Mississippi State baseball hires Gary Henderson, promotes Will Coggin

WJTV – Mississippi State baseball has officially found its replacements for former pitching coach Wesley Johnson and former recruiting coordinator Nick Mingione.

On Saturday, the school announced former Kentucky head coach Gary Henderson would be the new Bulldog pitching coach while former MSU baseball camp coordinator Will Coggin would be promoted to assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.

“We are excited to have Gary join the Bulldog family and are thrilled to have Will as an assistant coach,” Mississippi State head coach John Cohen said in a release. “Gary’s resume speaks for itself in what he has accomplished from developing Major League arms to his success in the Southeastern Conference. The staff we have assembled will be tremendous in developing our players and will help us continue our quest of winning championships.”

Henderson had spent the past eight seasons as the head coach at Kentucky before resigning and being replaced by Mingione. He was the SEC Coach of the Year in 2012 and led the Wildcats to five straight 30-win seasons for the first time in program history. Under Henderson, Kentucky set the program record for wins three separate times. The former Kentucky head coach is the fastest to reach 200 wins in Wildcat history.

Cohen is familiar with Henderson, as they coached together when Cohen led the Wildcats to the program’s only SEC title in 2006. They were in Lexington for five years together in the same roles they will be in for Mississippi State.

“It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to be a part of such a storied program like Mississippi State,” Henderson said in a release. “John’s teams have always been synonymous with success and outstanding competitive spirit.”

Since 2012, Henderson has coached seven pitchers who have gone on to pitch in the major leagues, which is the most in the SEC. He also was the pitching coach on the USA Collegiate National Team during the summer of 2015. Henderson has also coached at Oregon State and Florida as a pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs stayed in-house by promoting Coggin to assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Coggin will enter his second season in Starkville next year. During his first year, he served as the program’s coordinator for baseball camps and as a voluntary assistant coach.

A former Bulldog player from 2007-2008, Coggin helped current ones in his first year with their hitting. He helped oversee a MSU offense that improved in doubles, hits, batting average. on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and home runs.

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