Nick Mingione, Kentucky Wildcats

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Nick Mingione is in his first season as head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats baseball program. He was named head coach of the Southeastern Conference program last year after spending the past eight seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator under head coach John Cohen at Mississippi State. In 2006 and 2007, Mingione was an assistant coach under Cohen at Kentucky, and in their first year together they helped guide the Wildcats to their lone conference championship to date.

At the midway point of the 2017 season, Mingione guided the Wildcats to a 22-11 record overall and an 8-4 mark in the Southeastern Conference. Kentucky also ranked 10th in the nation in RPI, which is the highest of any team in the SEC.

Born in Tarrytown, New York, Mingione grew up in Florida. After graduating from Mariner High School, he attended Embry-Riddle University, where he graduated with a degree in aerospace studies and was a triple major in business, psychology and humanities. His first coaching job came at Mariner High before he spent three years as an assistant at Embry-Riddle. The Eagles appeared in the NAIA College World Series in each of his three seasons as an assistant, culminating in a runner-up finish in 2005. He also coached at Florida Gulf Coast in 2002 and helped lay the foundation for the program leading up to its inaugural season a year later and also spent a year coaching at Western Carolina.

Away from coaching, Mingione travels often for both speaking engagements and mission trips. In 2013, he and six current and former members of the Mississippi State baseball program helped build houses and run baseball clinics for youth on the Bahamian island of Eleuthera. When he returned stateside, he was inducted into the “Be The Best You Are” Baseball Clinic Speaker Hall of Fame. Other past inductees include Ted Williams (2002), Ron Polk (2003), Leo Mazzone (2006) and Cohen (2008).

 

About the author, Bill

Bill Ballew has been involved with collegiate and professional baseball since 1983. He has been the Atlanta correspondent for Baseball America since 1991 and has served as the editorial content manager for Baseball The Magazine for more than five years. He is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).