Kevin Mulvey, assistant coach to Joe Godri at Villanova and a former big leaguer best known for being part of the Mets’ trade for Johan Santana, was promoted Thursday to head coach, replacing Godri, whose contract was not renewed last month.
Mulvey, 31, is a Villanova graduate, and returned to the school for the 2013 season to begin his coaching career. He has served as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator throughout his tenure with the Wildcats.
Athletic director Mark Jackson said in a statement he is excited for Mulvey to take over the program.
“His knowledge and experience at all levels of baseball, his respect and concern for our student-athletes, and his vision for the program stood out amongst a pool of highly qualified candidates,” he said. “Above all, as a Villanovan, Kevin understands the University’s mission and culture, which will be the foundation of his leadership.”
During his playing career at Villanova, Mulvey went 14-16, 4.46 with 222 strikeouts in 244 innings. The righthander was drafted 62nd overall by the Mets in 2006. He was a part of the package the Mets traded to the Twins in 2008 in exchange for Santana. He made his major league debut the next year and ultimately made 10 appearances for the Twins and Diamondbacks from 2009-2010.
Mulvey’s playing career ended after the 2012 season, and he immediately began his coaching career. He helped guide the Wildcats to a 4.14 team ERA in 2015, their lowest team ERA in 20 years.
Villanova went 20-32 this spring, including a 5-13 mark in Big East Conference play. The Wildcats last made the NCAA tournament in 1991.
|2016 COACHING CHANGES|
|Alabama||Mitch Gaspard||Greg Goff|
|Alabama State||Mervyl Melendez||Jose Vazquez|
|Appalachian State||Billy Jones|
|Army||Matt Reid||Jim Foster|
|Butler||Steve Farley||Dave Schrage|
|Central Florida||Terry Rooney||Greg Lovelady|
|Florida International||Turtle Thomas||Mervyl Melendez|
|Furman||Ron Smith||Brett Harker|
|Jacksonville||Tim Montez||Chris Hayes|
|Kentucky||Gary Henderson||Nick Mingione|
|Lamar||Jim Gilligan (ret.)||Will Davis|
|Louisiana Tech||Greg Goff||Lane Burroughs|
|Missouri||Tim Jamieson||Steve Bieser|
|Northwestern State||Lane Burroughs||Bobby Barbier|
|Oakland||John Musachio||Jacke Heale, Colin Kaline|
|Purdue||Doug Schreiber||Mark Wasikowski|
|San Jose State||Dave Nakama||Jason Hawkins|
|South Dakota State||Dave Schrage|
|SIU-Edwardsville||Tony Stoecklin||Sean Lyons|
|Southeast Missouri State||Steve Bieser|
|Texas||Augie Garrido||David Pierce|
|Villanova||Joe Godri||Kevin Mulvey|
|Wright State||Greg Lovelady||Jeff Mercer|
|Youngstown State||Steve Gillispie||Dan Bertolini|