Todd Guilliams has joined the Kentucky baseball staff, Coach Nick Mingione announced.
“Coach Guilliams has coached at the collegiate level for 28 seasons and has been a part of every facet of baseball — coaching catchers, infielders, outfielders, hitters and calling pitches,” Mingione said. “His overall wealth of knowledge will be invaluable.
“I’ve known Coach Guilliams since he began recruiting me in 1995. He’s a faithful man, a family man. He’s been a winner everywhere he’s been, he’s a developer of players and, even more important, a developer of men.”
Guilliams and Mingione first became associated at Embry-Riddle University, where Guilliams (pronounced “GWILL-iams,” rhymes with Williams) coached during Mingione’s playing days.
“When it comes to making this kind of decision, it’s all about where you work, who you work for and who you work with,” Guilliams said. “I’d heard about Mitch Barnhart, his character and how he runs the athletic department. Coach Mingione is a people person, a man of character. It’s exciting to be around him, he has a great positive attitude. When you put those together it couldn’t be a better place.”
Guilliams comes to Kentucky after one season at Western Carolina, where he was the hitting coach and ran the offense, in addition to coaching the catchers. In 2016, the WCU offense ranked in the nation’s top 25 teams in batting average (.304, 24th in the nation), runs scored (453 runs, 18th) and home runs (72 HR, 9th).
The Catamounts’ potent attack led the team to the Southern Conference Tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
All totaled, Guilliams has a 1,065-501 record (.680) in 28 years as a collegiate assistant coach. He has been a part of league championships at all five schools he coached — Eastern Kentucky (1989), Embry-Riddle (1995, ’96, ’99, 2002-06), Dallas Baptist (2000), Valdosta State (2008, ’10 and ’13) and Western Carolina (2016).
Guilliams began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Eastern Kentucky in 1989 and 1990 and as a volunteer assistant in 1991.
A 1988 graduate of Eastern Kentucky, Guilliams was an Ohio Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete. He was the Colonels’ team captain in 1988. He went on to earn his master’s degree in physical education in 1990.