2017 Kentucky Baseball Camps
Nick Mingione - who spent the last eight seasons as an assistant to John Cohen at Mississippi State - was named Kentucky’s head coach on June 14, 2016.“Nick Mingione is exactly the kind of coach we hoped to hire when we began our search,” Kentucky Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart said. “His passion, tactical mind and tireless recruiting efforts made him an important part of Mississippi State’s staff during some great years for the program. More than that, he is a man of substance who is committed not only to developing young men as baseball players, but as students and people. We are excited to welcome Nick, his wife, Christen, and son, Reeves, to the UK Athletics family.”
Mingione takes over the Kentucky program after serving as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator under Cohen at Mississippi State starting before the 2009 season. Working with the team’s outfielders, first baseman and hitters, Mingione helped lead the Bulldogs to an incredible run of success, including the program’s first Southeastern Conference regular-season championship since 1989 in 2016, a runner-up finish in the College World Series in 2013 and an SEC Tournament championship in 2012.
“This is an opportunity I’ve dreamed about for more than a decade,” Mingione said. “From the moment I first stepped foot on campus I knew it would be a place I could call home. What an incredible feeling to be back. Kentucky is a special place and this baseball program has had great moments over the years, including some that I have been a part of. I can’t wait to get to work on building toward an even brighter future.”
Prior to his time at Mississippi State, Mingione spent two seasons at UK as an assistant under Cohen in 2006-07. UK won 33 SEC games in thosetwo seasons, including in 2006 when UK claimed its first and only SEC championship. After the historic regular season, the Wildcats hosted an NCAA Regional for the first time. Mingione worked extensively at UK with the likes of All-American Sawyer Carroll, Sean Coughlin, Collin Cowgill and Ryan Streiby, as well as second-team All-SEC infielder John Shelby III.
Mingione has a sterling reputation as a recruiter. Over the nine seasons at Kentucky and Mississippi State for which recruiting rankings are final, he has helped land classes with an average ranking of 14th, including top-three classes in 2013-15. He also has an unmatched track record of player development, coaching 64 players selected in the MLB Draft, as well as 36 All-Americans and five conference players of the year.
Before joining Cohen at MSU, Mingione spent a season at Western Carolina as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. There, Mingione helped lead the Catamounts to top-40 national rankings in 11 different offensive categories.
Prior to his time at Kentucky, Mingione spent three years as an assistant coach at Embry-Riddle University, his alma mater. The Eagles appeared in the NAIA College World Series in each of those seasons, culminating in a runner-up finish in 2005. Mingione also coached at Florida Gulf Coast in 2002, helping lay the foundation for the program before its inaugural season in 2003. He began his coaching career in 2001 at Mariner High School, his alma mater.
WILDCATS YOUTH BASEBALL SCHOOL
YOUTH - GRADES 1-8
Offers the young players the opportunity to improve their baseball skills in a fun and positive learning atmosphere. Includes baseball fundamentals, drill work specifically designed to improve skills, and simulated game situations. Every camper is videotaped to ensure the highest quality hitting and throwing analysis by our staff.
Session 1: Monday, June 19 — Thursday, June 22 (9 am - 3 pm)
Session 2: Monday, June 26 — Thursday, June 29 (9 am - 3 pm)
Session 3: Monday, July 10 — Thursday, July 13 (9 am - 3 pm)
Session 4: Monday, July 17 — Thursday, July 20 (9 am - 3 pm)
Half-day camp: 9 am to Noon - $185
Full-day camp: 9 am to 3 pm - $275
WILDCATS HIGH SCHOOL HITTING CAMP
HIGH SCHOOL - GRADES 9-12
This intense hitting camp will provide the high school player with superior instruction on all facets of hitting, including mechanics, drills and various presentations. Every camper is videotaped to ensure the highest quality hitting analysis by our staff.
Monday, July 3 — 9 am to 3 pm - $135
WILDCAT LABOR DAY PROSPECT CAMP
HIGH SCHOOL - GRADES 9-12
The Prospect Camp combines instruction and competition while offering the high school player an opportunity to receive expert instruction from the University of Kentucky Baseball Coaching Staff as well as select visiting college coaches. Campers will be grouped by position and will have the opportunity to work out at their positions. The UK staff will also include various presentations concerning the recruiting process, strength and conditioning, etc. and all sessions are on the UK Baseball facilities.
Sunday, September 3 (9 am - 3 pm)
HOW TO REGISTER
Our camps fill up quickly and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please complete application as soon as possible. Online registration is recommended.
ONLINE: Register online at www.ukathletics.com/camps. Full payments or $50 deposit per camp, by credit card, are accepted for online registration. Online registration will remain open until the start of camp or until all spots are full. Sibling/Multi-camp discounts will be applied at cart checkout. Please ensure you register for all desired camp sessions prior to submitting payment.
Medical forms may be uploaded on your registration page, however you can still fax them to 859-323-4754.
IN PERSON: In the event that space is available, walk-up registrants will be accepted. A $10 late fee will apply for walk-up registration. Cash or personal or cashiers/certified checks only. Please call 859.257.8052 for information on walk-up registration.
A $50 non-refundable deposit per camp must accompany each application.
Camp fee includes camp t-shirt and lunch. Note: campers attending more than one session will receive one t-shirt.