Nick Mingione signs contract extension through 2022

09/08/2017 01:48 PM

Kentucky baseball head coach Nick Mingione has signed a contract extension that will keep him in Lexington through the end of the 2022 season, Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart announced on Friday.

“The progress our program has made in one year under Nick’s leadership is outstanding,” Barnhart said in a UK Athletics press release. “We are committed to making Kentucky baseball a consistent winner both in the Southeastern Conference and on a national level and he is the coach to make that happen. We are excited to have Nick and his family in Lexington for a long time.”

Mingione took Kentucky to new heights in his first year as head coach in 2016. He lead the Wildcats to their first-ever Super Regional appearance. Kentucky won 43 games overall, the most for a first-year head coach at Kentucky. UK’s 19 SEC wins are second most in school history.

Mingione is very excited to be staying put in Lexington.

“I’m very appreciative of the commitment Mitch Barnhart, President (Eli) Capilouto and the University of Kentucky have shown to our baseball program. My wife and I love Lexington and could not be more excited about being a part of this university and community. I’m also thrilled the rest of the coaching staff is being rewarded for their remarkable efforts in our first season here.”

The contract extension adds one year to Mingione’s contract. His base compensation, which is the base salary plus broadcasting and endorsements, will be $575,000 for each of the next five years. Mingione will receive an extra $25,000 each year Kentucky reaches the NCAA Tournament, $100,000 each year Kentucky reaches the Super Regionals, $150,000 when Kentucky reaches the College World Series and $200,000 if UK wins the national championship.

UK also signed assistants Jim Belanger and Roland Fanning to new two-year deals.

You can find more information on Mingione’s extension here.

Clayton Abernathy

Clayton is a Producer for Spectrum News. He graduated with a Journalism degree from the University of Kentucky and he lives and breathes UK Basketball, making him the perfect fit to produce KSTV. That’s Kentucky’s only nightly half-hour show dedicated solely to UK sports. You can watch it weeknights at 7:30 and 11 on Spectrum News. Follow Clayton on twitter @ClaySTV1 to stay updated on the latest UK Basketball and recruiting news or to follow his amateur competitive eating endeavors. He once ate thirteen cheese Coney hot dogs in one sitting…on his lunch break.

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