Associated press

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has hired former Mississippi State assistant Nick Mingione to replace Gary Henderson as the Wildcats' baseball coach.

It's the first head coaching job for Mingione, who worked with the Bulldogs under John Cohen for the past eight seasons and was his assistant at Kentucky in 2006-07.

His time in Starkville included a Southeastern Conference regular-season championship this spring, a runner-up finish in the 2013 College World Series and a 2012 SEC Tournament title.

Mingione has also been an assistant at Western Carolina; Embry-Riddle University, his alma mater; and Florida Gulf Coast. Henderson stepped down on June 1 after eight seasons at Kentucky.

Mingione said Monday in a news release that he has dreamed about the opportunity for more than a decade and called it “an incredible feeling” to return.

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