|Previous College:||Pittsburg State|
Dennis Vilela is entering his eighth season with the Missouri Southern Baseball program. Dennis and his wife Krista live in Columbus, Kansas with their three children Tanner (21), Emma (11) and Jack (8).
Vilela coaches the hitters and catchers’ at MSSU. Over his last 7 seasons, he has coached 18 All-Conference players, including two All-Region players and one preseason All-American. He also has had six players go on and play some form of professional baseball, including last years sixth-round MLB selection by the Royals, Logan Moon. His teams have had a .310 batting average or better in six of the last seven years and have averaged .442 Slugging Percentage and .390 on-base percentage over this time span as well. The 2010 team broke the school record for home runs with 64.
Vilela played ball at Pratt Community College in Pratt, Kansas earning all-conference honors before transferring to Pittsburg State University. During his stay at PSU he was named team captain as a junior and senior.
After completion of college he went on to work various camps and showcases all over the country including the University of Notre Dame, University of Arkansas, and Mickey Owen Baseball School. He has spoken at many clinics including those at Mickey Owen Winter Clinics and the Kansas High School Baseball Coaches Association.
Vilela started out as a high school baseball coach for 10 years. He has served as head coach at Climax Springs and led Cougars to a school record in wins and a second place finish in the district tournament. He has also been a head coach at Columbus High School in Columbus Kansas. During his tenure, the Titans broke the single season totals for wins. They also upset the number #1 seed in the state regional two years in a row.
Vilela then spent three years at Labette Community College in Parsons, Kansas. His primary jobs were working with the hitters and catchers. He also was involved with recruiting. He has spent many summers coaching baseball and traveled to New Jersey to coach in the ACCBL. After his summer in New Jersey he became the assistant coach of the Joplin Slashers, a collegiate summer team out of the Jayhawk League. After two years as assistant for the Slashers he went on to be the head coach for the next two years.
Vilela has also been an associate scout with the Boston Red Sox and has had 50 former players that have been drafted or went on to play professional baseball.