Mingione moving on to Kentucky
Two days removed from the conclusion of Mississippi State’s season, assistant coach Nick Mingione is on the move.
Mingione was named the next head coach at Kentucky on Monday. He was also an assistant under John Cohen with the Wildcats from 2006-07.
“It’s been a privilege to watch Nick develop as a person and a coach for a decade,” Cohen said. “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.”
Mingione had been on the Bulldogs’ staff as both an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator since Cohen’s arrival in June 2008. He also had stops at Western Carolina, Florida Gulf Coast and his alma maters Embry-Riddle and Mariner (Fla.) High School.
It is Mingione’s first head coaching opportunity. He replaces another former Cohen assistant, Gary Henderson, who resigned as UK head coach on June 1.
Mingione is the third MSU assistant Cohen has lost to take a head coaching job joining Lane Burroughs (Northwestern State) and Butch Thompson (Auburn).
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