Kansas State has found its new baseball coach. According to a report by Kendall Rogers of D1Baseball.com, the Wildcats have hired former Oklahoma coach Pete Hughes to lead the baseball program.
— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) June 6, 2018
Hughes’ coaching resume includes nearly 20 years as a Division I coach and three NCAA Tournament appearances. Hughes started his Division I career with eight seasons at Boston College, winning two Big East Coach of the Year Awards.
He moved to Virginia Tech, where he twice won 40 games and hosted a regional in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. His success with the Hokies led to him taking the Oklahoma job, but differences over a long-term contract extension led to Hughes resigning in 2017 after four seasons, despite making his first NCAA Tournament with the Sooners that year.
Hughes spent the 2018 season working as a volunteer assistant at Georgia, serving as first base coach while tutoring Bulldogs infielders. With Hughes’ help, Georgia finished in the top 10 this season, but was knocked out of the NCAA Tournament in its own regional.
An experienced coach such as Hughes could be what Kansas State’s program needs.
Kansas State last made the NCAA Tournament in 2013, when Brad Hill led the Wildcats to a Big 12 regular-season title and the first Super Regional berth in program history. The Wildcats have had losing records in four of the five seasons since, and finished in last place in the Big 12 this year. Hill stepped down in May.