Foundation for the future


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The overhaul of UK Athletics facilities continues Solid Blue fans.  On deck, the new baseball facility on the south side of campus.

It was groundbreaking day next to the soccer-softball complex.

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Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart and first-year head Bat Cat Nick Mingione were on hand to get to work.

It’s about family, and resources meeting expectations, for the program.  But what’s planned is state of the art, so should Solid Blue fans be prepared to raise their expectations to meet the new resources?

Also on hand for the ceremony was former UK head coach Keith Madison.

A man known around the Commonwealth and baseball circles and beyond, Madison was, and is, very much appreciated by the new staff and embraced for helping with both the literal and figurative foundation for the future.

Check out the video to hear from Barnhart, Mingione and Madison.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at