Tigers.

Basile graduated from State University of New York-Fredonia with a bachelor’s degree in communication as the school’s all-time leader in hits, stolen bases, and runs scored. A two-time first-team all-conference selection at SUNY-Fredonia, he served as a team captain and earned Eastern College Athletic Conference in Upstate New York and American Baseball Coaches Asoociation New York Region all-star honors.

“We are thankful for the incredible commitment and passion that Coach Jagoda brought to our baseball program over these last two seasons. Under his leadership, both our program and our players have grown and have achieved so much,” says Athletic Director Brian Henderson. “I am also grateful that our student-athletes have another hard working coach to learn from with Basile. While he worked as assistant coach under Jagoda for the last few months, Coach Basile has proven himself completely capable of making the 2018 season another strong year.”

PHCC Baseball opens the 2018 season on February 3 at Spartanburg Methodist College. The Patriots play their first home opener on February 10 against Louisburg College at Hooker Field.