Immaculate hires Mingachos
First, Nelson Mingachos gained his first head coaching job in soccer last fall and led the Immaculate High girls team to the state Class S title on his first try. That same November 2004 weekend, Mingachos' older brother, Joe Mingachos, won the ECAC-New England Division III soccer championship with his Western Connecticut State women's team.
Now Nelson Mingachos is on the move again. Just a week after the retirement of veteran Immaculate boys basketball coach Bob Nelson, Mingachos has been named as Nelson's successor with the Mustangs, completing a circle of sorts that began 20 years ago.
Nelson Mingachos, who has been the Immaculate junior varsity basketball coach for the past 10 years, began playing scholastic basketball as a JV player at Immaculate back in 1985, with Bob Nelson as his coach.
Mingachos was also previously the Immaculate assistant girls soccer coach before taking over for Matt Micros last fall and leading the Mustangs to a share of the SWC title and to the state Class S crown.
"Obviously with basketball, these are big shoes I have to fill," said Mingachos.
"It's an honor for me to take over the program and to follow people I've always thought so highly of, like Coach Nelson and (former coach) Dan Murphy, whom I played for, and (former principal) Bob Gerwien. It's been a great family to have been a part of."
Mingachos has been a member the Immaculate basketball family for 20 years. Even after graduating from high school and while enjoying a standout football career at Central Connecticut State as a place-kicker, he worked at the Mustang Basketball Camp.
"I guess you can say it's been a crazy year," Mingachos said.
"Here I was, having been an assistant for so many years in two sports, something I enjoyed doing and would have continued to do, but then having these two head coaching positions pop up in the same year, in such a short time."
Mingachos' JV teams averaged just one to two losses per year during his 10 seasons. The success of those apprentice teams was one of the reasons the Immaculate varsity qualified for both the SWC and state tournaments in all 10 of Nelson's seasons.
Immaculate assistant coach Dean White will coach the Immaculate junior varsity next season, while former athletic director Bob Plumb will continue to coach the freshman. Mingachos hopes to add ex Immaculate player Sean Lomas to his staff as well.
"I was happy working with Coach Nelson," Mingachos said. "He was always very good to me. He always listened and took in everything I suggested and what the other assistants suggested and talked about. He relied on everyone's opinion and trusted those opinions. I want to be able to keep that same kind of thing going with our staff next season."