LEXINGTON, Ky. — It didn’t take long for Nick Mingione to make an impact at Kentucky. In his first season as Wildcats baseball coach, Mingione was named SEC Coach of the Year by his peers, the conference announced Monday.
Mingione guided Kentucky to a 38-18 record and a 19-11 mark in the SEC. The Wildcats earned the No. 3 seed in the upcoming SEC Tournament after being picked in the bottom half of the conference by coaches in the preseason.
At No. 8, in the NCAA rankings, the Wildcats will be a regional host and could be in the mix for one of eight national seeds.
Mingione was once an assistant at Kentucky under coach John Cohen, but he spent the past eight seasons as an assistant at Mississippi State. His 38 wins in his first season at Kentucky were nine more than the 29 Keith Madison had in his first year in 1979. Kentucky’s 19 SEC wins were the second-most in school history.