WJTV – For the second time in a year, a Mississippi State assistant baseball coach is becoming a head coach in the SEC.
On Monday, Kentucky hired away Bulldog recruiting coordinator and assistant coach Nick Mingione.
“This is an opportunity I’ve dreamed about for more than a decade,” Mingione said on the Kentucky athletics website. “From the moment I first stepped foot on campus I knew it would be a place I could call home. What an incredible feeling to be back. 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 had been at Mississippi State since 2009. He has prior experience at Kentucky, spending time there as an assistant in 2006-2007 under MSU head coach John Cohen when he was the head coach in Lexington.
“It’s been a privilege to watch Nick develop as a person and a coach for a decade,” Cohen said in a release.” “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 Southeastern Conference 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.”
The new head coach at Kentucky has a reputation as a stellar recruiter and developer. From 2013-2015, he helped the Bulldogs land top three recruiting classes. He’s coached 64 players that have been selected in the MLB Draft.
Mingione has also spent time at Western Carolina and Embry-Riddle University in his coaching career.
This now makes two Bulldog assistants to land SEC head coaching jobs in a year. Back in October, Auburn hired former MSU pitching coach Butch Thompson as its new head coach.