MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) — A man who has spent the past 21 seasons at the helm of college baseball teams across the country will soon take over as the 21st head coach at Kansas State.
On Friday, the university announced Oklahoma head coach Pete Hughes agreed to a five-year deal to take over the Wildcats program next season.
Hughes, who has built a 652-492-3 record over his career, led the Sooners to the NCAA Regionals last season - his third time leading a team that far.
“My wife Debby and I could not be more elated to be bringing our family to one of the nation’s finest college communities,” said Hughes. "It will be a privilege to wear the Purple and White.”
Prior to his time in Norman, Hughes coached for seven seasons at Virginia Tech, eight more at Boston College, where he was named Big East Coach of the Year twice. He started his head coaching career at Trinity University, in San Antonio, where he spent two seasons.
Hughes will make $375,000 in his first season at Kansas State and will get a $10,000 raise each year for the remainder of the deal.
“When we set out to hire our next baseball coach, we concentrated on finding someone with a proven track record of building and developing a successful program at the Power Five level. That is our need at this time – rebuilding a competitive program," Kansas Athletics Director Gene Taylor.
The Brockton, Massachusetts, native takes over a team that finished in the Big 12 cellar for the past two seasons and chalked up a 23-31 record last year.
"Everyone that we talked to throughout this process emphasized the gritty determination of Pete’s teams, his emphasis on preparation and fielding fundamentally sound teams, his relentless approach to recruiting, his focus on identifying and developing the hard-working, blue collar-type of player that will bleed purple, his commitment to community service and his devotion to his family," Taylor continued.
Hughes will be formally introduced during news conference at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 12, in the Vanier Complex's Steel & Pipe Team Theater.