Guilliams leaves UK baseball for Utah

‘Guill’ heads west to join former UK coach Gary Henderson
Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 12:29 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - In 2016, when Nick Mingione was hired as the new UK baseball coach, the first person he contacted to join the Wildcats was Todd Guilliams. Mingione had played for Guilliams at Embry-Riddle and ‘Guill’ was something of a mentor.

On Thursday, WKYT learned Guilliams is exiting UK and heading to Utah to be on the staff of the guy who preceded Mingione, Gary Henderson. Henderson was named the head baseball coach at Utah Wednesday.

Guilliams was a volunteer assistant and hitting coach with the Wildcats, but with Utah the volunteer will be dropped for his title. ‘Guill’ has had nothing but wild success as a hitting coach with UK and other stops. At Kentucky in 2018, UK led the SEC in home runs per game, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, scoring, doubles per game and sacrifice bunts, while ranking in the nation’s top 20 in five of those six categories - and top 10 in three. In 2017, the Cats registered the most hits in a single-season (706) in UK history and ranking near the top of the single-season charts in numerous other categories. The offense also ranked in the top 12 nationally in doubles (2nd), hits (4th), hit by pitches (4th), on-base percentage (7th), walks (10th), sacrifice bunts (10th), slugging percentage (11th) and batting average (12th).

Guilliams also had coaching stops at Western Carolina, Valdosta State, and played collegiately at EKU in the mid-to-late 1980′s.

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