Mark Kingston (baseball)

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Mark Kingston
Sport(s) Baseball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team South Florida
Conference American Athletic Conference
Record 34–26-1
Biographical details
Born (1970-05-16) May 16, 1970 (age 45)
Buffalo, New York
Playing career
1989–1992 North Carolina
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1996–1998 Purdue (Asst.)
1999 Illinois State (Asst.)
2000–2001 Miami (FL) (asst.)
2002–2008 Tulane (Asst.)
2009 Illinois State (Asst.)
2010–2014 Illinois State
2015–present South Florida
Head coaching record
Overall 204–127-1
Tournaments NCAA: 2–4American: 2-4MVC: 13-6
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.[1][2][3][4]

Playing career[edit]

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.

Coaching career[edit]

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.

Kingston was named the head coach at South Florida ahead of the 2015 season.

Head coaching record[edit]

This table depicts Kingston's record as a head coach.

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
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
2012 Illinois State 33–19 10–9 4th
2013 Illinois State 36–18 16–5 1st
2014 Illinois State 33–22 10–11 5th
Illinois State: 170–101 64–39
South Florida (American Athletic Conference) (2015–present)
2015 South Florida 34–26-1 13–11 T-3rd NCAA Regional
South Florida: 34–26-1 13–11
Total: 204–127-1

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mark Kingston Bio". Illinois State Redbirds. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Mark Kingston Bio". Tulane Green Wave. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ Aaron Fitt (July 24, 2008). "Illinois State Hires Kingston". Baseball America. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Kingston, Razo and Kay lead MVC honors for Illinois State baseball". WJBC. May 21, 2013. 

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