As head coach, Mulvey will direct all aspects of the Wildcats program and will continue to serve as the pitching coach. He will be in his fifth year in that role in 2017. Mulvey is just the fifth head coach of the Villanova baseball program in the last 68 years, and he is in a unique position to take over the reins of one of the oldest programs in collegiate sports. The baseball team celebrated its 150th anniversary during the spring of 2016 and Mulvey has been a part of that history as a student-athlete, alum, assistant coach and now the head coach.
He pitched parts of seven seasons in the professional ranks and returned to campus in 2013 to begin his coaching career. In addition to his four years as an assistant coach, Mulvey coordinated the program's nationwide recruiting efforts for the past two seasons and oversaw the academic progress of the Wildcats student-athletes as the coaching staff's liaison to the Office of Academic Support.
Mulvey has helped to maintain Villanova's long-standing reputation as a program that develops successful student-athletes both on and off the field. The baseball team had a grade-point average of 3.007 for the 2015-16 academic year and the program's multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 982 ranked well above the national average within the sport, including a perfect 1000 score for the 2014-15 academic year. On an individual level, pitcher Kagan Richardson was named to the Philadelphia Big 5 All-Academic Team for the second straight year in 2016 and 23 baseball student-athletes were named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team.
The baseball team's recruiting efforts in recent seasons struck a successful balance between keeping top local talent in-state while also attracting high-profile players from around the country. Last year's roster featured 19 players from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and New York, with 10 states in all represented on the roster.
On the field, Mulvey has worked with a number of high-profile pitchers. One of them is left-hander Hunter Schryver, who as a junior in 2016 became the first Villanova pitcher since 1998 to be a first team All-BIG EAST selection. Schryver finished the 2016 campaign with a 2.64 ERA in 88 2/3 innings, and posted the lowest ERA by a Wildcats starting pitcher since 2000.
A Villanova pitcher ascended to the professional ranks in each of Mulvey's first four years as the program's pitching coach. The most recent to join the group of professional pitchers is Woody Bryson, who was signed by the New York Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in June 2016. Mulvey previously mentored a trio of pitchers who were chosen in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, including Pat Young (2013, 13th round); JB Kole (2014, 8th round); and Max Almonte (2015, 16th round).
In 2015 the Wildcats had a staff ERA of 4.14, which was nearly a full run lower than the previous season and was the lowest team ERA overall in the past 20 years. One of the top performers on the 2015 staff was right-hander Chris Haggarty, who saved nine games and held opponents to a .194 batting average. A former walk-on to the baseball team, Haggarty finished his collegiate career ranked second in program history with 80 career appearances. He also ranked seventh in school history with 11 career saves and eighth among pitchers with at least 100.0 career innings with a 3.78 ERA.
Villanova's 2014 pitching staff lowered its ERA by more than a quarter of a run from the previous year and had a number of noteworthy individual performances. Left-handed pitcher Matt Meurer was a second team All-BIG EAST selection after making 28 appearances and recording nine saves with a 1.21 ERA in 44 2/3 innings.
Mulvey pitched for the Wildcats for three seasons (2004-06) and registered the most strikeouts (222) in a three-year span in school history. He also threw the eighth no-hitter in school history as a sophomore in 2005. Following his junior season, he was selected by the New York Mets in the second round with the 62nd overall pick in the 2006 MLB Draft. He became the first Villanova player ever to be selected with a team's top draft pick.
Mulvey pitched professionally in the organizations of the Mets, the Minnesota Twins and the Arizona Diamondbacks. He pitched in the major leagues for both Minnesota and Arizona, logging 10 appearances and starting four games. In the minor leagues, Mulvey appeared in 143 games with 130 starts and tallied 35 victories 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 and his wife, Athena, make their home in King of Prussia, Pa.