Oklahoma baseball: New coach Pete Hughes has history of revitalizing programs

Pete Hughes becomes the ninth baseball coach in OU's program history and replaces Sunny Golloway, who accepted Auburn's head coaching gig two weeks ago.
by Jason Kersey Published: June 27, 2013

“I've always wanted to coach at a school where you were the institution in the region,” Hughes said. “This is the state university, and it's in one of the most fertile baseball grounds in the country. Oklahoma, bordering Texas.

“If we're going outside of that, something's wrong. We will consume those areas.”

Hughes visited his new players on a conference call just before speaking to reporters Thursday, and said all seemed receptive.

Left fielder and leadoff hitter Craig Aikin, who just finished his freshman season, attended Thursday's news conference.

He said when the Sooners were playing at Virginia Tech, he noticed that the Hokies players were loose and having fun, and he attributed that to Hughes.

“We played a handful of teams like that,” Aikin said. “The coach is really involved with those guys, and guys are just really wanting to play hard for him. They're just having the time of their lives.

“I'm really excited to play for him.”

Hughes will earn $350,000 per year at Oklahoma, according to a SoonerScoop.com report. The Washington Post reported that Hughes made $157,000 last season at Virginia Tech.

Thursday, Hughes also addressed his recent health scare. He suffered a heart attack only a few days after Virginia Tech was eliminated by Oklahoma.

He said he had 99 percent blockage in his main artery, but had a stent implanted and his artery is “100 percent wide open now.”

“I feel great,” Hughes said. “I feel fortunate. There's no damage to my heart. I'm 45 years old and in pretty good shape, with bad genetic history. Now we can stay on top of it.”


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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THE PETE HUGHES FILE

Position: Oklahoma head baseball coach, hired June 27

Age: 45

College: Davidson College (1990); Hughes, a four-year letterman and third baseman, also was the Davidson football team's four-year starting quarterback.

HEAD COACHING CAREER

1997-98: Trinity University, 52-30 (.634)

1999-2006: Boston College, 250-181-2 (.580)

2007-2013: Virginia Tech, 222-174 (.561)

Overall record: 524-385-2 (.576)

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