By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky baseball coach Nick Mingione has made UK baseball exciting for fans and players. He never seems to have a down day or bad moment.
“He is just full of energy and loves coming to the yard every day hanging out with us,” senior catcher/first baseman Troy Squires said. “He loves each and every one of us like his own and treats us all like that, including his coaching staff. That goes a long way. It’s a family atmosphere and you enjoy playing hard for him.”
Does he ever have a down day?
“I don’t think so. I can’t think back to one,” Squires said. “There are no bad days with him and that’s one thing he tries to preach to us. There’s never going to be a day that’s worse than somebody else’s. Just come in thankful you are playing baseball at the University of Kentucky and in the SEC. You are not going to have a bad day.”
Mingione prides himself on inspirational sayings that he shares with players and others.
“It’s not the same every day. He has something different every day. We have a quote he sends out to us every day before practice and it is always different. It motivates us for sure,” Squires said.