Fresh off a super regional appearance, Nick Mingione received news that he would have to find someone to replace assistant Will Coggins. Coggins accepted a role at Georgia under newly hired Wes Johnson, the former pitching coach at LSU. Mingione moved quickly and hired former Kentucky baseball star Austin Cousino as the new recruiting director and assistant coach.
Austin Cousino has made his rounds since ending his playing career and has been all over the east coast. He has spent time at Mississippi State, Xavier, Detroit Tigers, and most recently a scout for the Tampa Bay Rays. The way Mingione speaks about him tells you all you need to know about him. "His baseball acumen and wealth of knowledge about all aspects of the game, coupled with his ability to connect with student-athletes, will be an invaluable tool for current and future Wildcats,” Mingione said.
Cousino played at UK from 2012-2014 and is arguably one of the best players to ever come out of the program. He was a SEC All-Freshman selection, SEC All-Defensive Team selection, 2-time Gold Glove winner, and a 3-time All-SEC selection. Quite the resume as a player but he has been well respected at every stop during his coaching and scouting career. "Returning to Lexington is a dream come true and I can't wait to help the program take the next step," Cousino said during a recent press release.
Kentucky is looking to build off a spectacular season and has done so in hiring Adam Cousino. The program will need him to settle in and get to work in the transfer portal as they look to add some quality pieces to an already solid roster. The momentum is building for the baseball program and this is only the beginning. The next door to kick down? Getting to Omaha.