Kevin Mulvey begins his third season as the Villanova pitching coach in 2015 and will also be in his first season as the coordinator of the programâ?TMs national recruiting efforts. As the Wildcats lead assistant coach, Mulvey is heavily involved in all aspects of the program at his alma mater. He is a former Villanova standout and a top draft pick who went on to pitch in the major leagues before returning to campus to join the coaching staff.
In his two seasons as pitching coach, Mulvey has continued the Wildcats reputation of developing a successful collegiate pitching staff and preparing the teamâ?TMs student-athletes for professional careers. His tutelage has been particularly instrumental with a young Villanova team that has made steady progress over the past two years. In 2014, the pitching staff lowered its ERA by more than a quarter of a run and increased its strikeout rate from the 2013 season.
Following the 2014 campaign, right-handed pitcher JB Kole was chosen in the eighth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. It was the second straight year that the Wildcats had a high draft pick, as right-hander Pat Young was a 13th round pick of the San Francisco Giants in 2013 after leading the Villanova staff with 14 games started and 76 strikeouts.
The future looks just as bright for the Wildcats pitchers as recent seasons have been. In the past two seasons, veterans such as Josh Harris, Chris Haggarty and Max Almonte have developed into the leaders of the pitching staff, while freshman left-hander Hunter Schryver led the staff in ERA last season.
Mulvey pitched three years for Villanova and at the end of his junior season was the top draft pick of the New York Mets in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. A second round selection and the 62nd overall pick in the 2006 draft, Mulvey became the first Wildcats player ever selected with a major league teamâ?TMs first pick.
In parts of seven seasons playing in the professional ranks Mulvey spent time in the organizations of the Mets, Minnesota Twins and Arizona Diamondbacks. He reached the Major Leagues with both the Twins and Diamondbacks, logging 10 appearances and starting four games. In the minor leagues Mulvey pitched in 143 games with 130 starts and won 35 games while pitching more than 750 innings and striking out 547 batters.
During his first full season of professional ball in 2007, Mulvey was named a midseason All-Star in the Double-A Eastern League and was also selected to pitch in the Futures Game which takes place during Major League Baseballâ?TMs All-Star Weekend. He wound up being a 12-game winner for the Binghamton Mets in 2007 and at the end of the year made his Triple-A debut with six scoreless innings of two-hit ball.
Mulvey became one of the most distinguished pitchers to wear a Villanova uniform and was a two-time All-BIG EAST selection. As a sophomore he threw the eighth no-hitter in school history and he finished his collegiate career with 222 strikeouts, the most ever in a three-year span in program history. Mulvey ranks third overall among the Wildcats all-time strikeout leaders and is also 10th in innings pitched (244.0).