UK confirms hiring of Mississippi State's Nick Mingione as new head baseball coach

06/13/2016 03:30 PM

Former Mississippi State assistant baseball coach Nick Mingione has been named Kentucky’s head baseball coach, UK Athletics confirmed on Monday.

Mingione has spent the past eight seasons as an assistant to John Cohen in Starkville. In addition to his time under Cohen at MSU, Mingione also spent two seasons at UK in 2006-07 as Cohen’s assistant.

Working with MSU’s outfielders, first basemen and hitters, Mingione helped lead the team to the program’s first Southeastern Conference regular-season championship since 1989 this season, a runner-up finish in the College World Series in 2013 and an SEC Tournament championship in 2012.

“From the moment I first stepped foot on campus I knew it would be a place I could call home,” Mingione said. “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.”

A press conference to formally introduce Mingione is expected on Tuesday.

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