Nick Mingione by the Numbers
49 Players Selected In the MLB Draft
32 All-American Honors
31 All-Conference Honors
12 Years as a college baseball coach (11 Seasons)
7 Regionals (2003-06, 2011-13)
7 Nationally-Ranked Recruiting Classes (2006-07, 2009-13)
4 College World Series (2003-05, 2013)
4 Conference Championships (2003-06, 2012)
3 Conference Players of the Year Coached (2004-06)
2 National Championship Finalists (2005, 2013)
Averaging almost four players drafted in Major League Baseball for every year coached in college baseball, perhaps no other assistant on the collegiate level has more proven success at player development than Nick Mingione, who has been a part of the Mississippi State baseball family since June 2008. Having completed his fifth season in Starkville and 12th total as an assistant coach in 2013, the current Diamond Dawg assistant has worked with 49 MLB Draft picks, coached 32 All-American Honors and developed three conference players of the year.
Along with setting MSU’s outfielders, first basemen and hitters up to have success at the next level professionally, Mingione is a proven winner. Lucky number seven has been State’s third base coach’s calling card, having appeared in seven regionals, won seven overall championships and overseen seven nationally-ranked recruiting classes (in the last eight years no less).
Mingione has won five conference championships, coached in four College World Series and has been a national championship finalist twice, the latest of which came in 2013 as the Bulldogs wrapped up the best season by any sport in the history of Mississippi State athletics.
Mingione’s star pupil in 2013 was right fielder Hunter Renfroe, who earned All-American honors and was chosen 13th overall by the San Diego Padres in this past June’s MLB Draft. Renfroe’s $2.7 million signing bonus was the largest ever given to a prospect from Mississippi. Additionally, MSU’s four players chosen in the top 10 rounds were the most in 28 years, while the four All-Americans were the most in school history.
In 2012, the Bulldogs captured their seventh SEC Tournament Championship as the team advanced to the NCAA Tallahassee Regional. The year before, Mingione helped coach the Diamond Dawgs to the NCAA Atlanta Regional championship, falling eight outs shy of the College World Series.
Before arriving in Starkville, Mingione was an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator on Head Coach Bobby Moranda's baseball staff at Western Carolina. As the hitting coach, Mingione helped direct a Catamount team that earned top-40 national ranking among 286 NCAA Division I programs in 11 different offensive categories. Showing his skills at developing players, eight players coached by Mingione in 2008 eventually were drafted in the MLB Draft.
In his first stint with MSU skipper John Cohen, Mingione served as a volunteer assistant coach at Kentucky. Despite winning 36 SEC games total in the five seasons before his arrival, the Wildcats won 33 SEC games in just two seasons with Mingione in Lexington. The Wildcats went from worst to first in his first year, going from 29-27 (7-22 SEC) in 2005 to 44-17 (20-10 SEC) in 2006. The season culminated in the school’s first SEC championship, giving UK its most successful campaign in the 100-plus year history of the program.
As a result, the school hosted a NCAA Regional for the first time and made an appearance in the postseason for the first time in 13 years. In all, Mingione was part of a coaching staff with Cohen that helped set or reestablish 12 school records, including single-season wins.
Working extensively with the UK outfielding corps and with Wildcat hitters for two seasons, Mingione coached four eventual All-Americans and six All-South Region players. One of those All-Americans was Ryan Strieby, who was named SEC Player of the Year, marking the third-straight season Mingione had worked with a conference player of the year.
Off the field, Mingione mentored 2006 Academic All-American and current Los Angeles Angels’ star Collin Cowgill, as UK had 27 players selected to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in the two seasons the Tarrytown, N.Y., native was in Lexington.
Mingione’s SEC debut was preceded by the same amount of success he experienced as an assistant coach from 2003-05 at his alma mater, Embry-Riddle. In three years as an assistant, the Eagles went 154-36 overall (.811), won the Florida Sun Conference championship each season and went to the NAIA World Series every year, finishing as a national finalist in 2005.
In three years as an assistant in Daytona Beach, Fla., the Eagles boasted 17 all-region Honors, 20 all-conference honors and two conference players of the year. Off the field, ERU registered a school-record five NAIA All-American Scholar-Athletes in 2004.
Under Mingione’s watch, the Eagles’ defense excelled. After not having a fielding percentage above .960 in the first 11 years of the program, ERU recorded fielding percentages of .964 in Mingione’s first year (fourth all-time), .966 in 2004 (second) and a still school-record .970 in 2005. Thanks to the defense, the Eagles set a single-season school record with 53 total wins in both the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
As a volunteer assistant at Florida Gulf Coast in 2002, Mingione helped build the foundation of the program before its debut in 2003, recruiting such players as Justin Stiver and Jason Louwsma. Stiver went on to become the first student-athlete from FGCU to get drafted by a major professional sports league, being taken by the Houston Astros in the 2006 MLB Draft. With Mingione having a keen eye for talent early on, Louwsma also went on to be drafted in the 2006 draft.
Mingione grew up in the Sunshine State and played high school baseball for Head Coach Scott Jones at Mariner High School in Cape Coral, Fla., before playing collegiately at Embry-Riddle in Daytona Beach for Greg and Todd Gulliams.
He earned a bachelor's degree in aerospace studies with a triple minor in business, psychology and humanities in 2000. Upon graduation, Mingione started his coaching career in 2001 as an assistant coach for his high school alma mater.
Mingione, is married to the former Christen Reeves.