Mark Kingston (baseball)
|Conference||American Athletic Conference|
May 16, 1970 |
Buffalo, New York
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
Illinois State (Asst.)
Miami (FL) (asst.)
Illinois State (Asst.)
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
MVC Coach of the Year: 2010, 2013
Mark Kingston (born May 16, 1970) is an American college baseball coach, currently serving as head coach of the South Florida Bulls baseball team. He was named to that position prior to start of the 2015 season.
Kingston played high school baseball at Potomac High School in Dumfries, Virginia where he was a Collegiate Baseball Top 50 recruit, and was drafted out of high school by the New York Yankees in the 35th round of the 1988 MLB Draft. Choosing instead to play college ball at North Carolina, he played four seasons, helping the team to an Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title and berth in the 1989 College World Series in his freshman year. He was drafted in the 45th round of the 1992 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. After playing rookie ball in the Brewers organization, he played four additional seasons in the Chicago Cubs organization, reaching Class-AA, and one season with the independent league Grays Harbor Gulls.
After ending his playing days, he earned a position as an assistant coach at Purdue. He earned the top assistant position after two seasons, and then served one year at Illinois State. He then served two seasons at Miami (FL), where he helped guide the team to the 2001 College World Series title, produced two All-Americans, and saw 18 players sign professional contracts. He then moved to Tulane as recruiting coordinator, where six of his seven classes were ranked in the Top 25 nationally by Collegiate Baseball. The Green Wave reached the 2005 College World Series as the top seed, and earned academic honors in Omaha. In 2009, Kingston served as associate head coach at Illinois State before being elevated to the top job the following season.
Mark was named head coach for the University of South Florida baseball team on June 4, 2014.
Head coaching record
This table depicts Kingston's record as a head coach.
|Illinois State (Missouri Valley Conference) (2010–2014)|
|2010||Illinois State||32–24||15–6||T–1st||NCAA Regional|
|2011||Illinois State||36–18||13–8||3rd||MVC Tournament|
|2012||Illinois State||33–19||10–9||4th||MVC Tournament|
|2013||Illinois State||36–18||16–5||1st||MVC Tournament|
|2014||Illinois State||33–22||10–11||5th||MVC Tournament|
|South Florida (American Athletic Conference) (2015–present)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
- "Mark Kingston Bio". Illinois State Redbirds. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
- "Mark Kingston Bio". Tulane Green Wave. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
- Aaron Fitt (July 24, 2008). "Illinois State Hires Kingston". Baseball America. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
- "Kingston, Razo and Kay lead MVC honors for Illinois State baseball". WJBC. May 21, 2013.