2016 Kentucky Baseball High School Camps

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Head Coach Nick Mingione

Nick Mingione – who spent the last eight seasons as an assistant to John Cohen at Mississippi State – has been named Kentucky baseball head coach, Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart announced in June.

Mingione takes over the Kentucky program after serving as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator under Cohen at Mississippi State starting before the 2009 season. Working with the team’s outfielders, first basemen and hitters, Mingione helped lead MSU to an incredible run of success, including 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.

Prior to his time at Mississippi State, Mingione spent two seasons at UK as an assistant under Cohen in 2006-07. UK won 33 SEC games in those two seasons, including in 2006 when UK claimed its first SEC championship. After the historic regular season, the Wildcats hosted an NCAA Regional for the first time. Mingione worked extensively at UK with the likes of Collin Cowgill and John Shelby III.

Mingione has a sterling reputation as a recruiter. Over the nine seasons at Kentucky and Mississippi State for which recruiting rankings are final, he has helped land classes with an average ranking of 14th, including top-three classes in 2013-15. He also has an unmatched track record of player development, coaching 64 players selected in the MLB Draft, as well as 36 All-Americans and five conference players of the year.

Before rejoining Cohen at MSU, Mingione spent a season at Western Carolina as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. There, Mingione helped lead the Catamounts to top-40 national ranking among in 11 different offensive categories.

Prior to his time at Kentucky, Mingione spent three years as an assistant coach at Embry-Riddle University, his alma mater. The Eagles appeared in the NAIA College World Series in each of those seasons, culminating in a runner-up finish in 2005. Mingione also coached at Florida Gulf Coast in 2002, helping lay the foundation for the program before its inaugural season in 2003. He began his coaching career in 2001 at Mariner High School, his alma mater.

Mingione – born in Tarrytown, N.Y., before growing up in Florida – graduated from Embry-Riddle in 2000 with a degree in aerospace studies, as well as a triple minor in business, psychology and humanities. He was also a four-year letterman on the school’s baseball team.

Away from coaching, Mingione travels often for both speaking engagements and mission trips. In 2013, he and six current and former members of the MSU program helped build houses and run baseball clinics for youth on the Bahamian island of Eleuthera. When he returned stateside, he was inducted into the “Be The Best You Are” Baseball Clinic Speaker Hall of Fame. Other past inductees include Ted Williams (2002), Ron Polk (2003), Leo Mazzone (2006) and Cohen (2008).

Mingione is married to the former Christen Reeves. The couple has one son, Reeves.

Labor Day High School Prospect Camp – Grades 9-12

The Prospect Camp combines instruction and competition while offering the high school player an opportunity to receive expert instruction from the University of Kentucky Baseball Coaching Staff as well as select visiting college coaches. Campers will be grouped by position and will have the opportunity to work out at their positions. The UK staff will also include various presentations concerning the recruiting process, strength and conditioning, etc. and all sessions are on the UK Baseball facilities.

Sunday, September 4 (9 am - 3 pm)

9 am to 3 pm - $189


Our camps fill up quickly and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration may be completed by mail or online.

MAIL: Complete the attached registration form, include check or money order for full amount or non-refundable deposit ($50) and mail no later than two weeks from the first day of camp to:

2016 University of Kentucky Wildcats Baseball School
Accounting Office, Joe Craft Center, 338 Lexington Ave., Lexington, KY 40506-0604

ONLINE: Register online at www.ukathletics.com/camps. Full payments or $50 deposit, by credit card is accepted for online registration. Online registration will be open through noon on the Friday before camp begins.

IN PERSON: In the event that space is available, walk-up registrants will be accepted. A $10 late fee will apply for walk-up registration. Cash or personal or cashiers/certified checks only.

A $50 non-refundable deposit per camp must accompany each application.

Camp fee includes camp t-shirt and lunch.