Oklahoma appears to be close to naming a new baseball coach.
The Richmond (Va.) Times Dispatch reported the Sooners will name Virginia Tech’s Pete Hughes as its coach.
Hughes, 45, was 222-144 in seven seasons with the Hokies. Before that, he coached Boston College for eight seasons.
Virginia Tech went 40-22 this year and hosted a regional for the first time in school history, falling to the Sooners in the final.
Hughes could be introduced in Norman as soon as this afternoon. Virginia Tech has called a press conference for 4:30 p.m. local time, reportedly to name Hughes’ successor.
Hughes has one more year remaining on his Virginia Tech contract.
Hughes replaces Sunny Golloway, who went 346-181-1 in eight-plus seasons with the Sooners before being hired away by Auburn earlier this month.
Oklahoma appeared in an NCAA Regional in each of his last six seasons and won 40-plus games in each of the last five seasons.
The Sooners were 43-21 overall this year, 13-11 in the Big 12. The Sooners were swept in the super regionals by LSU.
Pitching coach Jack Giese, who seemed headed to Auburn after Golloway’s hiring there, could return to the Sooners. Golloway announced Wednesday that he was retaining pitching coach Scott Foxhall from the previous staff.
Hughes suffered a heart attack earlier this month just a few days after being eliminated by the Sooners.
He drove himself to the hospital after suffering from symptoms for about six hours.
According to the Roanoke Times, Hughes underwent surgery June 6 to have a stent implanted following the heart attack.
Before going to Virginia Tech, Hughes was 250-181-2 in eight seasons at Boston College. He spent two seasons (1997-98) as the head coach at Trinity University in San Antonio, going 52-30.
He started his coaching career as an assistant in both football and baseball at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., before moving to similar positions at Northeastern University in Boston.
The Brockton, Mass., native was a two-sport standout at Davidson College.