Mike Kunigonis is the head baseball coach of the Northern Illinois Huskies baseball program at Northern Illinois University.
He attended Saint Peter-Marian High School in Worcester. Kunigonis attended American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts. Along with his playing career at American International, Kunigonis graduated with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice and sociology in 2001.
He was named to that position prior to the 2015 season. Kunigonis was raised in Worcester, Massachusetts. He played for the Division II Yellow Jackets from 1999–2002.
In his senior season, he was an all–region and all–conference selection as a first baseman.
While coaching at Canisius College in 2006, he earned a Master of Science in sports administration. Following his graduation, Kunigonis spent five seasons working as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at two schools in Western New New York
In 2003 and 2004, he worked at Niagara University in Lewiston, and from 2005–2007 at Canisius College in Buffalo. During his tenure at both schools, they reached the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament.
Foreign the 2008 season, Kunigonis was an assistant at Radford University.
Kunigonis joined the coaching staff at Virginia Technical prior to the 2009 season, as a volunteer assistant coach. He worked as a volunteer assistant for both the 2009 and 2010 season before being promoted to a full-time assistant coaching position. Kunigonis was promoted to be in charge of the team"s offense.
Under his guidance, the Hokies had a banner season in 2013, and had one of the highest draft picks in Virginia Technical history with infielder Chad Pinder, who was selected by the Oakland Athletics with the 71st overall pick in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft.
On January 5, 2015, Kunigonis was announced as the new head coach at Northern Illinois University.