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Final Day At The Cliff Serves As A Reunion Of Coaches


Groundbreaking photo by UK Athletics

Kentucky is sending the Cliff out with a bang today. Six generations of UK Baseball coaches were honored prior to the final game at Cliff Hagan Stadium on Saturday. Nick Mingione, Gary Henderson, John Cohen, Keith Madison, Dick Parsons, and the son of Jordan Horn threw out first pitches before the Cats’ game against Mississippi State.

Mingione, Cohen, Madison, and Henderson all spent time in Starkville and Lexington as coaches at some level. Henderson and Mingione will face off today as head coaches with Cohen and Madison in attendance.

The UK and MSU coach and current MSU Athletic Director Cohen met with the media during batting practice today. He commended the job that his former assistant Nick Mingione has done at UK. “Nothing about Nick Mingione surprises me. I knew he was going to have success,” Cohen said. “He’s never met a stranger, he’s been able to recruit at the highest level since the moment I made him my recruiting coordinator.” Cohen also talked about walking through the new stadium and what it will do for the program moving forward.

“It will be an incredible boost because, for a long time when you had a recruit who was from the midwest and they stopped on the interstate to come see this program here, for young people, it’s not always about relationships, it’s not always about the teaching, it’s not always about the personnel and the team. Sometimes it’s bricks and mortar. They want to see exactly what it looks like.”

Before the team takes the field in their new home this fall, they will finish off the 2018 season in their home of 50 years. The BatCats take on MSU today at 3 ET on SEC Network.

Article written by Trey Huntsman

Keepin' fresh since '96. I couldn't play baseball, so I write about it to fill the void. Former Tampa Bay Rays Trackman and host of the KSR Baseball Podcast. Follow me on Twitter @TreyHuntsmanKSR.