After award-filled season, Payton Kinney will return to UNO baseball as a pitching coach

The Mavericks announced Wednesday that Payton Kinney has been named the program's new pitching coach.

Payton Kinney shined on the mound for UNO. Now he’ll try to teach others to do the same.

The Mavericks announced Wednesday that Kinney will be their new pitching coach.

“Payton provides an immediate boost to our pitching staff,” coach Evan Porter said in a press release. “He knows the physical and mental aspects of pitching and has a unique ability to teach those around him. He understands our culture and we are thrilled to have him as our pitching coach.”

Kinney helped UNO sweep the Summit League titles this past season. He finished his senior year with a 1.96 ERA, 11-2 record and 111 strikeouts, earning third-team All-America and Summit League pitcher of the year honors.

“I am very happy to continue my journey within the Maverick family and have the opportunity to work with coach Porter and coach Brian Strawn,” Kinney said. “We have a fantastic culture here and it is exciting to help build upon that. I look forward to mentoring and working with our pitching staff.”

The right-hander, who was an All-Nebraska selection for Norris, began his career at Southeast Community College. He tossed a no-hitter in 2018, but his season ended a week later due to a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament and pronator muscle.

He was granted a sixth year of eligibility in 2019, when he helped the Mavs finish 31-24-1 to earn the program’s first NCAA tournament bid. Kinney got the start in the regional opener against overall No. 1 seed UCLA.

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