Coach Nick Mingione was joined by Evan White and Riley Mahan on the podium following today’s 6-2 loss. Here are several notes from the tough press conference following the season’s end.
This season was important on and off the field- Coach Mingione automatically went back to his adage of “student, person, player” in today’s press conference. “We told them we were going to hold them accountable for every move they make, and when you do that, it starts in the classroom,” Mingione said. “Then, the decisions they make off the field and how they’re going to practice and approach each day.” Mingione stayed on the theme of family and relationships throughout the postgame.
This team had a huge effect on Mingione and his family- Coach Mingione made sure that he created a family environment from the moment he got to campus. He wanted all the players, coaches, families, and staff to be a unit. Mingione said in his opening statement “They probably think that myself and our coaches changed their lives, but more importantly, I promise they changed my wife and my son’s lives the way they have touched our coaches.” Mingione got choked up in the postgame talking about the effect this team had.
Nick Mingione on the impact his players had on him in Year 1. pic.twitter.com/CCfh1PA1oz
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Kentucky did things that this program had never seen- “We knew from day one we were going to do things that had never been done,” Mahan said. This UK team went to the first Super Regional in school history, had the SEC Coach of the Year and Pitcher of the Year, and put the program in the national eye. Less than a year after being hired, Mingione took this team to new heights. Normally, it takes several years to put a team into the top ten nationally. Mingione did it in 362 days.