Johnson leaving MSU for Arkansas

Wes Johnson

Wes Johnson

John Cohen will now have two coaching vacancies to fill on his staff at Mississippi State.

Assistant coach Nick Mingione left Monday to become the head coach at Kentucky and pitching coach Wes Johnson departed Wednesday to take the same position at Arkansas, according to a source.

Johnson leaves the Bulldogs after one season having been hired in October to replace Butch Thompson. The Razorbacks are expected to officially announce the Sherwood, Arkansas native’s hire on Thursday.

Johnson guided MSU’s pitching staff to a 3.35 earned run average with 576 strikeouts and 208 walks over 567 innings in 2016. Opponents hit .245 against them and all 17 pitchers threw 90 miles per hour or higher this spring.

Six of Johnson’s pitchers from this past season were selected in last week’s MLB Draft with Dakota Hudson going in the first round.

Prior to his stint at State, Johnson also coached at Dallas Baptist, Central Arkansas (twice), Southern Arkansas as well as three Arkansas high schools.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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