Kevin Mulvey is in his second season on the Villanova coaching staff in 2014. He is the Wildcats pitching coach and is heavily involved in all aspects of the program's operations. Mulvey is a former Villanova standout in his own right who returned to his alma mater following a successful professional career which included Major League stints with two different teams.
In his first season as the Wildcats pitching coach Mulvey helped mentor one of the most consistent weekend starting rotations of the past few years. Pat Young emerged as a top professional prospect much like Mulvey had in his playing days and was a 13th round draft pick of the San Francisco Giants after leading the Villanova staff with 14 games started and 76 strikeouts.
Josh Harris blossomed into the ace of the rotation as a sophomore and led the staff in wins, innings pitched and ERA. Senior Stephen Ostapeck also had his best season in a Wildcats uniform and compiled a 4.07 ERA while logging 79 2/3 innings over 12 starts. Ostapeck finished his collegiate career in style by tossing a complete game shutout at Georgetown during the final weekend of the season.
The pitching staff as a whole in 2013 lowered its walk total from the previous year and gave up just 11 home runs in 54 games, including just four home runs in 24 conference games.
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 team's 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 Baseball's 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).