A well-known name in the Villanova baseball program was tabbed as the Wildcats head coach on July 14, 2016, as Kevin Mulvey was named the 11th full-time head coach in the program's 150-plus year history. Mulvey, a former standout pitcher for Villanova who reached the major leagues during a successful professional career, was elevated to the head coaching position after spending the previous four seasons as the team's lead assistant coach.
Mulvey becomes just the fifth person in the last 68 years to guide one of college baseball's longest-running programs. The origins of the Wildcats baseball team date back to 1866 and the program celebrated its 150th anniversary this past spring.
Mulvey returned to campus in 2013 to begin his coaching career and he spent the past four seasons as the Villanova pitching coach. He had also coordinated the program's nationwide recruiting efforts for the past two years and oversaw the academic progress of the Wildcats student-athletes as the coaching staff's liaison to the Office of Academic Support.
During his tenure as an assistant coach in the past four seasons, Mulvey helped 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 senior pitcher Kagan Richardson was named to the Philadelphia Big 5 All-Academic Team for the second straight year. In addition, the baseball team'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.
Hitting Coach/First Base Coach
Adam White joins the Villanova coaching staff for his first season in 2016 and will be the team's hitting coach and first base coach. He comes to the Wildcats after spending one year as an assistant coach at Valparaiso.
White is a former All-BIG EAST outfielder and league Rookie of the Year at West Virginia who went on to play parts of three seasons in the minor leagues. Since the end of his professional playing career, he has established himself in the coaching ranks at the collegiate level and in collegiate summer leagues. His coaching stops prior to Valparaiso include stints at Penn State and Oral Roberts.
During the 2015 season at Valparaiso, White was responsible for the Crusaders outfielders and base running. He coached a pair of All-Horizon League performers in Nolan Lodden and Giovanni Garbella while helping Valparaiso post a winning record in conference play and advance to the Horizon League tournament. Lodden, a junior college transfer, earned second team all-conference accolades after batting .327 with 12 doubles, 45 runs scored and a team-high 10 stolen bases in his first season with the Crusaders. Garbella was named to the All-Freshman Team after batting .286 in conference games and establishing himself as one of the team's top defensive outfielders.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Joining the Villanova coaching staff for his first season in 2016 is Lee Saverio, an experienced coach at many levels of baseball who is a familiar name in the Philadelphia area. Saverio will be the Wildcats volunteer assistant coach and will work with the offense in addition to being the third base coach. Most recently, Saverio spent three years as the hitting coach at Lehigh.
Saverio was previously the head coach at La Salle (2004-07) and an interim head coach at Saint Joseph's (2008) in addition to spending 13 years as head coach at Cheltenham High School. He has also worked in professional baseball as a scout for the New York Mets, and is the owner and camp director at Total Instructional Baseball Camp.
During his three seasons at Lehigh, Saverio achieved a great deal of success working with the Mountain Hawks offense. Lehigh led the Patriot League by a large margin with 39 home runs during the 2015 season and the team went on to win its second-ever Patriot League title on the way to reaching the NCAA Tournament. In 2014, the Mountain Hawks led the Patriot League in batting average and advanced to the Patriot League Championship for the first time in eight years.
Director of Operations
Taylor Wright is in his first season on the Villanova staff and will be the team's Director of Operations. He will be heavily involved in the day-to-day business aspects of the baseball program, including coordinating travel and other logistics. He will also be involved with alumni affairs and will help the coaching staff with scouting and the team's video operations.
Wright pitched four years of college baseball at Brown, making 56 appearances including six starts for the Bears. He tallied four wins and a save during his collegiate career while pitching 111.0 innings and striking out 67 batters. Wright started five of his 11 appearances as a senior in 2015 and averaged 6.5 strikeouts per nine innings. In his final collegiate game, he started and gave up just two earned runs on six hits over six innings pitched to earn a win at Yale. As a freshman in 2012, Wright led the Brown pitching staff in ERA for both the full season and in Ivy League games. He made a team-high 13 appearances out of the bullpen as a junior in 2014 and had a 1.35 ERA in league games that season.
Prior to his collegiate career, Wright was a three-sport athlete at Episcopal Academy. He earned four varsity letters in baseball as a pitcher and middle infielder in addition to earning three letters in both basketball and football. He was the baseball team captain as a senior in 2011 and earned first team all-conference honors that season. Wright led the pitching staff in strikeouts as a senior and also holds the school record for most passing yards in a season in football. He was a second team All-Interscholastic League selection in basketball as a senior.