BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Kentucky athletic director announced on Monday that Mississippi State assistant coach Nick Mingione is the new Wildcats head baseball coach.
Mingione also served as the Bulldogs recruiting coordinator and helped Mississippi State win the team's first SEC regular-season championship since 1989. He was also instrumental in helping head coach John Cohen's Bulldogs crack the 2013 College World Series finals losing to UCLA and the 2012 NCAA Tournament title.
Mingione and Cohen have been together for eight seasons with two of those years under Cohen at Kentucky from 2006-2007. During that span of time, Kentucky captured 33 SEC victories and won an SEC Tournament title.
Bulldogs head coach John Cohen said, "It's been a privilege to watch Nick develop as a person and a coach for a decade. He's a tireless recruiter who values relationships, and he's done an outstanding job developing our players. We are grateful for what he has helped us accomplish at Mississippi State, including a national runner-up finish at the 2013 College World Series and the 2016 SEC championship. I've always thought he would make a terrific head coach. Just like our former pitching coach Butch Thompson, I am glad Nick is getting an opportunity to become a head coach in the SEC."
In a press release, Mingione said, "Kentucky is a special place and this baseball program has had great moments over the years, including some that I have been a part of. I can't wait to get to work on building toward an even brighter future."
Mingione replaces Gary Henderson who resigned earlier this month after failing to crack the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons. The 2016 Wildcats were ousted in the first-round of the SEC Tournament, posted a 32-25 record and were 15 and 15 in SEC play.