Four years into Pete Hughes’ tenure as the face of the baseball program, the Oklahoma Sooners will once again be looking for a new head coach. Initially reported by Kendall Rogers, it was later confirmed by the university that Hughes has officially resigned.
BREAKING: In a big surprise, I’m told that @OU_Baseball has parted ways with head coach Pete Hughes, fresh off a regional berth. #Oklahoma
— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) June 12, 2017
Compiling a 128-107-1 record over the course of four years, Hughes failed to crack the .500 mark in conference play. However, 2017 seemed as if it were a turning point for the program. Posting a 35-24 overall record, Oklahoma also claimed a winning record against conference foes at 12-11. En route to the winning Big 12 record, OU earned a marquee series win over TCU. The effort produced a resume worthy of a NCAA Tournament bid.
Winning the opening game of the Louisville Regional, the Sooners moved into the winners bracket. But the success was short lived in OU’s 37th NCAA Tournament Appearance. Dropping two consecutive lopsided games on the scoreboard, this young team journeyed home for the off-season.
Now, a new era will begin across two sports as Oklahoma begins looking for a replacement.