Nick Mingione Named Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year

Nick Mingione Named Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year

Nick Mingione is the Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year, the league announced Monday. It is the second time in his eight seasons as a head coach he has earned the award, as voted on by his fellow SEC head coaches.

Mingione also won both SEC and National Coach of the Year in 2017.

Mingione guided a Kentucky squad voted near the bottom of the SEC Eastern Division to a conference championship, just the second in school history, a span of 83 seasons playing SEC opponents. Mingione also was an assistant coach on the 2006 team that won the SEC title.

UK had a sensational 2024 regular season, piling up school and SEC records along the way. The Wildcats set a school record with 22 SEC victories and 11 SEC road victories. By virtue of a 9-1 start for the second straight league slate, UK became the first team in 32 years to accomplish that feat. UK’s 15-1 start to conference play also was the best in school history.

Kentucky’s rise to the top of the SEC play can be attributed, in part, to the statistical surge in conference games by the Wildcats. Kentucky led the league in SEC-only batting average, was third in SEC-only fielding percentage, and fifth in SEC-only ERA. Only one other school (Texas A&M) was top-five in all three major categories in conference competition this season. The Cats also led the league in OBP, runs scored, hits, RBI, doubles, sac bunts, sac flies, and stolen bases. Ryan Waldschmidt led the league in doubles and stolen bases in SEC play, and was also top-five in batting average, on-base percentage, runs scored, and hits. Ryan Nicholson provided major power for the Cats in SEC play, finding himself in the top-five for slugging percentage, home runs, and runs batted in.

UK will open SEC Tournament plat at 10:30 a.m. ET/9:30 local time on Wednesday, May 22 in Hoover, Alabama against the winner of LSU/Georgia.

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