Nick Mingione, from Cape Coral, Fla., renews a coaching affiliation with the Mississippi State skipper after serving on the 2008 coaching staff at Western Carolina. He served for two seasons on Cohen's 2006 and 2007 baseball staffs at Kentucky. At UK he worked extensively with the UK outfielding corps and with the Wildcat hitters. During that span, Kentucky won 78 games, set or reestablished 12 team marks, and posted a school-best 44 wins en route to winning the 2006 SEC championship. He was recruiting coordinator and hitting coach for a Western Carolina team that in 2008 earned top 40 national ranking among 286 NCAA Division I programs in 11 different offensive categories.
He was a standout outfielder for four years at Embry-Riddle University in Daytona Beach, Fla., earning a bachelor's degree in aerospace studies and triple-minored in business, psychology and humanities in 2000. He then served two years as Assistant Dean of Students at Mariner High School in Cape Coral. Mingione returned to the collegiate scene as a volunteer assistant baseball coach at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Fla., before returning to his alma mater to serve a three-year term as an assistant coach from 2003 to 2005 prior to joining Cohen's staff at Kentucky.
During six seasons as an assistant coach, Mingione has helped direct teams to four conference titles and three advancements to the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho, including the 2005 Embry-Riddle team that finished second nationally.
Mingione, 29, is a native of Tarrytown, N.Y.