After one of the best seasons in Kentucky baseball history, the Wildcats have signed coach Nick Mingione to an extension through the end of the 2022 season, the school announced.
“The progress our program has made in one year under Nick’s leadership is outstanding,” Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart said. “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.”
Kentucky won 43 games during the regular season, and 19 in SEC play, which was the second most in school history. The Wildcats hosted a regional and advanced to the Super Regionals before falling to Louisville. The 43 wins by Mingione are the most by a Kentucky baseball coach in their first season.
Mingione will make $ 575,000 per year and his new contract includes bonuses of $ 25,000 for an appearance in regionals, $ 100,000 for a Super Regionals appearance and $ 150,000 should the Wildcats advance to the College World Series.
Mingione was also named SEC Coach of the Year and the Perfect Game/Rawlings National Coach of the Year for his performance in 2017. Mingione’s two assistants, Jim Belanger and Roland Fanning, also signed extensions.
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