UK head baseball coach (and KSR radio personality) Nick Mingione has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Kentucky through the end of the 2022 season, Mitch Barnhart announced on Friday.
“The progress our program has made in one year under Nick’s leadership is outstanding,” Barnhart said in the release. “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.”
The 2017 SEC Coach of the Year and Perfect Game/Rawlings National Coach of the Year, Mingione led the Cats to the school’s first ever trip to the Super Regionals this past season, his first in Lexington. UK won 43 games overall in 2017 and 19 in SEC play — the second most in school history — after being picked in the bottom half of the league in the preseason. Those 43 wins are also the most for a first-year UK head coach.
The new deal adds one year to Mingione’s current contract, which he originally signed last summer when he was hired. His total base compensation (base salary plus broadcasting and endorsements) will be $575,000 ($400,000 in base salary plus $175,000 in broadcasting and endorsements) for each of the next five years. That represents an increase of $150,000 for 2017-18, $100,000 for 2018-19, and $50,000 for 2019-20 and no increase for 2020-21.
“I’m very appreciative of the commitment Mitch Barnhart, President Capilouto and the University of Kentucky have shown to our baseball program,” Mingione said. “My wife and I love Lexington and could not be more excited about being a part of this university and community. I’m also thrilled the rest of the coaching staff is being rewarded for their remarkable efforts in our first season here.”